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Beverly Hall pens column for Education Week magazine

Beverly Hall pens column for Education Week magazine

ATLANTA -- Former Atlanta school superintendent Beverly Hall authored a column in Education Week, an industry magazine for educators, saying the APS cheating scandal is not the "whole" story.

"There is no excuse for cheating, and I deeply regret that I did not do more to prevent it," Hall said in the column.

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She went on to point out gains she says the school system was able to push over the course of her tenure.

Texas district cuts ties with ex-Atlanta official

Texas district cuts ties with ex-Atlanta official

DeSOTO, Texas -- A Dallas-area school board is severing ties with its new superintendent, who was caught in the fallout of a test-cheating scandal in her previous district in Atlanta.

The DeSoto school board voted 3-2 Monday night to negotiate the terms of a voluntary exit agreement with Superintendent Kathy Augustine's employment. Two board members were absent.

The board had the same discussion on the agenda last month but adjourned without settling the future of the former deputy Atlanta school superintendent.

The district in the suburb south of Dallas hired Augustine in April for $188,000 a year. However, the board placed her on paid leave last month while it re-examined her Atlanta tenure. She has denied having knowledge of test cheating in Atlanta.

Teachers' attorney: Atlanta test cheating report inaccurate, falsely accuses the innocent

Teachers' attorney: Atlanta test cheating report inaccurate, falsely accuses the innocent

TUCKER, Ga. -- A backlash is brewing against the test-cheating report implicating 178 Atlanta Public Schools teachers, principals and superintendents in a long-running scheme to correct their students' incorrect answers on standardized tests in order to make the schools look good.

The Director of Legal Services for the Georgia Association of Educators, Mike McGonigle, is investigating that investigation.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: CRCT Cheating Investigation

He told 11Alive's Jon Shirek, during an interview Wednesday at GAE's headquarters in Tucker, that he's already discovering errors and omissions in the report.

Local Art Gallery, Author and Miss America Bring the Story of Rwanda Alive in African Exhibit

Local Art Gallery, Author and Miss America Bring the Story of Rwanda Alive in African Exhibit

 

The story of any culture is found in the artwork of its people.  Humanitarian and Author, Linda Cox has partnered with Kirsten Halgund, a humanitarian and media personality also crowned Miss America 2008 to bring the experience of the beautiful culture of Rwanda to Emerging Art Scene Gallery in Castleberry Hill in an exhibit called MARKET RWANDA.  Set for Sunday,  July 31st from 4pm – 7pm, the market will include a distinctive collection of  beautiful handmade jewelry, home décor and a book signing complete with a brief video and storytelling about the author’s Rwandan friends, Simon & Kedress Nziramakenga who are also characters in the author’s children’s book, They Had to Run.

MARIETTA: New Cobb superintendent weighs in on APS

MARIETTA: New Cobb superintendent weighs in on APS

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Dr. Michael Hinojosa, the new superintendent of the Cobb County School District, said other systems can learn from the Atlanta CRCT cheating scandal.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: APS CRCT Investigation

"Sometimes testing is overblown," Dr. Hinojosa said following his swearing-in ceremony Monday morning. "You need to make sure people are focused on the right thing. That's student learning, not some number."

Dr. Hinojosa did not address the scandal during his first official speech to school leaders and employees.

But he did tell school board members, "I promise you I will not let you down."

He took the job after serving as head of the Dallas Independent School District in Texas for six years.

11Alive's Jennifer Leslie asked Dr. Hinojosa about the APS cheating investigation right after his swearing-in ceremony.

Have you seen Dr. Hall?

Have you seen Dr. Hall?

ATLANTA - As parents of students in Atlanta's public schools learn more about widespread allegations of cheating on the Criterion Reference Competency Tests, the woman in charge of the school system at the time, Dr. Beverly Hall, has become difficult to track down.

Gov. Nathan Deal released a report Tuesday evening to the Associated Press containing evidence and confessions of cheating in Atlanta's schools. The report names former Superintendent Hall, who retired last month.

"The APS General Counsel told us that one of her main duties was to provide Superintendent Hall with 'deniability.' Her aim was to insulate Dr. Hall from the burden of the responsibility for making difficult decisions," the report said.

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

ATLANTA (AP) -- As many parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration take effect, a Latino community group is organizing "a day without immigrants" to protest the measure.

The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights is calling for a day of non-compliance, asking businesses to close and community members to stay home and not work or shop Friday.

Alan Conner, owner of Dakota Blue restaurant in Grant Park, said he thinks the law is unjust and planned to close for lunch Friday in solidarity.

But some urge caution. Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, says skipping work without authorization could cost people jobs in a tough economic climate.

Groups are also organizing a "march for justice" on Saturday at the state Capitol to protest the law.

(The Associated Press)