1. SCANDAL

    Widespread Cheating in Atlanta Schools

    Gov. Nathan Deal  speaks at a  news conference in the Capitol to discuss the findings of the special investigation of alleged cheating on test scores in the Atlanta Public School System on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 in Atlanta.  Deal said 44 of the 56 schools investigated took part in cheating. Investigators also found that 38 principals were wither responsible for the cheating or were directly involved in it. And they determined that 178 teachers and principals cheated. Of those, 82 confessed to the misconduct.

    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (Bob Andres, Atlanta Journal & Constitution / AP Photo)

    A yearlong investigation into Atlanta standardized test scores concluded Tuesday that nearly four dozen elementary and middle schools educators cheated on those tests. The report said 178 teachers and principals either helped students or changed the answer once the test was handed in. Eighty-two educators have confessed to misconduct dating back to 2001, affecting thousands of schoolchildren. The investigators also said there was a “culture of fear, intimidation and retaliation” in the school districts, which led educators to lie about the cheating, despite warnings going as far back as 2005.

    Read it at The Wall Street Journal