Standard In Georgia!
Administrators At Fault, Not Teachers
Dr. John Trotter
I have seen the Professional Standards
Commission (PSC) recommend three years of suspension of a teacher's certificate for a much less offense. Let's just face the
facts: The PSC was set up by the administrators and their legislator-friends to keep teachers in line, not administrators.
There is a clear double standard in the State. When Beverly Hall did not report
any serious disciplinary offenses a few years back for about 40 or more Atlanta schools, people just raised their eyebrows
is disbelief, but nothing was done. When Alvin Wilbanks in Gwinnett did not report thousands and thousands (wasn't it over
30,000?) serious disciplinary offenses, the PSC just slapped him on the hand.
I received just yesterday an email
from a Gwinnett teacher who
says that Gwinnett in engaging in systematic cheating and that she has been trying to report it to Gwinnett officials, but
that they are turning a deaf ear. This type of anecdotal evidence comes into the MACE Office on a fairly regular basis, and
this is why MACE was the lone wolf howling in the desert about the systematic cheating taking place in places like DeKalb
and Atlanta. Heck, State Senator Ronald Ramsey simply summarily shut down a grievance hearing
wherein teachers were apparently prepared to testify about systematic cheating taking place at Clarkston High School. We presume that Ramsey was just doing the job of his boss,
Trust me: These incidents at the named schools are not the only places of malevolent conduct. I
think that it is just the tip of a huge cheating iceberg. MACE will continue to speak out against such conduct, even though
MACE will be reviled as some educational pariah to these weasel administrators. It is the adminstrators who are destroying
our public schools, not the teachers. (c) MACE, September 10, 2009.