A massive conspiracy among government-education officials in Atlanta to inflate student test scores by cheating resulted this week in seven-year prison sentences for some of the conspirators, convicted by a jury recently of racketeering, conspiracy, and other crimes. But while a handful of public school employees in Georgia may be facing the brunt of public outrage — though some are attempting to justify it — the scandal in Atlanta represents just the tip of a giant scandalous iceberg, according to experts. In fact, just in recent months, more cheating schemes to fraudulently boost student test scores have been discovered in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Mexico, and other states. The true magnitude of the problem has yet to be discovered — and the cheating scandal pales in comparison to other, far more serious abuses and crimes going on in the government school system.
Parents kept tens of thousands of students out of Common Core testing in schools throughout the city and state of New York Tuesday in a campaign organizers hope reached the goal of 250,000 students avoiding the tests. Official numbers won’t be available for weeks, the New York Post reported, while observing that the number of third- to eighth-graders statewide not taking Tuesday’s English exam will likely exceed last year’s 60,000. The Math exam will be given next week.
Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) are making progress in garnering bipartisan support for an education bill unveiled last week — the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 — that would overhaul the No Child Left Behind law.
A small family-owned business in Indiana reopened late last week after being closed for eight days due to the uproar over the owners’ statements that they would not cater a same-sex wedding.
While works such as Bill O'Reilly's Killing Jesus may be all the rage, research shows that America's faith is "a mile wide and an inch deep." And even more interesting is the reason why.