I will have more on the jail sentences, in some cases as long as seven years, handed out to teachers and administrators in the Atlanta cheating case. In the meantime, this is quite remarkable:
But those eight can appeal within 30 days, and they can be out of jail on bond while the appeals are pending. Those who took the deals—former teacher Pamela Cleveland and former testing coordinator Donald Bullock —waived their right to appeal. They also agreed to apologize to students, parents and the court.
During sentencing, Judge Baxter called the cheating “pervasive.”
“It’s like the sickest thing that’s ever happened in this town,” he said.
Uh, I’m…not convinced this is true. (Well, in fairness, while the 13-year-old girl was killed in Atlanta the subsequent anti-Semitic lynching of an innocent man was done outside of city limits.) Speaking of killing children, there’s this. And this. And then there’s this. And…well, I think we’ve established that the judge may have lost perspective here, just like the prosecutors did.