None of the Above: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed , and the Criminalization of Educators

None of the Above: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed , and the Criminalization of Educators

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Overview

An insider's account of the infamous Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal which scapegoated black employees for problems caused by an education reform movement that is increasingly a proxy for corporate greed.

In March of 2013, thirty-five black educators in Atlanta Public Schools were charged with racketeering and conspiracy--the same charges used to bring down the American mafia--for allegedly changing students' answers on standardized tests. At the time of her arrest, the youngest of the accused, Shani Robinson was just 28-years-old. She was unjustly convicted under the RICO Act, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. As Robinson and her co-defendants appeal their case, the corporate-led education reform movement runs rampant, policing of black and brown communities becomes increasingly brutal, and racial and economic disparities gape even wider.

In None of the Above, Robinson and her co-author, journalist Anna Simonton, go back through the history of education, racial oppression, and the criminal justice system to show that black children in Atlanta were being deprived long before some teachers changed the answers on their students' tests.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807022207
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 189,630
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Shani Robinson is an alumnus of Tennessee State University and taught in Atlanta Public Schools for three years. She's currently an advocate for troubled youth and their families.
Anna Simonton is an independent journalist and an editor for Scalawag magazine. Her work has been published by The Nation, In These Times, and AlterNet, among others.

Table of Contents

Prologue

CHAPTER ONE
Hook, Line, and Sinker

CHAPTER TWO
Finding My Way

CHAPTER THREE
The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

CHAPTER FOUR
Pushing the Envelope

CHAPTER FIVE
The Darker the Night

CHAPTER SIX
Between a Rock and a Hard Place

CHAPTER SEVEN
Getting Cold

CHAPTER EIGHT
Not the Brightest Bulb in the Box

CHAPTER NINE
Speak of the Devil

Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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