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

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. The youngest of the accused, Shani Robinson had taught for only three years and was a new mother when she was wrongfully convicted and faced up to 20 years in prison.

In None of the Above, Robinson and journalist Anna Simonton explore how racist policies and practices cheated generations of black children out of opportunities long before some teachers tampered with tests. Examining the corporate education reform movement, hyper-policing in black communities, cycles of displacement and gentrification, and widening racial and economic disparities in Atlanta, they reveal how the financially powerful have profited from privatization and the dismantling of public education. Against this backdrop, they cast the story of the cheating scandal in a new light, illuminating a deeply flawed investigation and a circus-like trial spun into a media sensation that defied justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781974938780
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 5.04(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Shani Robinson, an alumna of Tennessee State University, is an advocate for troubled youth and their families. She taught in the Atlanta Public Schools system for three years.

Anna Simonton is an independent journalist based in Atlanta and is 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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