None of the Above: The Atlanta Cheating Scandal in Context

May 5, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm America/New York Timezone
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

The Baton Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, will host a lecture and book signing about the Atlanta cheating scandal. This program is free and open to the public.

In “None of the Above: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed, and the Criminalization of Educators,” author Shani Robinson, along with journalist Anna Simonton, chronicles her story as a teacher convicted on racketeering charges while offering a comprehensive exposé of who really cheated the children of Atlanta. The authors show how Atlanta Public Schools employees were collateral damage in a crisis caused by an education reform movement that is increasingly shaped by business interests.

The book links Robinson’s personal experience to the political and historical context that set the stage for the Atlanta cheating scandal. It explores how policies and practices rooted in structural racism have cheated generations of Black children long before teachers tampered with tests–and how those policies continue to do so today–in Atlanta and across the country. Examining the corporate education reform movement, hyper-policing in Black communities, cycles of displacement and gentrification, and widening racial and economic disparities in Atlanta, the authors 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.