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

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  12 reviews
An insider's account of the infamous Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal that scapegoated black employees for problems rooted in the education reform movement.

In March of 2013, 35 educators in the 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 stan
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by Beacon Press
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Ellie
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
None of the Above is the story of the Atlanta cheating scandal of 2009 as told by one of the educators convicted of cheating. I will make known my prejudice at the start: whatever happened, I believe the sentences were way out of whack for the possible crimes committed. Also, I find it suspicious that it was primarily African-American educators who were targeted when the cheating apparently took place throughout the city.

That being said, I was sympathetic to Robinson's claims of innocence. And i
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Chris
Disclaimer: I received a copy via a giveaway on Librarything.

This book about the Atlanta school test cheating scandal is really two books in one body and as such is not as good a book as it could be.

Shani Robinson was a teacher at Dunbar Elementary in Atlanta. After she left the school, she was charged as one of the teachers who allegedly changed answers on standardized tests. Robinson plead not guilty, but sadly, lost in court. She is appealing. I hope she wins.

Part of the book, the first bo
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Mike Syku
Feb 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Doug Cornelius
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Doug by: 19 BRRH2019 A book of nonviolent true crime
There were massive problems at the schools in Atlanta. Funding problems choked schools from needed capital investments and programming dollars. There was pressure to perform well on standardized tests under the No Child Left Behind Law, with fewer resources.

That pressure was too much for some principals and school teachers. They cheated and changed answers on their students tests.

Shanti Robinson is one of the teachers who went to trial for cheating on the standardized tests. She tells her story
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Richard
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
The subtitle of this book is misleading. The book is much more about how the Atlanta public schools cheating scandal was another event in a long history of the unfair criminalization of black people. Corporate greed doesn't really come up that much.

The book tries to tell several stories. There's Robinson's own experience, joining Teach for America, teaching in an Atlanta school, and being accused and tried for changing test answers. There's Atlanta's real estate development and how it harmed poo
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Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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None of the Above: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed, and the Criminalization of Educators by Shani Robinson and Anna Simonton is a non-fiction book about the experiences of Mrs. Robinson who has been involved in this humiliating and undignified event. Mrs. Robinson. After several years, Mrs. Robinson, whose appeal is still pending, is able to talk about this issue.

I like to
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Earl
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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None of the Above from Shani Robinson and Anna Simonton tells a contextualized version of the Atlanta cheating scandal. Events in the public sphere do not happen in a vacuum and knowing the background helps to keep everything in perspective.

First, this book reviews the various forces that have come together to undermine this country's public education system. While some may complain that this is not on a par with a book devoted to analyzing these ills, that is a disingenuous way of displaying th
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Rob Weir
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
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This is a story of the 2009 Atlanta standardized test cheating scandal, from the perspective of one of the teachers, Shani Robinson, who was accused and convicted. Yes, it is self-serving. All books of this type are. We know, when we sit down to read a book like this, that the protagonist will be kind, virtuous and full of integrity, that prosecutors will be over-zealous, politically-motivated hacks, that prosecution witnesses will all be liars, hoping to save their own skin, and that the judge ...more
Amanda Lindell
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shani and Anna weave together the complicated systems of intersecting public policy arenas throughout None of the Above. After a rough start exploring these arenas, the majority of the book artfully describes how policy and corruption have not only impacted Atlanta public schools but schools throughout the country. It may be difficult for the general public to follow but anyone in the social justice and education arenas will find it interesting.
David Pulliam
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was just painful to listen to.
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Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Some parts were interesting but I skimmed a lot of this book.
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