Atlanta school Superintendent Beverly Hall in a bold candid move has made it obviously clear to all that she accepts full responsibility for the allegation of cheating that occurred in her school district. Hall has pledged to move Atlanta school system forward beyond the city current “painful chapter”.
Hall appeared to be sincere in assuming responsibility for Atlanta city schools current problems stating “…as superintendent the buck stops here”. The annual state of the system address was Hall first major speech since the CRCT cheating allegation surfaced earlier this year and was attended by all nine board members.
Hall began her state of the system address to an onslaught of standing ovation by many in attendance in the crowd. Words like “expertise” and “integrity” could be heard coming from some in the crowd.
Hall expressed deep concern for the children enrolled in Atlanta’s public school system announcing that “our children deserve better…they have a right to teachers who believe in them and who are willing to teach them determination instead of deception”.
The Blue Ribbon panel commissioned to investigate the CRCT cheating scandal in their report cited no evidence that linked Hall or other top school officials with orchestrating or condoning cheating in Atlanta public schools. Hall has agreed to review the system’s use of financial incentives for employees who met certain benchmarks.
Hall’s current contract as Atlanta School Superintendent ends June 30 however, neither the board nor Dr. Hall has talked about her leaving the school system. Dr. Hall sentiments rang out loud and clear when she publicly stated “you don’t run away” Hall’s statement has reaffirmed for some her commitment to move the school system forward.
Among Hall’s plan to move the school system forward includes: intensive tutoring and other academic support for children attending school at one of the 58 schools involved in the alleged CRCT cheating investigation.
Additionally, the school system, according to Hall’s plan will conduct annual testing audits, peer review of principals, conduct school climate surveys and incorporate ethics training into the planning. Hall has announced that her charge for this school year is to regain the public’s trust in its city schools.
While, Hall gave a stellar state of the system address on Tuesday only time will tell if Hall’s presence in school buildings through out Atlanta Public School system is effective enough to make a difference in moving the system forward and winning back the public trust.