In lieu of the news and my post about Aunt Becky and Lynette being indicted for the college admissions scam that spanned nearly a decade, post here. I wanted to bring your attention to the people who have been jailed for doing their own version of school test scams and received harsher penalties.

See, money gets you access… access to places, people, and even Ivy League school admission spots that don’t belong to you. Money gets you in places, but race gets you in places as well, which is why I don’t expect there to be any jail time for these people involved in this scam. 

So, let’s remember that we aren’t on a level playing field, to begin with, but even more so when it comes to education, money, and race. Story here.

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Story Recap:

First, we have the 8 educators in Georgia, who were imprisoned in 2015. Story here.

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These educators tried to boost some kids’ test scores in their low-income schools. They received jail time for their part in the scandal. 

Three of them got 7 years in prison, 13 years of probation. The others received 1- and 2 years in prison. According to the article, “The sentences, handed down by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry W. Baxter after the defendants refused more lenient plea agreements, were so harsh that even the prosecutor had qualms.”

 

According to the article…

The case began in 2013, when 35 educators were indicted on charges including racketeering, making false statements and theft. Two died, and several pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Of the 12 remaining defendants, 11 were convicted of violating Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law, a statute originally intended to prosecute mobsters and drug cartels. One was acquitted, and another is scheduled to be sentenced later.

Further, the article states, “A state investigation found that as early as 2005, educators gave answers to students or erased and changed answers on tests after they were turned in. Evidence of cheating was found in 44 schools, with nearly 180 educators involved.

Atlanta Schools Cheating Scandal

Yes, the teachers were wrong for giving students answers, changing answers, etc. I am not denying that. However, it’s no different from Aunt Becky and others in that scandal. They took it much further in the college admission scam. 

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Another story of Kamilah not being believed to be smart enough to raise her own test scores for college. Story here. 

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Kamilah Campbell took her SATs, which are standardized tests for college admission. On the first try, she got a score of 900. The most you can get is 1600, which is a perfect score. I remember when students used to joke about getting 200 points for spelling your name correctly. 🤷‍♀️

Anyway, she wasn’t satisfied with a score of 900 and believed that she could do so much better with some preparation. So, her mother got her a tutor, she took online classes, and bought a copy of The Princeton Review prep book in order to prepare to take the SATs again and get a higher score.

Instead of receiving her test scores after her second attempt, she received a letter from the testing company saying, “We are writing to you because based on a preliminary review, there appears to be substantial evidence that your scores … are invalid,” it said. “Our preliminary concerns are based on [the] substantial agreement between your answers on one or more scored sections of the test and those of other test takers. The anomalies noted above raise concerns about the validity of your scores.”

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Basically, they didn’t believe that she was worthy of her 2nd set of scores b/c it was above what she’d previously gotten. Immediately, she felt like she was being called a cheater and wasn’t able to access her new scores. She later found out she received a  score of 1230.

According to the article, “A score is never flagged for review solely on score gains… scores may be flagged for a number of reasons, including testing sheets having similar answers or an incident occurring at the testing site, he said. Goldberg could not say how many tests have been flagged.”

Campbell and her mom hired a lawyer, Ben Crump, to help with her case. He believes that the testing company is trying to assassinate her character based solely on the fact that Campbell scored 330 points more than her first try. 

Word of Advice

download (1)I chose to remember that there are punishments attached to cheating scandals. Even still, I feel that Aunt Becky and Lynette among others involved in that college admissions scam will not receive the same harsh punishments.

I feel like they will be given lighter sentences and/or punishments b/c of their money, privilege, and influence. 

Let’s be real… As I stated earlier, this college admissions scam compared to the school test scam in 2015 is on a much larger scale. I mean, the money paid for their children to cheat the system was between $200,000 and $6.5 million, which ain’t no chump change. 

I am happy to report that Lori’s two daughters dropped out of school and Fuller House dropped Lori from the show due to her involvement. That’s a start! 

What they did was wrong as hell, but I am more interested to see how the federal government will handle their crimes and I will report on that once it’s finalized.