Poll: Philadelphia Educators Charged in Cheating Scandal

Last week, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane filed multiple felony charged against four elementary school teachers and a principal for their alleged roles in cheating on state exams.

The charges — which include perjury, tampering with public records, forgery and criminal conspiracy — stem from allegations of changing student answers, providing answers to students and reviewing the test questions before handing out the test.

The Attorney General’s office accuses the educators of “perpetuating a culture of cheating” over a five-year period.

“Cheating robs children of a good education and hurts kids and families,” Kane said in a press release. “The alleged misconduct by these educators is an affront to the public’s trust and will not be  tolerated.”

This case is reminiscent of the educator cheating scandals in Atlanta and Long Island that we wrote about a year ago. What’s going on and what should we do about it? Take our poll and share your thoughts by posting a comment below.

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3 thoughts on “Poll: Philadelphia Educators Charged in Cheating Scandal”

  1. Throwing the book at them is a good idea to make examples of them to help deter others however i believe it is the funding that enticed them to cheat. It does not do the child any good nor do you get true results with that kind of incentive, in my humble opinion.

  2. Hello Michael,
    It would appear from the poll results thus far that taking away the motivation is the means to character development. So I guess doing something because it is right is no longer valid. It is not uncommon to take the approach of trying to legislate character but the experience of many proves that to be a waste of time. Moral relativity and the belief no one will ever find out entice and motivate many to compromise who might otherwise consider themselves moral and ethical. High moral standards have been eroded, not only from educational institutions that train the teachers, but more tragically, from the families who raised these individuals with a moral deficit that believes the ends justify the means, regardless of any potential consequences. After all, it is only wrong if we get caught.

    Stephen Clark

  3. Hi, all!
    When I studied sociology, I believed this type of behavior was called “anomie” — when the goal was emphasized more than the legitimate ways of getting there. That’s what is going on in these high-speed testing environments. Ethics training won’t help because they already know right from wrong. Throwing the book at those who get caught doesn’t change someone from thinking, “It won’t happen to me.” If that were the case, we wouldn’t have any murder. No, what I believe needs to happen is the high-stake testing, as we do it now, needs to go away.


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