The Fight to Free Atlanta Public Schools Teachers

January 20, 2022 @ 8:00PM — 9:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

An insider's account of the infamous Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal which scapegoated Black employees for problems caused by an education reform movement that is increasingly a proxy for corporate greed.

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Join Dr. Bettina Love in conversation with Atlanta-area educators Shani Robinson and Anna Simonton

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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 pleaded not guilty. Shani Robinson was nine months pregnant when a jury found her and 10 other educators, mostly ex-teachers and principals, guilty of racketeering and other charges related to their role in inflating student test scores on the 2009 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests. Over a decade later the case is still ongoing.

Anna Simonton is the interim development director for the effort to relaunch The Appeal. She was a senior editor at The Appeal after editing for Scalawag magazine for five years. She has focused her journalism career on covering social movements for collective liberation, particularly in the U.S. South. In 2019, she co-founded Press On, an organization dedicated to Southern movement journalism, where she is currently a board member. She is the co-author with Shani Robinson of “None of the Above: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed, and the Criminalization of Educators.” Originally from Atlanta, she is now based in Minneapolis.