Pedro Noguera, my colleague at New York University, said the following in an email this morning:

“How ironic.  Not one banker in jail for ruining the economy but a superintendent is under indictment for cheating.  Says a lot about our nation’s priorities. – pedro”

I asked and got his permission to post this. He added:

I don’t condone cheating but I see what happened in Atlanta and the other districts where cheating has occurred as a direct result of the insane fixation on raising test scores at the expense of actually insuring that children are learning.  The real fault lies with the federal and state governments that have been applying the pressure on school districts.  They have compelled good people like Beverly Hall to turn a blind eye to cheating.  

 – Pedro