August 28, 2012
ALBANY -- Having spent the past year of my life caught up in this CRCT mess, trust me when I say this whole situation has been a very nuanced and very complicated animal. It's not a simple issue of "they are all guilty" or "this is a witch hunt." The truth lies somewhere in between.
Having read and listened to a mountain of evidence presented by the GBI and special investigators, there is no doubt that some innocent people were caught up in what could be considered an overly zealous state probe. Yet some guilty folks also walked free, smiling all the way back to their former jobs.
That's the way these things often work. Not all 49 folks were going to be fired, nor were all 49 going to skate.
By the time the smoke clears, around 22 people will no longer be with the DCSS and there have been changes to testing protocols. There was cheating. no doubt, but there is also a world of difference in a teacher patting little Johnny on his back and saying "be sure to check your work," and "are you sure about No. 3?"
This is where the gray area lies - and there was a lot of gray.
This system has much wrong with it. Nepotism and cronyism run rampant and it often overshadows the good things that are going on. The only certainty at the moment is that this particular nightmare is almost over.