NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Atlanta Educators Sent To Prison


Atlanta Educators Sentenced, Will Serve Up To Seven Years In Prison Over Cheating Scandal

After being found guilty of the largest cheating scandal in the nation, 10 former Atlanta educators were sentenced Tuesday, some up to seven years in prison.

Judge Jerry Baxter of Fulton County Superior Court sentenced the educators to less stringent prison terms than the 20 years previously expected, USA Today reports. The educators were accused of taking part in a cheating scandal by changing the answers to standardized tests to receive bonuses or to keep their jobs. Many teachers who tried to expose the educators were reportedly threatened.

Confirm Lynch Fast: Women Civil Rights Leaders Stage Hunger Strike To Push Loretta Lynch Confirmation

Five months after Loretta Lynch was nominated by President Obama to replace Attorney General Eric Holder, she’s still awaiting confirmation. Now, women civil rights leaders are uniting to stage a hunger strike in an effort to move along the delayed process.

The group, composed of leaders from Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) and a number of activists, launched a fasting campaign Wednesday dubbed Confirm Lynch Fast.

ADHD Wars Against Black Boys: Dr. Umar Johnson Details How To Combat The Misdiagnosis Of The Learning Disorder

Why are we medicating so many of our young African American males for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)?

Recent studies show that there’s a 70% increase of ADHD identification for black children. Black boys are diagnosed with the disorder at a higher rate than any other group of students in the United States.

Educator and school psychologist, Dr. Umar Johnson, says one way that schools deal with perceived “bad behavior” is to diagnose and medicate students for Attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder or ADHD.

Dr. Johnson joined Roland Martin Wednesday on NewsOne Now to discuss his book, Psycho-Academic Holocaust: The Special Education & ADHD Wars Against Black Boys, the increase in misdiagnosis of ADHD in the African American community, how to combat the American education system’s using ADHD and behavioral disorders to stigmatize African American youth.

All that and more in this edition of the “NewsOne Now” Audio Podcast.

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