Praise for none of the above


“The publicity surrounding the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial convicted Robinson in the court of public opinion. With this book, she has the opportunity to present her case in full. Her voice deserves to be heard.”

Diane Ravitch, author of Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools and former National Education Secretary

“A blistering account written by a Black educator who has nothing to lose but fear, None of the Above is a stunning indictment of the loveless neoliberal politics of public education ‘reform’ that plagues predominantly Black communities like Atlanta. And those who conspired to create the theatre that was the cheating scandal should be shaking in shame upon reading.”

Darnell L. Moore, author of No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America

“Robinson has stood her ground at immense personal cost. Now, in this book, she and Simonton represent the best of teaching as they challenge taken-for-granted assumptions and reveal the root causes of urban school struggle: historic state neglect, racism, and profiteering at the expense of black communities. Will we learn or continue to scapegoat black teachers for a crisis they did not create? This is the real test.”

Kristen Buras, author of Charter Schools, Race, and Urban Space: Where the Market Meets Grassroots Resistance

In an affecting narrative with scrupulous reporting, Robinson and Simonton detail the hypocrisy and greed behind an ‘education reform movement’ that used the same test scores to award Georgia federal grant money while sending black teachers to prison. Providing facts lost amid the ensuing media circus and stoking resolve to serve those at the story’s true center—the children cheated of opportunity before they even made it to school—None of the Above is essential reading for those fighting to preserve public education.

Angela Ards, author of Words of Witness: Black Women’s Autobiography in the Post-Brown Era

None of the Above takes the reader inside the burning house that our public education system has become and seeks to show us a way out.”

W. Ralph Eubanks, author of Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey into Mississippi’s Dark Past

“A former teacher convicted in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal makes a strong case that students have been cheated by corporate profiteers and racist policies that undermine public education…Robinson claims she didn’t do it, and her book leaves no reason to doubt her.”

Kirkus Reviews

“What grips the reader most is Robinson’s personal story…A vivid and dramatic look at the consequences of the corporatization of public education.”