School investigated in Bing Our School Needs contest found in compliance with contest rules

The results are in for the Bing Our School Needs contest. Greenfield Hebrew Academy, located in Atlanta, Georgia, received the $100,000 grand prize, with Patriot Elementary School in Fort Carson, Colorado being named the first place winner in the K-6 category, receiving $50,000. Both of these schools were running neck-in-neck against Bear River Charter School in Logan, who failed to earn a top spot in the competition.However, there were accusations that some schools may not have conducted themselves in an ethical manner.Winners were selected by how many votes each school received. A person can only vote once a day, which is regulated by requiring an e-mail address to vote. Greenfield Hebrew Academy (GHA) was accused of cheating, and Bing representatives assured concerned individuals that these claims were being investigated.Screen shots from Facebook show that a GHA parent was asking for e-mail addresses so he could use them to vote for the school. He asked that his friends leave their e-mail on his page and he would “take care of the rest.” There was also concern that this specific parent was creating multiple e-mail accounts which he used to vote. Complaints include the GHA’s unlikely and rapid ascent from the bottom of the list to first place, as well as the timing of when the votes would come in. The votes would come in bulk, but stop at night suggesting some kind of mass voting system. A Microsoft spokesperson could only be reached after the winners were announced. She said the contest received some complaints of voting abuse. The claims were taken “very seriously,” but Microsoft did not find that any school violated contest rules, the spokesperson said. As a finalist, Bear River Charter School received $5,000. More information about the contest’s winners, rules and participants can be found at

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