Parents of 14 students lied so their kids could attend Grady high school in Atlanta. That’s according to an Atlanta public school report released Wednesday. The report highlights a bigger problem for school systems.
With the snow and ice storm behind the state, how will school systems make up for more than a week’s worth of snow days?
The Georgia Board of Education Thursday gave school systems some flexibility in addressing that issue by unanimously approving a resolution to increase the number of emergency days a district can take without special board approval.
Districts now have the option to not make up as many as nine school days that may have been canceled due to the recent ice and snow storms that effectively shuttered the state.
On Monday, Millicent Few, the former human resources director of the Atlanta Public Schools, agreed to a plea deal with the Fulton County District attorney’s office.
"I just want to sincerely apologize to the citizens of Atlanta and specifically the students and their parents for my role in this matter. It’s taken a toll on my family, my support network and myself. I just want to apologize to them and I look forward to hopefully moving on with my life.”
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Edmond Adams-seated-looks on as the nine member APS board is sworn in by Fulton County Senior Judge Melvin K. Westmoreland.
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New APS board member and district 3 representative Matt Westmoreland poses with family Betty Westmoreland.
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Atlanta Board of Education Members back l-r Steven Lee, District 5; Jason Esteves, At-Large Seat 9; Byron D. Amos, District 2; Leslie Grant, District 1; (Front row from l-r): Matt Westmoreland, District 3; Nancy M. Meister, vice chair, District 4; Cour
The chair of the Atlanta Public School Board is weighing in on new developments in the Grady High School Football investigation. The investigation was prompted by an anonymous complaint alleging address fraud and recruitment of football players at Grady High School.
In a statement Friday, Atlanta Public School Superintendent Erroll Davis announced some parents lied on enrollment affidavits. Davis said on those affidavits, parents claimed to live in Grady’s attendance zone when they actually lived elsewhere in the city or in another school district.
The Atlanta Public School Sytem is continuing to investigate whether some Grady High School football players have been using false addresses and were recruited to play on the team. Meanwhile, a former Grady athlete tells WABE’s Michelle Wirth he believes there are a number of students using inaccurate addresses.
Diedrick Hines played on Grady’s basketball team between 2005 and 2009. Hines says all four years, he never lived at an address zoned for the school.
The Atlanta Public Schools is investigating a complaint that alleges address fraud and recruitment of football players at Grady High School. During a Monday press conference, APS superintendent Erroll Davis said, "We take all such complaints seriously. We are taking swift and appropriate action to protect the integrity of our athletic and academic programs."
At least 1/3 of the team's approximately 60 players are under investigation. Davis said, "certainly not all of the students use the exact same address, but enough of them did to raise a significant red flag for us."
The Georgia Charter Schools Association recently held a bus tour to visit several charter schools they say are excelling. The tour comes in a year where state officials report that charter schools overall are doing slightly better than traditional ones on most standardized testing.
Start-up charter schools in the Atlanta Public School district won’t be required to help the school system pay off more than $500 million dollars in pension debt. That’s after Monday’s unanimous ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court.
Jury foreman Greg Pollock (right) and fellow juror Ben Emerson speak to reporters outside the Fulton County Courthouse following the acquittal of former Atlanta Public Schools executive director Tamara Cotman on charges of influencing a witness.
On Friday, September 6, 2013, after nearly 3 weeks of testimony, a Fulton County jury found former Atlanta Public Schools executive director Tamara Cotman not guilty on charges of influencing a witness.
Cotman was accused of pressuring school administrators not to cooperate with the GBI investigation into cheating at APS. WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with jury foreman Greg Pollock.
The first defendant connected to Atlanta's school cheating scandal has been found not guilty on a single count of influencing a witness. The verdict from the Fulton County Superior Court jury came late Friday morning.
Tamara Cotman was a school administrator who oversaw 21 schools in Atlanta. She and 33 others still face charges of racketeering.
The acquittal comes after a three-week trial as prosecutors are still preparing for the racketeering cases.
Former Atlanta School Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall is at the center of the upcoming racketeering trial of 35 former Atlanta Public Schools educators. But now her attorneys confirm that Dr. Hall suffers from breast cancer. That raises the question of whether she will ever go to trial. WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with WABE legal analyst Page Pate, an Atlanta criminal defense attorney, about how the cases of her co-defendants might be affected if Dr. Hall does not go to trial.
Georgia teachers now have access to an electronic records system that tracks students from pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade. State education officials say it saves teachers time by putting critical data at their fingertips.
Pam Williams has been teaching in the Appling County schools in South Georgia for 23 years. For many of those years, it took her weeks to dig through paper files to find student information. Now, she says, it takes her minutes.
The prosecution continued to lay out the details as to why the state had to conduct an investigation in the first place.
The first person on the stand was former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue.
Becoming emotional, Purdue testified as to why he signed an executive order to pursue the cheating. Perdue was asked if there was a political agenda involved as to why he kept pushing for an investigation.
The former Republican governor said no and even lost friendships over it.
Former executive director of the Governors Office of Student Achievement, Kathleen Mathers points out the schools in Tamara Cotman's region that had a high wrong to right erasure percentage on the 2009 CRCT.
Those are the four e’s Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis says are important for the district to improve and continue its quest to transform children into college and career ready citizens.
WABE’s Rose Scott reports that was the tone of the annual APS state of the schools address.
Davis told the audience of educators, business leaders and political figures that APS recognizes what it needs to do to improve.
But, he also took the time to point out the successes.