Friday, March 29, 2013
Beverly Hall, the former Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, is the top ranking official facing racketeering charges.
More than a dozen East Atlanta area educators were among 35 former school system employees indicted Friday for taking part in a systematic effort to rig the results of the state's Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). The charges include racketeering and making false statements. [The full text of the indictment is in the PDF to the right of this article.] The East Atlanta Patch educators indicted include: State officials have argued that one of the worst effects of the inflated test scores was that many children who needed extra tutoring were denied services because their parents were told they were performing well in school. "The whole purpose behind this is to vindicate the little children who got gypped out of an education," …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Atlanta Public Schools high schools get full accreditation this week in this quick peek at Midtown school news you can use
Earlier this week, the high schools within the Atlanta Public Schools system, including Grady High, were restored to full accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The schools were placed on probation in early 2010 in the wake of the 2009 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests cheating scandal involving APS educators. Infighting amongst the school board and issues with the “governance” within the district resulted in SACS placing the APS high schools on probation. In 2011, the district was moved to “accreditation with advisement” status. See here for more about what the full accreditation status means for the district. _______ Make plans to join the Grady community for a dine-out at Cameli's Pizza on Tuesday…
Friday, July 6, 2012
A letter from APS Superintendent Erroll B. Davis, Jr. updating where the district stands one year after 178 employees were accused of participating in various testing improprieties.
Friday, July 6, 2012
The following letter was sent on July 5, 2012, to city of Atlanta residents by Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll B. Davis, Jr. Dear APS students, parents, employees, and supporters, Much progress has been made in addressing district educators accused of wrongdoing by state investigators in the spring 2009 Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) case. A year ago, state investigators released their report that named 178 APS employees for participating in various testing improprieties associated with the conduct of the 2009 CRCT. After taking a few days to read the 400-page report, I either removed or placed every employee named in the document on administrative leave. I also replaced 43 principals and the four regional …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
"People want to know the Atlanta school system is doing the right and responsible thing, and that’s holding people accountable.” - Bo Spalding, expert in crisis management
Friday, March 9, 2012
Atlanta Public Schools continues process in attempt to fire educators accused of cheating.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis has sent certified letters to educators "suspected of some of the most egregious of the school system's widespread test-cheating."
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Some 180 APS teachers and administrators were accused of cheating, but roughly 120 remain on district payroll, costing taxpayers $600,000.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Sixty APS educators, who have been accused of cheating on a 2009 standardized test, have until today to chose between resigning or starting the firing process.
Within the Atlanta Public Schools, it’s a deadline kind of day Friday. For Midtown residents and others throughout the city, today is the last day to complete the survey on APS redistricting. Here is a link to the comments form. The responses on Option A and Option B will be used by demographers to complete a final proposal for Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr. Davis will then make his final report to be submitted to the Atlanta School Board. He is expected to give his plan in early March. For complete information, see the APS' Pinterest Page. The APS Web site has updated option maps and other information, including documents in Spanish. Meanwhile, sixty APS educators, who have been accused of cheating on a standardized test, have until …
Monday, February 20, 2012
District Superintendent Erroll B. Davis, Jr., and Atlanta Public Schools featured in the New York Times.
From a district-wide cheating scandal uncovered in 2011 to the current effort to redraw school attendance zones, Atlanta Public Schools is no stranger to news coverage. On Sunday, district superintendent Erroll B. Davis, Jr., was featured in a New York Times article that focuses on the new administration and the climate of change in the district. The New York Times painted Davis as hero who saved the district during the darkest times: On July 1, the day he was supposed to retire, Mr. Davis was sitting at Dr. Hall’s old desk, reading the 800-page investigative report and trying to figure out which, if any, of the people in the offices surrounding him could be trusted. Since then, he has been unbending about rooting out corruption, to the …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The day's top headlines for Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Atlanta Public Schools Come Off Probation. Occupy Atlanta: 'We Are The New World' Occupy Atlanta Plans To Re-Occupy Woodruff Park. Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn Movie Films In Brookhaven. Coyotes Spotted In Briarcliff Area. Trunk Or Treat In Stone Mountain. Halloween Night In Avondale Estates. Trick Or Treaters In Dunwoody's Briers North.