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Old 07-29-2011, 10:26 AM
 
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Another APS school cleared of any implications of cheating.

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Garden Hills Elementary, the only Buckhead APS school not in the "clear" category in the state's CRCT answer erasure findings, received a clean report from the GBI, the school's principal said.

The school had 9.7 percent of its classrooms flagged for erasures above the Georgia average on the 2009 Criterion Referenced Competency Test, placing it in the "of minimal concern" category, according to the state's APS cheating report released July 5.

Principal Amy Wilson Alderman in a phone interview said that the GBI in a related investigation "didn't find anything of concern" at the school.

The GBI in interviews with Garden Hills teachers and administrators found the school to have "airtight" test procedures, Alderman said, and that the school was not named in the state report.

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The state report showed the percentage of classrooms at each school with the number of changes from wrong to right answers as compared with the state average. Those with 0 to 5.4 percent were in the "clear" category; 5.5 to 10.4 percent of "minimal concern"; 10.5 to 24.4 percent "moderate concern," and 24.5 percent or more "severe concern."

Other Buckhead schools' results were Warren T. Jackson, 3.7 percent; Morris Brandon, 1 percent; E. Rivers, 0 percent; Sara Smith, 1 percent; and Sutton Middle School, 0.9 percent.

Garden Hills cleared in CRCT investigation - Buckhead, GA Patch
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Old 07-29-2011, 10:36 AM
 
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Another APS school cleared of any implications of cheating.

Awesome.
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Old 07-29-2011, 03:58 PM
 
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Another APS school cleared of any implications of cheating.


That is good news. And I hope more good news is on the horizon.

Just having a student bring an apple to an APS teacher would be good news. As long as it's not a rotten apple.
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:46 PM
 
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Please...why sugarcoat this?

APS faces $10 million in cuts *| ajc.com

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Davis said Friday that Atlanta Public Schools will start the school year with $10 million in cuts. The district won’t take in enough money this year to cover what it’s been spending, Davis told school board members. And it will be felt all the way from classrooms to the district’s downtown headquarters.

To bridge the gap, which Davis uncovered this week in meetings with the district’s financial team, the district will turn to a combination that likely will include increased class sizes, additional employee furlough days and possibly even layoffs -- though it is too early to know what or whom could be cut.
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The cuts come as the district also faces increased costs from an ongoing cheating scandal. Davis said Friday that it will cost APS almost $1 million a month to keep nearly 130 implicated employees home on paid leave while also hiring their replacements. The figure does not include legal expenses for the district, which will soon begin efforts to fire them.
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:31 PM
 
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Please...why sugarcoat this?

APS faces $10 million in cuts *| ajc.com
$10 million is peanuts at APS. That would be like Beverly Hall trimming her staff by 10%.
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Old 09-11-2011, 12:17 PM
 
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Default More good news from APS.

More good news from APS.
Less than a decade ago, Atlanta parents used their school system’s open enrollment policy to send their kids anywhere but Carver High School.

Officials nearly closed the school. Instead, after the nearby Carver Homes project was bulldozed, they split the campus into four smaller schools that focused on art, technology, science and college prep.

One of those schools, the Early College Academy, posted sharp gains.

“That is the highest performing school we have right now,” Superintendent Erroll Davis said of Early College at a recent public forum. “I don’t know that everybody knows that. We haven’t publicized it.”

High school in south Atlanta sends all its grads to college *| ajc.com
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:53 AM
 
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BuckheadView: Leading educators offer components of a turnaround plan for Atlanta schools at public forum
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Old 09-22-2011, 02:35 PM
 
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Oh, brother, I'm afraid this is another black eye. This sort of got pushed out of the headlines during the cheating scandal.

An APS teacher was caught on tape abusing an 11 year old autistic child. When the story broke APS Deputy Superintendent Augustine went on the news, expressing outrage and and promising immediate action.

In reality APS did exactly the opposite. They spent 2 years and $700,000 in taxpayer dollars on legal fees defending themselves, and finally settled for an undisclosed amount this summer.

I guess the attitude at APS was why not spend a fortune defending conduct that you have publicly admitted was outrageous, since it's only taxpayer's money? If the family doesn't cave in after a couple of years of legal pounding, you can just spend more taxpayer's money and settle with them.

While the Atlanta Public School system was fighting accusations of widespread cheating, attorneys for the district were spending a tremendous amount of time and taxpayer money on another front, fighting an Atlanta family whose autistic son a judge had ruled, was abused at school.

It was more than two years ago when 11Alive first told you about 11-year-old Stefan Ferrari. His mother became a hero to special needs families because of what she did.

She sewed a microphone into her son's shirt and sent him to school, and it recorded how her son received unexplained injuries, bruises the ran the length of his thighs, and scratch marks.

On the audio, adult voices ridiculing the boy, talking about the size of a man's genitals, and telling the boy he was going to get a "quiet hit."

Warning: the video contains portions of the abuse.

DOWNTOWN: APS spends nearly $700K fighting abuse claim | News | Downtown News
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:41 PM
 
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^Thanks so much, Rainy & aries. I really appreciate the kind words.
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:45 PM
 
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I hate to admit it, but you are right on this one. If a white APS teacher had been abusing a black autistic child you would have people marching in the streets protesting. Instead we get cover-ups and endless appeals. Sad but true.

Last edited by atlantagreg30127; 09-23-2011 at 09:58 PM..
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