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Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 4:47am

Atlanta District Helps Students

Atlanta Public Schools officials say they plan to offer extra help to struggling students in the wake of a cheating scandal that has rocked the district.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that current intervention programs designed to help students during the school day will be increased from 12 weeks to 25 weeks and expanded from 58 to all 100 schools.

Superintendent Erroll Davis said the plan was to address students harmed by the scandal, but identifying specific students who might have been hurt by it has proven to be a more difficult challenge than anticipated.

State investigators released a report in July implicating 178 educators of cheating. The investigators said they found widespread cheating in nearly half of the district's schools.

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