Atlanta Public Schools plans to shed 350 positions next year and order two employee furlough days as it attempts to cut about $47 million from its budget. The school district Monday announced its plans for a $565.8 million budget for the 2012-2013 school year.
The Atlanta school board has approved the closing of seven schools as part of a massive redistricting plan. Boundaries at dozens of other schools will change under the contentious plan approved late Tuesday night.
Atlanta Public Schools intends to close 10 schools as part of a massive plan to redraw boundaries for students. The plan to close 10 schools is the system's final redistricting proposal. The proposal now goes to the school board for an April 10 vote.
A panel of educators has voted to fire the first teacher in connection to a massive cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools. Former Parks Middle School teacher Damany Lewis confessed Wednesday to cheating four straight years.
State investigators have uncovered widespread cheating in a second public school district –- this time in Dougherty County in South Georgia. The report follows revelations earlier this year that nearly 200 educators cheated on state tests in Atlanta.
Atlanta Public Schools board chairwoman Brenda Muhammad said Tuesday that the 50,000-student district has been taken off probation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The district will be on "accreditation with advisement," which is one step below full accreditation, for the next year.
Two principals of Atlanta schools say cheating couldn't have occurred there because state test monitors were present. The monitors were stationed at the schools, West Manor and White elementary schools, because they had been flagged in a state analysis of erasures on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests in 2010. The two principals, Cheryl Twyman and Tamarah Larkin-Currie, were among 178 Atlanta Public Schools employees named in a state report into cheating on the 2009 CRCT.
The state board of education voted to let two struggling school boards retain control of their school systems. Atlanta and Coffee County schools are in danger of losing their accreditation due to their ineffective school boards.
The Georgia Board of Education has delayed its vote on whether to remove members of the troubled Atlanta school board, while recommending to keep the Coffee County school board in place. The state board voted Tuesday on a consent order agreed to by the state Department of Education and Atlanta's school board. The state board will hold a new hearing for Atlanta before Nov. 4.