When former Atlanta administrators and teachers were convicted in a districtwide cheating conspiracy, prosecutors promised to help their students by offering tutoring, GED classes or job training. But, six months later, the promised Atlanta Redemption Academy is “on hold,” report Molly Bloom and Rhonda Cook in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Atlanta Public Schools plans a separate program to help children affected by cheating, but it won’t start till January at the earliest.
Parents charge “Atlanta is cheating its children,” writes Bloom and Cook.
“When are they going to come back to help the children?” asked Vanessa Haynes, whose daughter testified her fourth grade teacher told students to erase and correct answers on the tests.
Her daughter needs help in reading and math, said Haynes. “Go back and teach these children what you failed to teach them in the first place. Make it right.”