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Atlanta School System must repay federal dollars won by cheating

— Officials say the school district in Atlanta has agreed to repay more than $363,000 in federal money the district won by teachers and administrators cheating.

State schools Superintendent John Barge told The Associated Press on Friday that the district has 90 days to return the money.

A state investigation in July revealed widespread cheating by educators in nearly half of the Atlanta's 100 schools dating back to 2001. In all, nearly 180 teachers and principals were accused of giving answers to students or changing answers once the tests had been completed.

Schools serving low-income students that consistently get good test scores receive extra money from the U.S. Department of Education each year. That money can be spent wherever the schools need it most.

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waltspecht 2 years, 3 months ago

Let us see now. DCSS is already nine Million short, wonder how much their settlement will increase the short fall? Didn't both systems say it wasn't about the money?

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 3 months ago

Well, ATL gotta pay 363K for cheating since 2001. DCSS cheated that one time in 2009, so their monies to repay should be pretty small, dontchathink?

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whattheheck 2 years, 3 months ago

I would think you are quite right. Likely, the cheating has gone on for years in DCSS too but 2009 was the target. There are so many different pots of federal money schools get for every reason you can think of that it is hard to say what is involved in this one.

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Cartman 2 years, 3 months ago

I'm glad this news hit before decisions were made regarding what action to take against the cheating public employees.

If DCSS has to reimburse federal funds (and I think they should), they should file civil suits against the responsible teachers, principals, and administrators to recover the money. That ought to put a few BMWs and Jags on the used car market.

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 3 months ago

Cartman, did you get this from my squawk that was printed in the paper yesterday... (That ought to put a few BMWs and Jags on the used car market.) with the exception I called them Beemers?

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TheBoss 2 years, 3 months ago

Take away "Teacher of the Year" award that was given to one of the cheaters.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 3 months ago

. If they do not pay the federal government will file liens on each of the board members like they did in Randolph County. Can't wait. Board member get ready.

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whattheheck 2 years, 3 months ago

I think the liens in Randolph you are thinking about were recorded against the county itself for non-payment of payroll tax items. There are no liens against any officials as individuals. While the federal payroll liens are still outstanding, the state liens have been satisfied.

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