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Announced: I AM APS! City Wide Call To Action Meeting July 14th Students of Atlanta Public School

Atlanta -- In response to the CRCT cheating report released by the state of Georgia involving Atlanta Public School system teachers, Derrick Boazman, host of afternoon talk with CSB Atlanta’s WAOK, will hold an I AM APS! City Wide Call To Action Meeting.  While the story remains in headlines from Georgia to Texas and beyond, little has been said about the students and what should be done for them. 

Boazman took to the air waves and his Facebook page to announce a rally scheduled for Thursday, 7 PM July 14, 2011 at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church 1025 McDonough Blvd Atlanta GA 30315.

MARIETTA: New Cobb superintendent weighs in on APS

MARIETTA: New Cobb superintendent weighs in on APS

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Dr. Michael Hinojosa, the new superintendent of the Cobb County School District, said other systems can learn from the Atlanta CRCT cheating scandal.


"Sometimes testing is overblown," Dr. Hinojosa said following his swearing-in ceremony Monday morning. "You need to make sure people are focused on the right thing. That's student learning, not some number."

Dr. Hinojosa did not address the scandal during his first official speech to school leaders and employees.

But he did tell school board members, "I promise you I will not let you down."

He took the job after serving as head of the Dallas Independent School District in Texas for six years.

11Alive's Jennifer Leslie asked Dr. Hinojosa about the APS cheating investigation right after his swearing-in ceremony.

Ga. Tech presents Diversity Roundtable on 50th anniversary of first black students' entrance

Ga. Tech presents Diversity Roundtable on 50th anniversary of first black students' entrance

ATLANTA -- In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the entrance of the first black students at Georgia Tech, the university is holding its 2011 Diversity Roundtable.

The Roundtable is designed to recognize the achievements, contributions and significant impacts of African American staff trailblazers, and create discussions and dialogues which will provide participants an opportunity to contribute to Tech's direction and vision for the next 50 years.

Did No Child Left Behind lead to the CRCT cheating scandal?

Did No Child Left Behind lead to the CRCT cheating scandal?

ATLANTA -- Many blame programs like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top for the Atlanta Public Schools CRCT Scandal, but is that the only problem?

State Senator Vincent Fort (D-39), Principal Shannon Flounnory of Stonewall Tell Elementary School in Fulton County, and Title 1 Data Specialist Heavenly Montgomery discussed the issues with 11Alive's Brenda Wood.

CRCT Investigation: Cheating found in 44 Atlanta schools

ATLANTA -- A state investigation into allegations of cheating by Atlanta Public Schools officials on standardized tests finds nearly 80 percent of schools examined cheated on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT).

COMPLETE COVERAGE: Atlanta Public Schools CRCT Cheating Investigation

"We found cheating in 44 of the 56 schools," Gov. Nathan Deal said as he read from the CRCT report summary during a news conference at the State Capitol Tuesday.

The report, obtained by The Associated Press and delivered to 11Alive News, details the findings of the state's investigation.

Have you seen Dr. Hall?

Have you seen Dr. Hall?

ATLANTA - As parents of students in Atlanta's public schools learn more about widespread allegations of cheating on the Criterion Reference Competency Tests, the woman in charge of the school system at the time, Dr. Beverly Hall, has become difficult to track down.

Gov. Nathan Deal released a report Tuesday evening to the Associated Press containing evidence and confessions of cheating in Atlanta's schools. The report names former Superintendent Hall, who retired last month.

"The APS General Counsel told us that one of her main duties was to provide Superintendent Hall with 'deniability.' Her aim was to insulate Dr. Hall from the burden of the responsibility for making difficult decisions," the report said.

CRCT Investigation Report: Boyd Elementary School

CRCT Investigation Report: Boyd Elementary School

Boyd Elementary School
1891 Johnson Road NW
Principal: Emalyn Foreman
Testing Coordinator: Lovie Alridge
SRT-4 Executive Director: Tamara Cotman

ATLANTA -- The investigation into Atlanta Public Schools concluded that CRCT cheating occurred at Boyd Elementary School in 2009.

That year, more than 56 percent of classrooms were flagged for cheating; when state monitors were present in 2010, that number dropped to 15.7 percent, according to the investigation.

"Boyd Elementary has an open concept design in which classrooms have no doors," so the CRCT booklets and answer sheets were locked in a cabinet in the media center. Nobody witnessed any teachers or principal Emalyn Foreman changing answers, but evidence led investigators to conclude that cheating occurred.