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Atlanta Public Schools grapple with address fraud

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Atlanta Public Schools continues to make the front AJC news pages for all the wrong reasons. The district continues to weather the storm of the test cheating scandal and now this. Many exciting programs and activities are taking place in APS. Superintendent Erroll Davis and his staff are working unyielding to move the district forward. The focus of the district and schools is on student achievement and success of the district. The unscrupulous behavior over shadows the excellence and progress. The address fraud and recruitment of students to play football at Grady High School, continues to plague the integrity of APS.

On February 25, 2014 a letter was sent to the Grady Community, from the office of the Superintendent.

February 25, 2014 Dear Grady Community:

On December 9, 2013, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) launched an investigation into a complaint alleging address fraud and recruitment of football players at Grady High School. APS started a preliminary investigation into the allegations immediately, and since then, we have taken swift and appropriate action to protect the integrity of the academic and athletic program.

The full investigation is expected to be completed by the first week of March, and the findings will be released to the Grady community during a series of meetings on the campus of Grady High School on March 5. As the district makes a final determination, we will also continue to work collaboratively with the Georgia High School Association (GHSA).

Our mission to foster a culture of ethics continues to be higher than any individual athletic program. APS relies on the integrity of parents, who have an ethical obligation to the district to provide accurate addresses when enrolling students. Providing false information during the registration process is not only a criminal act, but strains the district’s resources, jeopardizes student safety and impedes our communications efforts and transfer process. Reporting behavior that is harmful to Grady students, its credentials, and its stellar reputation is the responsibility of everyone.

Following the investigation, the district will continue to inform all of our employees, students and parents on the district’s policies and regulations related to enrollment and student transfers. Overall, we want to ensure that our students can participate in strong academic and athletic programs, while advocating for ethics and accountability.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work through this process.

Sincerely,

Erroll B. Davis Jr.
Superintendent

The internal investigation may extend beyond the athletic fields and athletes of Grady High School. The district may want to have an external investigation of all schools to address fraud. Atlanta Public Schools have policies and procedures on school attendance and student transfers. Children first.

Grady High School is located at
929 Charles Allen Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30309

Source:
www.atlanta.k12.ga..us
www.atlanta.k12.ga..us/grady
www.myfoxatlanta.com/
www.ajc.com

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