How some children in Atlanta cheating scandal (finally) got help

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How some children in Atlanta cheating scandal (finally) got help

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Some Atlanta students who were were likely victims of the teacher cheating scandal are receiving tutoring and other help. TAMMY JOYNER/AJC

By the time Atlanta Public Schools got serious about fixing the legacy of a districtwide cheating conspiracy, half of the victims were already gone — dropped out, moved away, graduated.

The other half, about 3,000 kids, are now the target of a 6-year, $18 million program to make up for educators “helping” students bubble in the right answers on state tests. The help includes tutoring, counseling and social services.

“We’re trying to make up for all the things that we didn’t do for years and years and years,” said Shawnna Hayes-Taveres, an Atlanta parent who has spoken out about the cheating for years and is a member of the advisory board for the program.

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