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Atlanta schools superintendent releases YouTube statement

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Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis has released a statement on YouTube regarding the recent indictments against 35 former educators.

The statement also outlined how the district plans to restore public trust following the cheating scandal.

"We've made some progress, but healing is difficult when one considers the recent indictments," said Davis in the video. "Our focus in the Atlanta Public School System has to be on providing quality education for our children."

In March, a Fulton County grand jury handed down a 65-count indictment against 35 educators, including former superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall. The indictment said that Hall, administrators, principals and teachers conspired to help students on standardized tests for their own financial gain.

Davis pointed out the district has already taken stronger measures to ensure educators behave ethically. Those measures include:

  • Establishing an anonymous hotline for individuals to report unethical behavior.
  • Requiring all employees to successfully complete an ethics training course as a condition of employment.
  • Improving safeguards related to test materials.

Parents enjoying their first day of spring break with their students at an Atlanta park Monday said they hope Davis can win back parents' trust.

"I haven't had an opportunity to see the video but I would definitely say that there's definitely going to have to be a lot of visible change for parents to give their trust back to the school system," said Kimberly Jones, a mother of a first-grader.

Davis said in the video he promised to continue to make progress.

"We do have a strategical educational plan," said Davis. "We are moving forward with executing it for the good of our students."

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