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Students' information subpoenaed for APS cheating trial

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Thousands of students' information is being subpoenaed for the trial against 35 educators accused of cheating.

District Attorney Paul Howard wants Atlanta Public Schools to release information from nearly 30,000 students who have taken the tests.

The center of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test cheating scandal is the tests themselves and the students who were taking them.

In 2009 there was such a large number of corrected answers on the tests that about 180 Atlanta Public Schools teachers were accused of cheating.

Parents don't want that information to be public, but on Wednesday a judge decided it can be released.

Those parents want to remain anonymous, but CBS Atlanta News spoke to the attorney who filed the motion to stop that information from getting out.

Dan Dewoskin represents about a dozen families who are disturbed at the kind of information that can be released, and there could be tens of thousands of students who may be affected.

The information includes their names, addresses, dates of birth, test scores and student ID numbers.

Howard believes that information is crucial to fully prosecute the 35 educators who were slapped with criminal charges, including former superintendent Beverly Hall.

"My clients are not concerned with stymieing prosecution. Their only concern was making sure that their children's information wasn't being thrown around willy-nilly," said Dewoskin.

Dewoskin said the hearing revealed much of the information was already released to the DA's office without permission about a year ago.

The judge presiding over the hearing, Judge Jerry Baxter, didn't believe this subpoena was violating the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.

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