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Public input sought in search for next Atlanta school superintendent

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School board members in Atlanta are asking for the public's input as they search for the next superintendent of the embattled Atlanta Public Schools.

Monday is the last day that parents, teachers and members of the community can fill out an online survey listing the characteristics that are most important in choosing the new superintendent.

Members of the community can also attend two meetings Monday afternoon.  At 5 p.m., the search committee will give a status update. At 6 p.m., the public is invited to speak at a community meeting regarding the next superintendent. Both meetings are in room one at the APS Center for Learning and Leadership, 130 Trinity Avenue, S.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30303.

Current superintendent Erroll Davis is about to begin an 18-month contract extension. Davis was never meant to be a permanent superintendent. He had retired as chancellor of the University System of Georgia and was pulled out of retirement to help straighten out Atlanta Public Schools after the massive cheating scandal that resulted in former Superintendent Beverly Hall being charged with racketeering.

Prosecutors allege that Hall created a culture in which teachers and administrators were encouraged to cheat, making it appear that students were excelling on standardized tests, when in fact, most were not.

Dozens of teachers and administrators were fired over the scandal. Several face criminal charges.

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