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APS prepares to minimize classroom disruptions during cheating scandal trial

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The trial for 12 former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of cheating on the 2009 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests could cause some disruption in the classroom for APS students and teachers.

Spokesman Billy Linville said the district is prepared.

"There are over 100 employees and around 72 students who are on the witness list, not all will be called to testify, but we assume some will," said Linville.

Protocols are in place to minimize the disruptions.

"We are insuring the process for those who are called to testify will be smooth. There will be excused absences in those cases. Students will work closely with the teacher to make sure all work is made up," Linville said.

After the cheating scandal surfaced, several APS employees were fired.

"All those positions have been filled and there are 22 principals that have been hired this year," said Linville.

Many employees who were around when the alleged cheating happened are still employed with the district.

"As information unfolds during the course of the trial, if there is any wrongdoing that is brought forth against a current employee or teacher, they will certainly have due process and action will be taken," said Linville.

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