ATLANTA – Wednesday night, the Atlanta Public Schools will vote on a budget to fund the district’s controversial turnaround schools plan.
The plan is aimed at strengthening failing schools to avoid a state take-over.
Many of those schools are the legacy of the cheating scandal and the district estimates 3,000 students are still suffering academically because the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal.
The school district has admitted those students – now in middle and high school -- suffered for years until the cheating scandal began unraveling.
Last year, during the trial of a dozen educators, teachers and administrators took the stand and admitted to changing wrong answers-to-right on the CRCT in 2008 and 2009 for children in elementary schools.
In 2015, the district began putting a total of $9 million into helping those students.
Officials began by conducting individual assessments on the children to determine where they stood academically.
“We’re mapping it against where they are, so some students need far more interventions than others. Others will just benefit from a lot more enrichment but we're doing it from an individualized case, for some, it think it will be a struggle because they are so far behind,” said Carstarphan.
In Wednesday night's meeting, the APS school board is voting on a $743 million budget that will include nearly $24 million to help the 26 schools on the state’s list of those failing.