ATLANTA -- All the attention on the courtroom should not distract from what's happening in the classroom.
We dug into the question: what is being done for the students affected by the Atlanta Public Schools CRCT cheating scandal, specifically those students who moved onto the next grade because their tests were changed?
Immediately after the scandal became a national story, outgoing APS school board chairperson Khaatim Sherrer El said the following: "I have failed to protect thousands of children ... children who come from homes like mine."
He was in tears as he said it.
The APS board and its new superintendent, Erroll Davis, vowed then to provide aid to the students who had wrongly advanced to the next grade. In the months that followed, they earmarked roughly 5500 children, but they struggled to pinpoint all of them.
"Therefore," said Davis several months later, "we have decided to cast a much wider net."