APS Hopes for Fresh Start

August 8, 2011  |  

(AJC) — Atlanta parent Shawnna Hayes-Tavare wondered why her bright daughter struggled academically when she entered sixth grade, and why her son, who is deaf, dropped about 50 points on state exams when transferred to a new school. This summer, she got a possible answer.  Hayes-Tavare’s children attended two of the schools named in a state investigation into test cheating in Atlanta Public Schools. Now, with the school year beginning for most on Monday, she must again turn her children over to the district that violated her trust.  “If I wasn’t the parent from hell before, I will be the parent from hell,” she said. “I was already questioning things, but I wasn’t questioning hard enough. I wasn’t following my gut because I trusted. Now I am going to follow my intuition and question everything.”

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