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(AJC) — Subpoenas issued by a federal grand jury suggest a sweeping criminal investigation into a cheating scandal in the Atlanta Public Schools.  The grand jury appears to be looking not only at cheating on federally mandated tests, but also at how the school district handled allegations of widespread irregularities, court records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution indicate. Early this month, the records show, two top school district officials gave the grand jury documents concerning two studies of statistically improbable gains in Atlanta students’ scores on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test in 2009. The officials also turned over requests filed by news organizations under the Georgia Open Records Act, seeking release of those and other documents.

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