APS May Forfeit $1M
(AJC) — Atlanta Public Schools could be forced to pay back more than in $950,000 in federal money earned with falsified test scores, a state official said Wednesday. All 44 schools where state investigators suspect cheating occurred on the 2009 CRCT were recognized as Title I Distinguished Schools, meaning they made adequate yearly progress three years in a row, said Matt Cardoza, spokesman for the Georgia Department of Education. Most of the schools received awards ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, state data shows. Two schools — D.H. Stanton and Fain elementary schools — each were awarded $99,628 from 2005 to 2009, state records show. If the schools are found to have made AYP due to CRCTcheating, refunds probably will be sought, Cardoza said.