Report: Parents, Students Cheat To Attend Atlanta School

Source: Larry Copeland / USA Today

ATLANTA — The city’s public school system, already reeling from a far-reaching teacher cheating scandal that is still unfolding, was rocked again Wednesday by new cheating allegations — this time against parents who allegedly falsified documents so their children could attend one of the city’s football powerhouses and play on the team.

Superintendent Erroll Davis said Wednesday that 14 of the 58 players on the Grady High School football team used faked addresses to enroll at the school. He said a three-month investigation found that players and their parents used fraudulent addresses so they could play on the team.

“Once again, adults have, in fact, failed children, and it is children who get to pay the price,” Davis said at a Wednesday evening news conference during which he released a 23-page report on the investigation.

At least one player on the football team had never set foot in a classroom at the Midtown school, Davis said. In another instance, two siblings were registered at different addresses.

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