Dozens of Atlanta Schools Face Federal Penalties for Cheating on Test Scores

November 2, 2011 - 9:35 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has revoked the federal standing for more than 40 Atlanta elementary and middle schools named in a massive cheating scandal.

The Georgia Department of Education released data Wednesday morning showing that a handful of the schools have lost their status under the federal No Child Left Behind Act dating back to 2001. The majority of the schools had their standing yanked for only 2009.

That means the schools can face sanctions under federal law and may have to return thousands of dollars in federal money for each year they reported inflated test scores.

It's the first time the state has released the federal standing for Atlanta schools since July, when state investigators revealed widespread cheating in nearly half of the district's 100 schools.