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Atlanta Public Schools is in the process of adopting more functional administrative policies in response to the system-wide cheating scandal that caused national attention last year. This research is offered to help the new APS administration fill a potential gap in input from key stakeholders. It argues that policy solutions must be grounded in Atlanta-specific contexts so that they are sustainable even after administrative leadership changes. By applying the critical incidents technique to field interviews within a larger reflective practice framework, three key insights emerge about the scandal and potential solutions are proffered to the district.
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