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Concerned APS parents: 'Somebody needs to pay'

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Some parents of Atlanta Public Schools students say they're glad that educators are being held responsible in the cheating scandal that garnered national attention.

On Friday, 35 APS educators were indicted on charges ranging from racketeering to making false statements.

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A group of concerned parents held a rally outside of APS headquarters on Monday.

Nathaniel Dyer said that he volunteered for two years at his local middle school and says it didn't take long for him to realize something was terribly wrong.

"What I've seen is disheartening…substitute teachers in math and science an entire year, and then when you bring it to their administrators and try to work with them, they railed against me -- a volunteer in the community. " Dyer said.

Shawnna Hayes Tavares, a mother of four, says she has seen firsthand how the alleged actions of the administrators have affected the students.

"All of my children attended the schools that were in the highest level of the cheating scandal," she said.

She said that when her son transferred from an APS school to another system, his CRCT scores dropped by a dramatic 50 points.

"The state told me that was no way possible, he would regress 50 points in that short period of time," Tavares said.
 
The group of parents said that they are thrilled to see those at the top indicted, but now they say it is time to make it for the children who were caught up in the cheating scandal.

"Children have been suffering. We can never get that back to them. If they're graduating and reading on a fifth-grade level, we owe them something. And somebody needs to pay -- it's that simple," said Patricia Crayton.

The 35 facing charges have been ordered to surrender to authorities by Tuesday afternoon.

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