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APS cheating scandal: free tutoring helps students

ATLANTA -- Alva Hill had no idea her 11-year-old grandson needed remedial help until the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal forced the system to tighten the rules.

"They had been passing him on," Hill said. "But when the scandal came, he was kept back. I wanted to know what was going on."

Hill enrolled two of her grandchildren in free tutoring sessions at New Horizon Baptist Church on Westland Boulevard in Atlanta.

"He's getting the help, and his grades are better," Hill said.

Close to 30 students are enrolled in the program, including several from other metro Atlanta school districts.

"It is our responsibility outside of the school to assist where needed," said program director Dr. Denean Smith, who teachers seventh grade in the DeKalb County School System. "The students are more confident now that they'll do better."

Dr. Smith said she made a concerted effort to reach out to APS students and parents after the cheating scandal broke last summer.

She said the church plans to offer an education camp for students in June.