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Former Principal Avoids Prison in Atlanta School Cheating Scandal

Plus, Stonecrest’s COVID-19 testing site is shutting down.

Former Dobbs Elementary School Principal Dana Evans had been sentenced in 2015 to one year in prison and four years of probation, but a Fulton County judge has revised her sentence to five years' probation. (Associated Press)

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Here’s what’s up in Atlanta today: 

  • Prison time is not in a local Black former educator’s future. Former Dobbs Elementary School Principal Dana Evans was caught up in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal and was sentenced to one year in prison and four years of probation in 2015. But, according to a Fulton County judge, Evans won’t have to spend any time behind bars, instead revising her sentence to five years of probation.
  • Stonecrest’s COVID-19 testing site is closing up shop. The site, run by DeKalb’s health board, will no longer be available after today. With its closure, the only mass testing location in DeKalb will be the one at the Brookhaven MARTA station. At-home tests will still be offered by the board of health at its centers.
  • The CDC is taking monkeypox’s rise seriously. The agency is opening up its Emergency Operations Center to address the outbreak. More than 300 staffers will help monitor and respond to cases of the disease. So far, five cases have been reported in Georgia. 
  • And the Atlanta City Detention Center saga continues. Remember the City Council’s proposal to turn ACDC into a health and wellness center we told you about? Yep, that’s been put on pause — for now. This week, the council’s public safety committee voted against advancing the resolution. Talks on what to do with the center are said to be ongoing between Mayor Andre Dickens and his team.

ICYMI: Teachers, sign out of Indeed and head to Columbia Middle School today! A job fair is being thrown by DeKalb County Schools from 9 a.m. to noon. There are over 1,000 positions available, most of them are for teachers, but paraprofessionals, custodians, and food service workers are needed, too. Interested? Register here.

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