Ebenezer Baptist prays for APS students, teachers | News
ATLANTA -- Members of one of Atlanta's most historic churches, Ebenezer Baptist Church, gave students and teachers from Atlanta Public Schools a standing ovation during Sunday morning service.
Senior Pastor Rev. Raphael G. Warnock dedicated part of the service to the APS cheating scandal to try to set the right tone for the new school year, which starts on Monday.
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"We ask that healing would happen in the Atlanta Public School system," Rev. Warnock prayed. "Bless our children."
He called on APS students in the congregation to join him at the front of the sanctuary during the 11 a.m. service.
"We believe in you, and we're counting on you," Rev. Warnock said to a group of about 40 students. "And there's nobody anywhere smarter than you are."
"You can learn anything," he added. "Martin Luther King, Jr. came through the Atlanta Public School system."
The new school year will start with about two dozen interim principals and dozens of new teachers hired to replace the ones implicated in the state cheating report released on July 5.
Investigators found widespread cheating on the 2009 CRCTs and accused 180 educators of taking part in changing student answer sheets.
Rev. Warnock called on churches across Metro Atlanta to pray for their local school systems and APS.