ATLANTA, GA 11/02/2011 -- Board chair Brenda Muhammad says probation is over for the district's high schools. "Quite frankly we are so excited today that we can hardly stand here. I'm just being honest," said Muhammad.
They are now on a status called "accredited on advisement."
That's one step below the top rating from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. "This is another indication that Atlanta Public Schools is moving forward," said Muhammad.
In those 10 trying probationary months, parents put pressure on the board to, "step-up or step-down."
"The board and the staff and the parents and community have come together to fix things. Now, let's move forward and together and make the greatest school system in the world," said parent Lisa Weldon.
Losing accreditation would have put the 50-thousand student district in danger of losing private grants. It also could have kept students from gaining admission and winning scholarships at some colleges.