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  1. #1
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    Jan 2004

    GA - 3 dozen indicted in Atlanta school cheating scandal, March 2013


    ATLANTA (AP) — In another embarrassing blow to Atlanta public schools, nearly three dozen former educators, including the ex-superintendent, were indicted Friday in one of the nation's largest test cheating scandals.

    Former Superintendent Beverly Hall faced charges including racketeering, false statements and theft because prosecutors said some of the bonuses she received were tied to falsified scores.

    Hall retired just days before a state probe was released in 2011. She has long denied knowing about the cheating or ordering it.............

    The criminal investigation lasted 21 months and the allegations date back to 2005. In addition to Hall, 34 people were indicted: four high-level administrators, six principals; two assistant principals; six testing coordinators; 14 teachers; a school improvement specialist and a school secretary.

    All of the people named in the indictment face conspiracy charges. Other charges in the 65-count indictment include false statements and writings, false swearing, theft and influencing witnesses.

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  2. #2
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    Apr 2013
    From last month:


    All but one of 12 defendants charged with racketeering and other crimes in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal were convicted Wednesday...

    All 11 were convicted of racketeering, with a mixture of convictions and acquittals on other charges, including making false statements, CNN affiliate WGCL reported. One teacher was acquitted of all charges. The convicted defendants comprised three executive administrators, one principal, one assistant principal, four teachers and two testing coordinators.

    Howard told reporters sentencing should happen in the coming weeks. The penalty for racketeering is five to 20 years, while make false statements can be punishable by up to five years in prison.

  3. #3
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    Sep 2009
    Well, at least they're being charged with something. I hope they all get the max the law allows.
    "In a time of universal deceit -- telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

  4. #4
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    Apr 2013
    From September:


    Judge Jerry Baxter sentenced the mother of a 4-month-old to a year in prison and then ordered a 76-year-old former principal to spend the next eight weekends in the Fulton County Jail for their roles in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating case.

    Though five months have passed since a jury convicted 11 former educators of racketeering, Baxter is still perturbed that none of them will admit they are guilty...

    [T]wo of the former educators agreed to say in open court that they were guilty so they could avoid prison. Like Robinson, the other eight would not say they were guilty, as the jury had voted, so they were sentenced to prison for one to three years.

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