The trial of 12 former Atlanta Public Schools employees accused of cheating got under way Monday, and it’s expected to be a long one. As jury selection begins, potential jurors are bracing themselves for a three-month trial.
Tuesday may not have seemed like an election day, but voters across the state filled local offices and three vacant General Assembly seats. Northwest Georgia insurance agent and entrepreneur Bruce Thompson, former Gwinnett County prosecutor Chuck Efstration and retired Army lieutenant Brian Prince secured seats in the state legislature.
A jury has found a former Atlanta educator not guilty after the first trial connected to Atlanta's school cheating scandal. The verdict clearing Tamara Cotman of wrongdoing was announced around 11 a.m. Friday. Cotman, a former area director for Atlanta Public Schools, had been accused of trying to influence a witness.
Atlanta Public Schools officials say they're taking steps to address mold found in a high school on the city's southwest side. Associate Superintendent Steve Smith says tests were done Friday afternoon at Booker T. Washington High School and four areas had low levels of mold spores.
Georgia will become one of 10 states to participate in a federal program aimed at improving the way students get free or reduced-price lunches at school. At least two school districts in metro Atlanta — Clayton County Schools and Atlanta Public Schools — have signed up so far for the Community Eligibility Option.
A judge overseeing the case against dozens of Atlanta educators accused of a conspiracy to cheat on standardized tests is expressing concerns about whether their statements to investigators were coerced by investigators. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter addressed prosecutors at a hearing this week, telling them "I am seriously concerned about your case."
A defendant in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating case is asking a judge to disqualify Fulton County prosecutors because the district attorney's wife worked at a school where cheating took place. The motion claims District Attorney Paul Howard's wife, Petrina, was a counselor at M. Agnes Jones Elementary School when the 2009 CRCT was administered and helped distribute tests.