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."
Atlanta Public Schools is notifying parents that it will have to turn over students' education information starting Friday in response to a subpoena. The subpoena is related to the criminal case against former educators who are accused of cheating on standardized tests.
The Atlanta Public Schools system is spending millions on remediation programs to help those directly affected by a massive cheating scandal and others who've simply fallen behind. Officials say the students didn't get the help they needed because their test scores weren't properly recorded.
Lawyers for some of the 35 defendants in Atlanta's school cheating scandal say their bonds are unreasonably high. Hurl Taylor, who represents test coordinator Donald Bullock, said his client's $1 million bond amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. Bullock was among the first defendants to surrender at the Fulton County Jail early Tuesday.
The first of several defendants expected to surrender Tuesday in Atlanta's school cheating scandal has turned herself in to authorities. Prosecutors set a Tuesday deadline for all 35 defendants to surrender to authorities.
A grand jury has indicted about three dozen educators in a standardized test cheating scandal that rocked Atlanta's public school system. The indictment was released Friday afternoon. The cheating scandal was one of the largest in the nation.
An Atlanta television station is reporting that several principals once accused of wrongdoing in Atlanta's school cheating scandal have been quietly rehired. The educators are among 38 principals who were implicated in the cheating scandal last year in a report by state investigators.
Dougherty County District Attorney Gred Edwards said his office has determined that some of the cheating cases should be handled by the school board's administrative tribunal. He said other cases may be prosecuted in court.