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.
DeKalb County District Attorney's officials say three former school administrators have been indicted in a CRCT cheating probe. The educators face charges including fraud, forgery and making false statements.
Former Atlanta schools superintendent Beverly Hall was released from jail late Tuesday after posting bond. Educators indicted in a test cheating scandal had to surrender at the Fulton County jail by Tuesday, and all but a few met the deadline.
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.
An outside tribunal is recommending four Dougherty County teachers be suspended for 60 days without pay. These are the first cases to be considered since a cheating scandal was uncovered at the southwest Georgia school district last December. Tommy Coleman, attorney for the school board, says they are accused of coaching students through the test.
State investigators say at least 10 educators in Dougherty County Schools have confessed to cheating on standardized tests. Special investigators were appointed by then-Gov. Sonny Perdue in August 2010 to look into possible cheating the previous year in the Atlanta and Dougherty County school systems.
Two principals of Atlanta schools say cheating couldn't have occurred there because state test monitors were present. The monitors were stationed at the schools, West Manor and White elementary schools, because they had been flagged in a state analysis of erasures on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests in 2010. The two principals, Cheryl Twyman and Tamarah Larkin-Currie, were among 178 Atlanta Public Schools employees named in a state report into cheating on the 2009 CRCT.