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.
Most of the educators charged in the Atlanta schools cheating scandal are set to appear in court for formal arraignments. A hearing is scheduled for Friday morning before Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter. Baxter also plans to hear arguments from attorneys on both sides and from some media outlets regarding a gag order placed on the defendants in the case.
Atlanta educators accused of crimes in connection with the school system's cheating scandal earned bonuses that totaled as little as $750 and averaged $2,600. Arraignments for the 35 Atlanta Public Schools officials who were indicted in a racketeering conspiracy are set for Friday.
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.
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.
A panel of educators has voted to fire the first teacher in connection to a massive cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools. Former Parks Middle School teacher Damany Lewis confessed Wednesday to cheating four straight years.
Atlanta schools embroiled in a cheating scandal may have to pay back up to $260,000 in federal money for high-performing, low-income schools. Matt Cardoza, spokesman for the Georgia Department of Education, said Wednesday that state officials are trying to determine whether any of the 44 schools accused of cheating on 2009 standardized tests will have to return money.