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Former Atlanta Educators in Test Cheating Case Spared Lengthy Jail Time

Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 11:01 AM

The first former Atlanta public school educator sentenced on Tuesday in one of the nation's largest test-cheating scandals was ordered by a judge to serve six months of weekends in jail and five years of probation.

Donald Bullock, one of 11 former Atlanta educators convicted of racketeering this month, avoided a potentially harsher punishment by making a sentencing agreement with prosecutors.

Other defendants in the case also were to be sentenced on Tuesday.

Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter urged the former educators on Monday to consider plea deals that would limit their prison time in exchange for the defendants taking responsibility for the cheating.

Erasing wrong answers was part of the cheating by the educators, who were under intense pressure to meet test targets, prosecutors said during a nearly six-month trial.

Student achievement helped the former principals, teachers and administrators to secure promotions and cash bonuses.

Cheating was rampant throughout the Atlanta school district in 2009, state investigators found, exposing problems that raised national concerns about high-stakes standardized testing.

A Georgia grand jury in 2013 indicted 35 Atlanta educators, including former school superintendent Beverly Hall, on conspiracy and other charges.

Twelve of the educators ended up going on trial for the charges, and 11 were convicted. Hall died of breast cancer this year.

Sentencing has been delayed until August for one of the 11 guilty educators

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