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Fmr. Atlanta Educators Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison

Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 11:26 AM

Two former Atlanta public school educators were ordered on Tuesday to serve seven years in prison in one of the nation's largest test-cheating scandals.

Another of the 11 educators convicted of racketeering this month was ordered by a judge to serve six months of weekends in jail and five years of probation, avoiding 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 sentenced two of the educators, who he called leaders in the scandal, to 20-year sentences, ordering that seven years must be served in prison.

Baxter had 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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Two former Atlanta public school educators were ordered on Tuesday to serve seven years in prison in one of the nation's largest test-cheating scandals. Another of the 11 educators convicted of racketeering this month was ordered by a judge to serve six months of weekends...
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