Atlanta Cheating Scandal Draws to a Close


Judge Jerry Baxter at the sentencing for the APS cheating trial

The Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal, which began in 2009 when the AJC uncovered suspicious gains in standardized test scores at multiple APS district schools, finally drew to a conclusion this year with the sentencing of eleven of the teachers and administrators most responsible.  The story gained national notoriety over the past 5 years, as former Superintendent of the Year Beverly Hall was investigated for her role in the scandal.  Hall, who was diagnosed with cancer in late 2014, passed away in March before she could take the stand.

In April eleven of the twelve teachers and administrators accused of being involved in the scandal were sentenced to jail time on racketeering charges.  The trial and sentencing were public and the focus of a great deal of both local and national media attention.


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