Almost all the defendants will spend time behind bars, a reality that hit home hard for some in the courtroom. Audible crying and sobbing could be heard as Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter handed down the first of the sentences.
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April 14, 2015
April 13, 2015
The judge put off sentencing the educators for their roles in a scheme to inflate students' scores on standardized exams; he's urging their defense attorneys to work out sentencing agreements with the district attorney.
April 02, 2015
With teachers and administrators, including a superstar superintendent turned scapegoat, facing charges typically reserved for organized crime, the investigation, indictments and trial captivated educators from coast to coast.
April 01, 2015
Jurors found that the educators conspired to artificially inflate tests scores by changing answers or guiding students to fill in correct responses on a 2009 state test.
March 19, 2015
Jurors must decide if 12 former district employees were part of a vast criminal conspiracy, committed lesser felonies, or were merely pawns in a scheme masterminded by their former bosses and supervisors.
March 06, 2015
Gov. Nathan Deal proposed a constitutional amendment to create an "Opportunity School District," which will give the state power to take over chronically low-performing schools.
March 02, 2015
Hall, a former national superintendent of the year, was widely lauded for strong gains in Atlanta until a cheating scandal tarnished that legacy.
October 14, 2014
The trial in the nation's largest cheating scandal is now in its third week. A dozen former educators and administrators face felony racketeering charges for their alleged roles in changing students' test scores to inflate performance and qualify for bonuses.
September 30, 2014
Former superintendent Beverly Hall, also charged in the case, has had her trial delayed indefinitely due to illness.
August 11, 2014
The 12 defendants include former teachers, principals, administrators, and testing coordinators. The trial is expected to last at least three months.