Judge raises concerns about Atlanta school cheating case

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
Educators in Atlanta schools reported cheating incidents, but their reports were often ignored, according to a report. (WRDW-TV / July 6, 2011)

Educators in Atlanta schools reported cheating incidents, but their reports were often ignored, according to a report. (WRDW-TV / July 6, 2011)

Wednesday, June 18, 2013

ATLANTA (AP) -- 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."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/1apFpuh ) that the judge told prosecutors it appeared to him that defendants had been threatened with the prospect of losing their jobs if they didn't cooperate with the investigation.

At issue is whether prosecutors improperly relied upon tainted testimony to build their case.

In March, Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall and 34 other educators were named in a 65-count indictment alleging a conspiracy to cheat in order to bolster student test scores.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)


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