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11 of 12 former Atlanta School Teachers Convicted of Racketeering!

Darth Sidious
Darth Sidious ..in the grim darkness of the far future, there is only warMembers Posts: 2,507 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited April 2015 in The Social Lounge
Atlanta schools cheating scandal: 11 of 12 defendants convicted

(CNN)All but one of 12 defendants charged with racketeering and other crimes in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal were convicted Wednesday.

"We've been fighting for the children in our community, particularly those children who were deprived by this cheating scandal," Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said.

Ten of the defendants were taken into custody, while one woman who is pregnant will remain out on bond until sentencing.

All 11 were convicted of racketeering, with a mixture of convictions and acquittals on other charges, including making false statements, CNN affiliate WGCL reported. One teacher was acquitted of all charges.


Howard told reporters sentencing should happen in the coming weeks.

In 2013, a Fulton County grand jury indicted 35 educators from the district, including principals, teachers and testing coordinators.

More than 20 former school system employees took a plea deal, WGCL reported.

A state review had determined that some cheating had occurred in more than half the district's elementary and middle schools. About 180 teachers at 44 schools were implicated initially.

The cheating is believed to date back to early 2001, when scores on statewide skills tests began to turn around in the 50,000-student school district, according to the 2013 indictment.

For at least four years, between 2005 and 2009, test answers were altered, fabricated and falsely certified, the indictment said.


Michael Bowers, a former Georgia attorney general who investigated the cheating scandal said in 2013 that there were "cheating parties," erasures in and out of classrooms, and teachers were told to make changes to student answers on tests.

"Anything that you can imagine that could involve cheating -- it was done," he said at the time.

During his investigation, he heard that educators cheated out of pride, to earn bonuses, to enhance their careers or to keep their jobs, he said.

During the trial, prosecutor Fani Willis told the jury that some students were given the correct answers, CNN affiliate WSB reported.

Investigations into the remarkable -- and suspicious -- improvements on standardized tests were first reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper in 2008.


Beverly Hall, the superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools who resigned in 2010, was too ill to go to trial; she died in March. Hall repeatedly denied any direct knowledge of wrongdoing


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  • StillFaggyAF
    StillFaggyAF Queer LGBT CommunityMembers Posts: 40,358 ✭✭✭✭✭
    damn, i wish i went to an underwater school
  • D0wn
    D0wn Members Posts: 10,818 ✭✭✭✭✭
    They were evening out the playing field.
  • Kakarot
    Kakarot Members Posts: 303 ✭✭✭
    Cheating is for suckers.
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  • LcnsdbyROYALTY
    LcnsdbyROYALTY King of Myself Members Posts: 13,763 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I wonder why that one was acquitted of everything...
  • Darth Sidious
    Darth Sidious ..in the grim darkness of the far future, there is only warMembers Posts: 2,507 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I saw the story about the convictions on NBC nightly news, the case had gone on for 2 years with over a hundred witnesses. The judge was 🤬 ! He denied bail and they went..

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  • huey
    huey Members Posts: 11,743 ✭✭✭✭✭
    This is how I got a college degree
  • Copper
    Copper The WickMembers Posts: 49,532 ✭✭✭✭✭
    but them whites 🤬 they students and.......
  • fuc_i_look_like
    fuc_i_look_like Members Posts: 9,190 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I seen this on yahoo earlier, they're all 🤬 . The judge is goin 2 hard on them imo tho, all of them are forced 2 sit in jail till they go to trial...smh..
  • leftcoastkev
    leftcoastkev Nothing left to prove Bay Area, CAMembers Posts: 6,232 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Kakarot wrote: »
    Cheating is for suckers.

    Meanwhile......

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  • skpjr78
    skpjr78 Members Posts: 7,311 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Im an APS grad. Doug High to be exact. 🤬 🤬 up man. not a good look
  • deadeye
    deadeye Walmart Warrior Kat's buttMembers Posts: 22,883 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Jail time though?


    Suspending their teacher licenses indefinitely would be punishment enough.


    Some of those educators don't have any common sense or any grasp of the legal system.


    The smart ones were the 20 who took the plea deal.


    Don't know what 12 who went to trial were thinking.


    Guess that's what happens when people watch too much Law & Order and think they can game the system.
  • Stiff
    Stiff Legion of Trill BG Members Posts: 7,723 ✭✭✭✭✭
    deadeye wrote: »
    Jail time though?


    Suspending their teacher licenses indefinitely would be punishment enough.


    Some of those educators don't have any common sense or any grasp of the legal system.


    The smart ones were the 20 who took the plea deal.


    Don't know what 12 who went to trial were thinking.


    Guess that's what happens when people watch too much Law & Order and think they can game the system.

    I got a cousin that got caught up in the whole thing for shredding papers and then got caught lying about it to the grand jury...she took the plea deal and turned state's witness to avoid jail time.
  • Meta_Conscious
    Meta_Conscious Hypocrite The BashmentMembers Posts: 26,227 ✭✭✭✭✭
    🤬 forbid they teach the youth...
  • MR.CJ
    MR.CJ Members Posts: 64,689 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • skpjr78
    skpjr78 Members Posts: 7,311 ✭✭✭✭✭
    No child left behind has left alot children behind
  • wmj710
    wmj710 Members Posts: 3,798 ✭✭✭✭✭
    So the 12th one cut a deal?
  • Stiff
    Stiff Legion of Trill BG Members Posts: 7,723 ✭✭✭✭✭
    wmj710 wrote: »
    So the 12th one cut a deal?

    Nah the 12th one they just couldn't pin anything on her...there were way more teachers/admins who were charged but most of them cut deals..only 13 tried to plead innocent..11 were found guilty, 1 died before the verdict and then the 1 just got acquitted
  • LcnsdbyROYALTY
    LcnsdbyROYALTY King of Myself Members Posts: 13,763 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Stiff wrote: »
    wmj710 wrote: »
    So the 12th one cut a deal?

    Nah the 12th one they just couldn't pin anything on her...there were way more teachers/admins who were charged but most of them cut deals..only 13 tried to plead innocent..11 were found guilty, 1 died before the verdict and then the 1 just got acquitted

    Was the one that got acquitted black too?
  • Stiff
    Stiff Legion of Trill BG Members Posts: 7,723 ✭✭✭✭✭
    chiyosuke wrote: »
    Stiff wrote: »
    wmj710 wrote: »
    So the 12th one cut a deal?

    Nah the 12th one they just couldn't pin anything on her...there were way more teachers/admins who were charged but most of them cut deals..only 13 tried to plead innocent..11 were found guilty, 1 died before the verdict and then the 1 just got acquitted

    Was the one that got acquitted black too?

    Yea older black lady..looked like she in her 60s...

    Interesting fact tho..she was the only one who had a white attorney
  • LcnsdbyROYALTY
    LcnsdbyROYALTY King of Myself Members Posts: 13,763 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Stiff wrote: »
    chiyosuke wrote: »
    Stiff wrote: »
    wmj710 wrote: »
    So the 12th one cut a deal?

    Nah the 12th one they just couldn't pin anything on her...there were way more teachers/admins who were charged but most of them cut deals..only 13 tried to plead innocent..11 were found guilty, 1 died before the verdict and then the 1 just got acquitted

    Was the one that got acquitted black too?

    Yea older black lady..looked like she in her 60s...

    Interesting fact tho..she was the only one who had a white attorney

    Interesting indeed
  • janklow
    janklow god's lonely man. Members, Moderators Posts: 8,613 Regulator
    Copper wrote: »
    but them whites 🤬 they students and.......
    i think they look those white people up, because if there's one thing you go to jail for, it's 🤬 around with kids

  • LcnsdbyROYALTY
    LcnsdbyROYALTY King of Myself Members Posts: 13,763 ✭✭✭✭✭
    janklow wrote: »
    Copper wrote: »
    but them whites 🤬 they students and.......
    i think they look those white people up, because if there's one thing you go to jail for, it's 🤬 around with kids

    You obviously missed those threads where the teacher got off with out having to register as a sex offender. Although she does have another case pending.
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