ATLANTA (WAOK) – A Fulton County grand jury has handed down indictments in the Atlanta Public School cheating scandal. Former Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall is among those who are indicted. The 65-count indictment states that Dr. Hall pressured her subordinates to increase CRCT (Criterion-Referenced Competency Test) scores between 2006 and 2009 under threat of intimidation and/or termination.

The charges include racketeering,  influencing a witness, theft by taking, and making false statements or writings.  Hall’s bond is set at $7.5 million.

In all, 35 APS employees have been charged including Millicent Few, the district’s Chief Human Resources Officer; Michael Pitts, the SRT-2 Executive Director; Tamara Johnson, SRT-4 Executive Director; and Christopher Waller, principal of Parks Middle school where several teachers confessed to cheating.

According to the AJC the names of the other people indicted include:

Sharon Davis Williams

Gregory Reid

Sandra Ward

Starlette Mitchell

Kimberly Oden

Armstead Salters

Sheridan Rogers

Dana Evans

Angela Williamson

Derrick Broadwater

Shayla Smith

Dessa Curb

Lera Middlebrook

Shani Robinson

Pamela Cleveland

Diane Buckner-Webb

Gloria Ivey

Lisa Terry

Ingrid Abella-Sly

Wendy Ahmed

Lucious Brown

Carol Dennis

Tameka Goodson

Tabeeka Jordan

Clarietta Davis

Donald Bullock

Theresia Copeland

Sheila Evans

Willie Davenport

Francis Mack

In 2009, state investigators found evidence of cheating on CRCT tests where it was alleged test scores were erased or corrected in order to meet district standards. Dr. Beverly Hall has denied the allegations.

The indictment was released Friday afternoon. Hall and the other educators are expected to surrender by Tuesday. The Atlanta Public School cheating scandal is said to be the largest  in the nation.


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