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
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.