Howard: A Top Ex-APS Administrator To Plead Guilty In Cheating Scandal

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News Release: Associated Press News

ATLANTA (AP) -- Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard says the former human resources chief for Atlanta's public schools has agreed to plead guilty in connection with a test cheating scandal.

WSB-TV reports ( Millicent Few has agreed to plead guilty to a reduced charge. Howard says Few will receive probation and has been cooperating with prosecutors.

Howard says Few is the prosecution's most significant witness because she's the first person who can testify that she personally saw former superintendent Beverly Hall ordering the destruction of a school's internal investigation.

Howard said he hasn't discussed Few's disclosures with Hall's attorneys, who have been adamant about her innocence.

A grand jury indictment last year charged 35 former administrators and teachers for their alleged involvement in a scheme to tamper with standardized test results.

News Release: Associated Press News

Updated: December 20, 2013

ATLANTA (AP) -- Fulton County prosecutors say three more former educators with Atlanta Public Schools have pleaded guilty in a wide-ranging test cheating case.

Prosecutors say eleven former educators have now pleaded guilty. That leaves 23 defendants still fighting the charges, including former Superintendent Beverly Hall.

On Friday, prosecutors said former testing coordinators Sheridan Rogers and Francis Mack along with former teacher Tameka Goodson pleaded guilty to obstruction. Each was sentenced to one year on probation under the terms of the plea deal.

Prosecutors say Mack acknowledged she had withheld information about a fellow employee changing student answers on standardized tests, while Rogers said she was ordered to provide teachers with access to completed answer sheets.

Prosecutors say Goodson had witnessed two others change student answers from wrong to right.

News Release: Associated Press News
ATLANTA (AP) -- Two more former teachers have pleaded guilty in connection with the test-cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Monday's guilty pleas mean that four defendants have now acknowledged criminal wrongdoing.

The judge overseeing the case has set a Jan. 6 deadline for APS defendants to reach negotiated pleas with the prosecution. More are expected to plead guilty this week.

The educators are among more than 30 former administrators and teachers to face criminal charges involving allegations of tampering with standardized test results. The charges stem from a 2011 state investigation, which concluded that cheating occurred at 44 Atlanta schools so educators could avoid losing their jobs and earn bonuses.

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