A Fulton County Grand Jury has handed up an indictment in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal.
Among 35 school officials charged is former APS Superintendent Beverly Hall. They face charges of racketeering, theft by taking, influencing witnesses, conspiracy, and making false statements.
Arrest warrants have been issued for all the defendants.
WABE’s Martha Dalton is reporting from the Fulton County courthouse. And the WABE newsroom will bring you updates throughout the evening on the web and on 90.1 FM.
Update 6:50 p.m.
APS spokesman Stephen Alford issued this statement on Twitter: “Today’s indictment is between the individuals implicated and the DA’s office, and we will allow the legal process to take its course.”
Update 6:40 p.m.
Here’s the indictment (pdf). Those charged include:
- Beverly Hall, Former APS Superintendent
- Millicent Few, Human Resources Director
- Sharon Davis-Williams, Area Superintendent
- Tamara Cotman, Area Superintendent
- Michael Pitts, Area Superintendent
Update 6:12 p.m.
The grand jury is recommending Hall’s bond be set at $7.5 million.
Update 6:10 p.m.
Fulton District Attorney Paul Howard on Hall: “This took place in 58 of the Atlanta public schools. It would not have taken place if her actions had not made that possible.”
Update 6:08 p.m.
From Martha Dalton’s Twitter feed: District Attorney says without Hall, cheating conspiracy could not have happened.
Update 6:05 p.m.
Statement from State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge regarding indictments of Atlanta Public Schools educators:
“While these educators have not been found guilty of a crime, the indictments should serve as a warning that test security should continue to be a top priority for educators in every school. No matter what happens in the courts, our children are the ones who will pay for the cloud cast by this cheating investigation. Now that this issue is in the hands of the District Attorney, we will all be watching closely to see the outcome.”
Update 5:59 p.m.
From Martha Dalton’s Twitter feed: Atlanta Supt. Errol Davis pledges support of teachers not involved in cheating scandal. Promises “ethical environment.”
Update 5:50 p.m.
Statement from Mayor Kasim Reed expected shortly. Governor Nathan Deal declining comment for now.
Update 5:44 p.m.
WABE’s Rose Scott sits down with WABE Legal Analyst Page Pate to discuss the indictment.
Update 5:35 p.m.
Among 35 school officials charged is former APS Superintendent Beverly Hall, who faces racketeering charges.
Update 5:28 p.m.
Press conference set to start at Fulton County courthouse.
Background from WABE on APS cheating scandal:
- A Year Later, State Appointed Investigator Stands By Cheating Report – July 2, 2012
- 12 Atlanta Public Schools Educators Cleared of Misconduct In Cheating Scandal – June 22, 2012
- District Attorney’s Office Collecting Information on Former APS Superintendent – June 14, 2012
- Fulton County District Attorney’s Office Quiet On RICO Expert – May 14, 2012
- A Conversation with Richard Deane, Attorney for Former Atlanta School Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall - July 8, 2011
- APS Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall Wants To Move On – November 20, 2010
- Atlanta School Superintendent on the CRCT Cheating Probe: A Conversation with Dr. Beverly Hall (Part 1) – August 4, 2010
- Atlanta School Superintendent on the CRCT Cheating Probe: A Conversation with Dr. Beverly Hall (Part 2) August 5, 2010