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GRAND JURY INDICTS 35 IN CONNECTION WITH ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS CHEATING SCANDAL

Former Superintendent Beverly Hall Accused of Leading ‘Conspiracy’

Atlanta- A Fulton County Grand Jury has returned indictments against former APS Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall and 34-subordinates in connection with a test cheating scandal. Each of the defendants is charged with Georgia RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) conspiracy. The 65-count indictment also includes charges of False Statements and Writings, False Swearing, Theft by Taking and Influencing Witnesses in connection with the alleged conspiracy to alter Criterion Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) scores.

The District Attorney’s 21-month criminal investigation follows a 2011 probe initiated by the Governor’s Office into testing irregularities and cheating allegations on 2008-2009 CRCT exams in dozens of Atlanta Public Elementary Schools. The District Attorney’s Office created a special unit of prosecutors and investigators to explore potential criminal activity connected with the allegations. The investigation included a review of testing activity associated with at least 50 APS schools as well as hundreds of interviews with school administrators, staff, parents and students.

Prosecutors allege the 35 named defendants conspired to either cheat, conceal cheating or retaliate against whistleblowers in an effort to bolster CRCT scores for the benefit of financial rewards associated with high test scores. The alleged activity dates back to as early as 2005. In addition to Dr. Beverly Hall, the indicted defendants include four high- level executive administrators, six principals, two assistant principals, six testing coordinators, 14 teachers, a school improvement specialist and a school secretary.

Grand Jury warrants have been issued for the arrest of each defendant. The case will now be assigned to a Fulton County Superior Court Judge and scheduled for trial. 


Defendants

Superintendent

Dr. Beverly Hall

  • Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings
  • False Swearing
  • Theft by Taking

Human Resources (Executive Staff)

Millicent Few, Esq.

  • Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Swearing

School Resource Team Executive Directors: 3

  1. Dr. Sharon Davis-Williams (SRT-1)

    Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements (2 counts)
    False Swearing

  2. Mr. Michael Pitts (SRT-2)

    Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act Influencing Witnesses

  3. Ms. Tamara Cotman (SRT-4)

    Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act Influencing Witnesses

Principals: 6

  1. Mr. Christopher Waller (Parks Middle School)

    Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings (3 counts)
    False Swearing

  2. Dr. Luscious Brown (Kennedy Middle School)

    Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings (2 counts)

  3. Ms. Dana Evans (Dobbs Elementary)

    Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings (4 counts)

  4. Ms. Clarietta Davis (Venetian Elementary)

    Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings (2 counts)
    Theft by Taking

  5. Mr. Armstead Salters (Gideons Elementary)

    Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings (2 counts) 
    Influencing Witnesses

     
  6. Ms. Willie Davenport (D.H. Stanton Elementary)

    Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings (2 counts) 

Assistant Principal: 2

  1. Mr. Gregory Reid (Parks Middle School)

    Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings (3 counts)
    False Swearing

  2. Ms. Tabeeka Jordan (Deerwood Elementary)

    Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings
    Theft by Taking 

Testing Coordinators: 6

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  1. Ms. Sandra Ward (Parks Middle School)

    Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings (3 counts)
     
  2. Ms. Francis Mack (D.H. Stanton Elementary)

    Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings
     
  3. Mr. Sheridan Rogers (Gideons Elementary)

    Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings (3 counts)
     
  4. Ms. Lera Middlebrooks (Dunbar Elementary)

    Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings (2 counts)
     Influencing Witnesses
     
  5. Mr. Donald Bullock (Usher-Collier Heights Elementary)

    Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings (3 counts)
    False Swearing
     
  6. Ms. Theresia Copeland (Benteen Elementary)

    Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act Theft by Taking
    False Statements and Writings (2 counts) 

School Improvement Specialist: 1

  1. Dr. Tameka Goodson (Kennedy Middle School)

    Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
    False Statements and Writings 

Teachers: 13

Ms. Starlette Mitchell (Parks Middle School)

Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings (3 counts)

Ms. Kimberly Oden (Parks Middle School)

Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings

Ms. Shayla Smith (Dobbs Elementary)

Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings (2 counts)
False Swearing

Ms. Angela Williamson (Dobbs Elementary)

Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings (2 counts)
False Swearing (2 counts)

Ms. Dessa Curb (Dobbs Elementary)

Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings (2 counts)

Mr. Derrick Broadwater ( Dobbs Elementary)

Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings (3 counts)
False Swearing

Ms. Pamela Cleveland (Dunbar Elementary)

Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings (2 counts) 

Ms. Shani Robinson (Dunbar Elementary)

Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings

Ms. Diane Buckner-Webb (Dunbar Elementary)

Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings (2 counts)

Ms. Gloria Ivey ( Dunbar Elementary)

Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings (2 counts)

Ms. Lisa Terry (Humphries Elementary)

Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings
Theft by Taking

Ms. Ingrid Abella-Sly (Humphries Elementary)

Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings (2 counts)
Theft by Taking

Ms. Wendy Ahmed (Humphries Elementary)

Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings (2 counts)
Theft by Taking

Ms. Sheila Evans (Benteen Elementary)

Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings (2 counts)
Theft by Taking

Secretary: 1

Ms. Carol Dennis (Kennedy Middle School)

Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act False Statements and Writings 


Charges and Sentence Ranges

Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act O.C.G.A. 16-14-4 (C)
5-20 years

False Statements and Writings O.C.G.A 16-10-20
1-5 years

False Swearing O.C.G.A. 16-10-71
1-5 years

Theft by Taking O.C.G.A. 16-8-2
1-15 years

Influencing Witnesses O.C.G.A. 16-10-93
1-5 years 


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