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Educator Acquitted in Ga. Cheating Case

By Lesli A. Maxwell — September 17, 2013 1 min read
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A former Atlanta public schools administrator charged with influencing a witness in the district’s massive cheating scandal was found not guilty this month by a jury in Fulton County, Ga.

Tamara Cotman, a former area director who oversaw more than 20 schools, was acquitted of charges that she had instructed principals to tell investigators looking into the cheating allegations to “go to hell.”

The trial was the first to come after state prosecutors indicted 35 former Atlanta teachers and administrators, including Beverly Hall, the former superintendent.

Ms. Hall, a one-time national superintendent of the year, and her former colleagues were named in a 65-count indictment that alleges they engaged in a broad conspiracy to make student performance in the Atlanta district look better than it actually was.

The indictment, which includes racketeering charges, alleges that Ms. Hall and the others cheated on state exams, hid the cheating, and retaliated against whistle-blowers who tried to expose it.

A version of this article appeared in the September 18, 2013 edition of Education Week as Educator Acquitted In Ga. Cheating Case

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