All 35 indicted APS educators bond out of jail

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An outline of the findings of the 2011 investigation from the governor's office:

>> Thousands of children were harmed by the 2009 CRCT cheating by being denied remedial education because of their inflated CRCT scores.

>> We found cheating in 44 of the 56 schools we examined (78.6%). There were 38 principals of those 56 schools (67.9%) found to be responsible for, or directly involved in, cheating.

>> We determined that 178 teachers and principals in the Atlanta Public Schools System cheated. Of the 178, 82 confessed to this misconduct. Six principals refused to answer our questions, and pled the Fifth Amendment, which, under civil law is an implied admission of wrongdoing. These principals, and 32 more, either were involved with, or should have known that, there was test cheating in their schools.

>> We empathize with those educators who felt they were pressured to cheat and commend those who were willing to tell us the truth regarding their misconduct. However, this report is not meant to excuse their ethical failings, or exonerate them from their wrongdoings.

>> The 2009 CRCT statistics are overwhelming and allow for no conclusion other than widespread cheating in APS. The BRC expert, Dr. John Fremer, wrote an op-ed article for the AJC in which he said there was widespread, organized cheating in APS.

>> The drop in 2010 CRCT erasures confirm the conclusion above.

>> Cheating occurred as early as 2001.

>> There were warnings of cheating on CRCT as early as December 2005/January 2006. The warnings were significant and clear and were ignored.

>> Cheating was caused by a number of factors but primarily by the pressure to meet targets in the data-driven environment.

>> There was a major failure of leadership throughout APS with regard to the ethical administration of the 2009 CRCT.

>> A culture of fear, intimidation and retaliation existed in APS, which created a conspiracy of silence and deniability with respect to standardized test misconduct.

>> In addition to the 2009 CRCT cheating, we found other improper conduct: several open record act violations; instances of false statements; and instances of document destruction.

ATLANTA -- All 35 of the indicted educators accused in the Atlanta Public School cheating scandal have bonded out of the Fulton County Jail after turning themselves in on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

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Here are the people who've turned themselves in so far, their charges and their bond amounts:

Beverly Hall (Former superintendent) -- Racketeering, theft by taking, false statements and false swearing -- $200,000 bond

Armstead Salters (Principal at Gideons Elementary) -- Racketeering, false statements and influencing witnesses -- $100,000 bond

Tabeeka Jordan (Assistant principal at Deerwood Elementary) -- Racketeering, theft by taking and false statements -- $10,000 bond

Desai Curb (Teacher at Dobbs Elementary) -- Racketeering and false statements -- $60,000 bond

Gloria Ivey (Teacher at Dunbar Elementary) -- Racketeering and false statements - $50,000 bond

Sheila Evans (Teacher at Benteen Elementary) -- Racketeering, theft by taking and false statements -- $400,000 bond

Carol Dennis (Secretary at Kennedy Middle) -- Racketeering and false statements -- $20,000 bond

Sheridan Rogers (Testing coordinator at Gideons Elementary) -- Racketeering and false statements -- $50,000 bond

Theresia Copeland (Testing coordinator at Benteen Elementary) -- Racketeering, theft by taking and false statements -- $50,000 bond

Donald Bullock (Testing coordinator Usher-Collier Heights Elementary) -- Racketeering, false statements and false swearing -- $20,000 bond

Tameka Goodson (School improvement specialist at Kennedy Middle) -- Racketeering and false statements -- $40,000 bond

Starlette Mitchell (Teacher at Parks Middle) -- Racketeering and false statements -- $50,000 bond

Gregory Reid (Assistant principal at Parks Elementary) -- Racketeering, false statements and false swearing -- $50,000 bond

Lisa Terry (Teacher at Humphries Elementary) -- Racketeering, theft by taking, false statements -- $50,000 bond

Sandra Ward (Testing coordinator at Parks Middle) -- Racketeering, theft by taking, false statements -- $50,000 bond

Angela Williamson (Teacher at Dobbs Elementary) -- Racketeering, false statements and false swearing -- $60,000 bond

Ingrid Abella-Sly (Teacher at Humphries Elementary) -- Racketeering, theft by taking and false statements -- $50,000 bond

Wendy Ahmed (teacher at Humphries Elementary) -- Racketeering, theft by taking and false statements -- $50,000 bond

Christopher Waller (Principal at Parks Middle) -- Racketeering, false statements and false swearing -- $100,000 bond

Francis Mack (Testing coordinator at D.H. Stanton Elementary) -- Racketeering and false statements -- $50,000 bond

Shayla Smith (Teacher at Dobbs Elementary) -- Racketeering, false statements and false swearing -- $60,000 bond

Pamela Cleveland (Teacher at Dunbar Elementary) -- Racketeering and false statements -- $50,000 bond

Shani Robinson (Teacher at Dunbar Elementary) -- Racketeering and false statements -- $40,000 bond

Sharon Davis-Williams (school resource team executive director) -- Racketeering, false statements and false swearing -- $25,000 bond

Michael Pitts (school resource team executive director) -- Racketeering and influencing witnesses -- $25,000 bond

Tamara Cotman (school resource team executive director) -- Racketeering and influencing witnesses -- $25,000 bond

Derrick Broadwater (Teacher at Dobbs Elementary) -- Racketeering, false statements and false swearing -- $50,000 bond

Clarietta Davis (Principal at Venetian Elementary) -- Racketeering, false statements and theft by taking -- $100,000 bond

Lera Middlebrooks (Testing coordinator at Dunbar Elementary) -- Racketeering, false statements and influencing witnesses -- $60,000 bond

Dr. Lucious Brown (Principal at Kennedy Middle) -- Racketeering -- $100,000 bond

Willie Davenport (Principal at D.H. Stanton Elementary) -- Racketeering and false statements -- $100,000 bond

The 35 educators, including former superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall, were required to surrender by the end of the day Tuesday.

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A grand jury hearing the APS case suggested a $7.5 million bond for former superintendent Beverly Hall. That bond was reduced to $200,000 Tuesday.  If convicted, she faces up to 45 years in prison.

Tuesday afternoon, former DeKalb County District Attorney J. Tom Morgan announced that he is one of the attorneys representing Hall in this case.

Atlanta Public Schools has set up a hotline where community members can report cheating. Call 1-877-801-7754 or visit tnwinc.com/atlantapublicschools to file a report.

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