- Eleven educators face up to 20 years in prison for inflating their students' test scores to get bonus money for their schools . . . and for themselves.
- The 11 teachers, testing coordinators and other administrators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering after a five-year investigation and six month long trial.
- Evidence of cheating was found in 44 schools across the Atlanta school system, with nearly 180 educators involved.
- A racketeering charge could carry up to 20 years in prison and most of the defendants will be sentenced on April 8.
- The cheating came to light after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in 2008 that some students' scores were statistically improbable.
- Prosecutors said the educators were guaranteed bonuses by inflating scores, while improving the poor reputation of their school system .
- Superintendent Beverly Hall, the alleged ringleader who received up to $500,000 in payouts, died of breast cancer as the scandal went to trial.
- One principal would wear gloves to erase answers and write in new ones
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3021915/11-Atlanta-educators-convicted-test-cheating-scandal.html#ixzz3WA2Roc9T
CNN also has in-depth coverage here: http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/01/us/atlanta-schools-cheating-scandal/