Schools

Some Atlanta School Cheating Suspects Face $1 Million Bonds

35 educators indicted on 65 counts

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ATLANTA—Educators accused in a massive cheating scandal at the city's public schools began turning themselves in Tuesday, some facing bonds of $1 million or more.

The 35 defendants were indicted Friday on 65 counts, including racketeering, making false statements and improperly influencing witnesses.

The investigation was sparked by reports of widespread erasures on student 2009 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests. The center of the storm is former superintendent Beverly Hall, who was named national superintendent of the year in 2009 by the American Association of School Administrators—in large part because of students' improvement on standardized tests.

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