home, to the scandal rocking american schools tonight. Dozens of educators in atlanta stand accused of fixing student test scores and doing it so they could reap the government bonus money. Tonight is... See More
home, to the scandal rocking american schools tonight. Dozens of educators in atlanta stand accused of fixing student test scores and doing it so they could reap the government bonus money. Tonight is the deadline for them to turn themselves in. Here's abc's steve osunsami. Reporter: One by one, implicated teachers, principals and administrators surrendered at the county jail, accused of falsifying student achievement tests to gin up scores. For some of them, the bail is set at $1 million or more. Al capone, as I understand it, didn't have to post a million dollar bond. Reporter: Tonight, 35 face racketeering and other charges. At one school, they're accused of holding p where they erased the wrong answers and filled in the right one. Prosecutors say superintendent beverly hall is most responsible, firing teachers who failed to cheat and giving handsome bonuses to those who did. These educators are fighting real jail time, the former superintendant alone could see up to 45 years if convicted. She and her staff say they didn't know teachers were cheating. We are looking forward to sharing the evidence that will clear all of our names. Reporter: But today, we met a former teacher who says administrators knew darn well what was going on. They knew because we told them. Reporter: Robin grant says she and six teachers were fired when they blew the whistle on their principal and others who were allegedly telling students when their test answers were wrong. We were fired for telling the truth. Reporter: This investigation began after the atlanta newspaper found suspiciously sky rocketing scores from year to year. And they found similar patterns across the country. Potentially, so many parents who may not know if their children need more help. Steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta.
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