Ex-Superintendent, 34 Teachers Accused in Cheating Scandal

Atlanta educators allegedly took part in an elaborate scheme to fake test scores.
2:21 | 04/02/13

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Well now to the school cheating scandal that is gripping the city of atlanta. A former school superintendent and 34 of her employees faked test scores. Three of them already turning themselves in this morning and abc's steve osunsami has the latest. Reporter: Good morning, amy. These are school principals, teachers, test coordinators, even a school secretary and they all have to turn themselves in to the jail today. Early this morning the first of many mug shots, tamika goodson, a school improvement specialist turning herself in brought down by the huge cheating scandal rocking atlanta. As a parent that wants the best for their child, I'm very disappointed. Reporter: The same teachers and school administrators who were bragging just a few years ago aboudouble-digit improvements in test results now charged with racketeering, theft and false statements and they've At one school investigators say the principal and his teachers held after-school parties where they sat around and corrected tests before turning them in to be graded. The financial terms were a motivation all across the board. Reporter: The indictments read like a rap on the mob and the boss is former atlanta school superintendent beverly hall who could see up to 45 years in prison if convicted. She's one of the few expected to spend the night in jail. Her bond could be set as high as $7.5 million. She's accused of firing teachers who couldn't produce higher test scores, giving bonuses to those who did and ignoring clear signs that teachers were cheating to make the scores happen. She and other accused educators are shouting their innocence. I am actually considered a criminal for doing the best i can for children all my life. Reporter: When the going was good superintendent hall was a hero. She earned more than $500,000 in bonuses and was named a national superintendent of the year. The atlanta newspaper that broke the story looked across the country and found 196 school districts with equally suspicious scores. No one wants to hear that those improving test scores respect for real. Reporter: Many teachers across this region blame the troubles here on no child left behind, those federally mandated tests and the scores that measured schools.

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