Transcript for Atlanta School System Caught in Epic Cheating Scandal
To the worst school cheating scandal in this country that we've ever seen, one of the nation's biggest school systems caught up in it. blamed but the teachers. Steve osunsami is on the case. Reporter: At the courthouse you'd think they were indict iing thugs. The accused thugs now fighting serious jail time are 35 atlanta teachers, principals and test coordinators. The whole purpose behind this is to vindicate the little children who got gypped out of an education. Reporter: The indictments are the latest page from now a three-year-long education that's shaken the faith of parents of schoolchildren. Nearly 200 teachers from 44 schools were accused of changing student answers to improve scores on federally required standardized tests. Frustrated and disappointed. If a jury finds them guilty, they should go to prison. Reporter: The educator in the most trouble is beverly hall, a national superintendent of the year who faces up to 45 years in prison. She's accused of giving bonuses to teachers who inflated test scores and firing teachers who didn't. She says she's innocent. What we're seeing is is that without her, this conspiracy could not have taken place. Reporter: Former atlanta schoolteacher, sidney fells, told us she was under so much pressure to cheat, she quit first. We were told that we needed to get the scores by any means necessary. Reporter: The atlanta newspaper exposed the cheating when reporters found too many schools with 45% gains in one year. It's not just atlanta that has this problem from what you saw. Correct. Again, we looked at st scores in every state, and what we found is that thousands of schools have similar patterns. Reporter: The accused educators have until tuesday to turn themselves in. Steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta.
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