Former Atlanta Public School Superintendent Beverly Hall and 34 others were indicted Friday indictment on charges of racketeering, theft by taking, influencing witnesses, conspiracy and false statements in connection with the cheating scandal that has dogged Atlanta Public Schools for years.
The 90-page indictment says Hall put pressure on subordinates to reach goals on standardized tests. “APS principals and teachers were frequently told by Beverly Hall and her subordinates that excuses for not meeting targets would not be tolerated.
Also named in the indictment were Milicent Few, head of human resources; Tamara Cotman, area director; Christopher Waller, principal of Parks Middle School where seven educators confessed to cheating, and five others were implicated.
We would all like this to be over. But the kids aren’t going to get those years of school back. At least this should begin to hold some accountable while showing to others who think they need to game the system that there are consequences bigger than a bad performance review.