Cheating Teachers Lose Appeal In State Testing Scandal

Some teachers in Atlanta were found guilty in a case that involved cheating on standardized tests. The educators appealed their convictions but lost.

The sad thing here is that it’s the children who were really cheated.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

Educators lose appeal in Atlanta test-cheating case

Two educators who were convicted for their roles in the Atlanta test-cheating conspiracy failed to reverse their convictions on appeal.

The Georgia Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the convictions of Tamara Cotman and Angela Williamson will stand.

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Both contended that the trial court erred in its instruction to jurors about conviction under racketeering law.

“We disagree that this instruction constituted error,” the judges wrote in their opinion released Friday.

The pair are among the dozen Atlanta Public Schools teachers and administrators who went to trial over allegations of widespread cheating on standardized tests. They and nine others were convicted. Others planned appeals in Fulton County Superior Court; these two were the only ones who went directly to the appeals court.

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Cotman’s attorney argued in May that she should get a new trial because the judge gave jurors too much latitude in reaching their verdict.

“He was adding a new offense that was not part of the jury form,” lawyer Ben Davis told an appeals court panel.

These folks probably won’t be teaching ever again. That’s not a bad thing.



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