ATLANTA (AP) — A group of former Atlanta educators convicted in a test cheating scandal are locked up in Fulton County jails Thursday as they await sentences next week that could send them to prison for years.
In one of the nation's largest cheating scandals of its kind, the defendants were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their roles in a scheme to inflate students' scores on standardized exams.
They include teachers, a principal and other administrators, who were accused of falsifying test results to collect bonuses or keep their jobs in the 50,000-student Atlanta public school system. A 12th defendant, a teacher, was acquitted of all charges by the jury.
The racketeering charges carry up to 20 years in prison. Most of the defendants will be sentenced April 8.
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(Photo: AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson, Pool)