Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue testified Monday in the first trial connected to Atlanta’s standardized test cheating scandal that school system employees “stonewalled” investigations.
Perdue, who ordered a state investigation of scores that appeared too good to be true, said he asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in 2010 to assist with the probe because previous efforts had come up empty.
He said his impression was that Atlanta Public School employees thought, “If we hunker down, things will just blow over.”
Perdue, who left office in 2011, was a witness in the trial of Tamara Cotman, a former area director for Atlanta Public Schools who is charged with influencing a witness.