ATLANTA — More than a year after 35 Atlanta Public Schools educators were indicted in a school cheating scandal that rocked the system, 12 people are set to go to trial today.
The former administrators, principals, testing coordinators and teachers all face racketeering charges. Individual charges include influencing witnesses and lying to state investigators.
Prosecutors have said that more than 30 educators participated in a conspiracy to cheat on standardized tests dating back to 2005, motivated by pressure to meet federal and APS standards and receive bonuses or keep their jobs.
Prosecutors have agreed to plea deals with 21 defendants also included in the initial indictment, and several could testify against their former colleagues. Prosecutors expect jury selection to take two to four weeks and the entire trial to last from four to six months.