Whistle-blower revealed in cheating case | www.myajc.com

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Whistle-blower revealed in cheating case | www.myajc.com

The former principal at North Atlanta High School revealed in court Tuesday he was the one who exposed how an Atlanta Public Schools administrator allegedly planned to tell investigators looking into cheating to “go to hell.”

Mark MyGrant took the stand for the prosecution in the trial of former regional schools director Tamara Cotman, who’s accused of influencing a witness during the investigation of widespread cheating in the school system.

Prosecutors claim Cotman retaliated and demoted another principal, Jimmye Hawkins, who Cotman thought blew the whistle. But MyGrant said he reported that Cotman instructed principals to snub GBI agents who were looking into suspiciously high standardized test scores.

Cotman handed out memos with the heading “Go to Hell” during a meeting with 12 principals whose schools were being investigated, and she directed each principal to write a memo to the GBI, prosecutors allege.

MyGrant said he wasn’t at that Nov. 17, 2010, meeting but Hawkins and two other principals who were there told him about what allegedly occurred.

“I thought it was the right thing to do ethically, professionally,” MyGrant said. “I had concerns about the legality of it.”

MyGrant said he sent his letter to then-Superintendent Beverly Hall, her chief of staff and members of the school board. He said he didn’t sign his name because he feared retaliation and losing his job when he was one year away from retirement.

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