Former Atlanta Superintendent Indicted in Testing Scandal

Beverly L. Hall and other educators were arrested Friday for tampering with scores.

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Beverly L. Hall in 2011 farewell retirement video to Atlanta staff (Atlanta Public Schools)

Beverly L. Hall, a retired Atlanta superintendent, was among a group of educators indicted on Friday as part of a testing scandal, in which police say teachers were changing the test answers of their students, reports the New York Times.

In the two and a half years since, the state's investigation reached from Ms. Parks's third-grade classroom all the way to the district superintendent at the time, Beverly L. Hall, who was one of 35 Atlanta educators indicted Friday by a Fulton County grand jury.

Dr. Hall, who retired in 2011, was charged with racketeering, theft, influencing witnesses, conspiracy and making false statements. Prosecutors recommended a $7.5 million bond for her; she could face up to 45 years in prison.During the decade she led the district of 52,000 children, many of them poor and African-American, Atlanta students often outperformed wealthier suburban districts on state tests.

Those test scores brought her fame — in 2009, the American Association of School Administrators named her superintendent of the year and Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, hosted her at the White House.

And fortune — she earned more than $500,000 in performance bonuses while superintendent.

Read more at the New York Times.

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