Former Atlanta Superintendent Indicted in Testing Scandal

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

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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