Ex-educators to begin prison time in Atlanta cheating case

ATLANTA (AP) — Two former educators convicted in a major test-cheating scandal in Atlanta say they plan to begin their prison sentences after they were convicted of racketeering.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Tamara Cotman and Angela Williamson will be the first to go to prison for participating in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating conspiracy. Several former teachers and administrators changed students’ answers on tests to get bonuses and raises based on the phony scores.

Cotman are Williamson were among 11 people convicted of racketeering in 2015. Both had remained free on bond during their appeals, but the U.S. Supreme Court last week announced that it wouldn’t review their case.

Cotman, a former school reform team executive director, was sentenced to three years in prison. Williamson, a former elementary school, teacher, is to serve two years.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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