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Trial of 12 set to begin in Atlanta cheating case

By KATHLEEN FOODY
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - More than a year after 35 Atlanta Public Schools educators were indicted in a broad school cheating scandal, 12 people are set to go to trial Monday.

The former administrators, principals, testing coordinators and teachers all face racketeering charges. Individual charges include influencing witnesses and lying to state investigators.

Former superintendent Beverly Hall will not be among them. She has cancer, and a judge delayed her trial.

Legal experts still expect the trial to be lengthy and complex.

A 2011 state investigation found widespread cheating on annual state exams that were used to determine whether schools met the federal No Child Left Behind law, with ties to extra funding. Investigators reported cheating in 44 schools with nearly 180 educators involved.

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