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Trial begins for Atlanta teachers accused of inflating test scores
Trial begins for Atlanta teachers accused of inflating test scores

One of the largest and most scrutinized academic misconduct trials in U.S. history opened here Monday with prosecutors accusing 12 former schoolteachers and administrators of cheating, lying and stealing as part of a criminal conspiracy to boost students’ test scores. Defense attorneys countered that the former Atlanta public school employees were dedicated educators who were innocent of all charges. Several suggested the defendants were maligned by former school district colleagues with personal vendettas. The educators — five elementary school teachers, two testing coordinators, an assistant principal, a principal, and three superintendents — sat stiffly in the Fulton...

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