Former Atlanta educators convicted in cheating scandal

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A group of former Atlanta educators, including teachers, testing coordinators and administrators, were convicted by a jury Wednesday.  Charged with racketeering in arguably the largest cheating scandal in U.S. history, 11 of 12 defendants were found guilty and could face up to 20 years in prison.

The other defendant was found not guilty on all charges. Also indicted was former Atlanta Superintendent Beverly Hall, whose case was postponed for medical reasons. Hall recently lost her battle with breast cancer.

The defendants were accused of giving answers to students, changing answers and falsely certifying tests. A grand jury indictment from March 2013 lists 35 educators, but many of them made plea agreements.

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