Hour after hour, day after day last week, Tamara Cotman sat at the defense table as if she’d been sculpted into her chair. She hardly moved a muscle and kept facing straight ahead, not turning her head toward the many witnesses called to testify in the case against her.
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Because of reporting by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a state investigation in 2011 found that 185 teachers and administrators in Atlanta Public Schools cheated on the CRCT at 44 schools. Nearly two years later, 35 teachers were indicted on conspiracy charges. Former area director Tamara Cotman is the first of those 35 educators to face trial.
Read our special coverage on “Cheating Our Children” — the investigation and the aftermath. Watch a teacher testify that she was pressured to cheat on tests, and see former Gov. Sonny Perdue on the witness stand at MyAJC.com.