The first of the 35 educators indicted in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal turned herself in to authorities early Tuesday.
Tameka Goodson, a school improvement specialist at Kennedy Middle School, turned herself in around 12:30 a.m. and was booked into the Fulton County Jail on $200,000 bond, according to jail records. Goodson is charged with racketeering and false statements and writings.
At least two former teachers indicted last Friday were ready to turn themselves in Monday, but they couldn’t because the warrants needed to take defendants into custody weren’t ready.
The Fulton County district attorney’s office said the paperwork had been delivered to the Clerk of the Superior Court, and neither gave an explanation for why the process was taking so long.
The defendants had been given a deadline fo Tuesdsay to surrender.
Defense attorneys believed their clients could turn themselves in at any time as long as they met the deadline. But a spokeswoman for Fulton District Attorney Paul Howard said the defendants were to surrender “ON Tuesday” and not before.
The 35 defendants are supposed to turn themselves in at the Fulton County Jail on Tuesday.
Their bonds will be set. Some have already made arrangements and should be released without having to stay in a cell.
Judge Jerry Baxter will determine when they need to make their first appearances before him.