Thirty-five defendants. Sixty-five counts. A 90-page indictment.
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Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter will preside over the criminal case against the 35 people charged in the Atlanta Public Schools test cheating case. Much of what’s next is unknown. But this much is certain.
- All 35 former Atlanta Public Schools administrators and educators were required to surrender Tuesday at Fulton County Jail, where their mug shots and fingerprints were taken and entered into the national criminal database.
- Many lawyers negotiated bonds to get their clients released. By Wednesday almost all were free on bond.
- The legal cases against the 35 will move forward, with Baxter likely breaking the defendants up to be tried in smaller groups.
The last of the 35 educators indicted in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal reported to jail, posted bond and were released Wednesday.
Eight defendants turned themselves in Wednesday, the day after Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard had asked them to appear at the Fulton County Jail.
“All APS personnel have met their obligation to surrender,” said Fulton County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan in an email.
Their bonds ranged from $10,000 to $100,000.
The former Atlanta school employees who reported to jail Wednesday were Human Resources Director Millicent Few, D.H. Stanton Elementary Principal Willie Davenport, Kennedy Middle School Principal Lucious Brown, Venetian Elementary Principal Clarietta Davis, Dobbs Elementary Principal Dana Evans, Dunbar Elementary testing coordinator Lera Middlebrooks, Dunbar Elementary teacher Diane Buckner Webb and Dunbar Elementary teacher Shani Robinson, according to online jail records.
— Mark Niesse, email@example.com