The book that lay on Beverly Hall’s desk through years of acclaim and reproach at the Atlanta Public Schools contained neither business-school bromides nor educational platitudes.
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The legal cases against the 35 indicted in connection with allegations of cheating to up overall scores of students in Atlanta’s public schools has only begun. Several things will happen in the next few days and then the pace of each case is unpredictable.
1. Each defendant has until Tuesday to surrender at the Fulton County Jail, where they will be fingerprinted. Their mug shots will be taken. And they will be considered “booked” into the jail.
2. Some may then have to go through a medical screening if intake officers determine they are unlikely to post bond that day. Those people will have to trade their street clothes for a jail uniform. The others will not if it is likely they will be released on bond before the day is out.
3. Next is an initial appearance before a magistrate in a courtroom at the jail. That could come as quickly as a few hours after surrender or it could be the next day.
4. Those who can post bond will be released. Those who cannot post bond will be held until they do.
5. Once the case is assigned to a judge, a series of court appearances and filings will follow until there is a trial, a plea is entered or charges are dismissed.
Beverly Hall and her inner circle
Superintendent for 12 years until her retirement in 2011. She came to Atlanta in 1999 after serving as superintendent of Newark, N.J., schools. Indicted. Charges: racketeering, false statements and writings, theft by taking, false swearing.
Deputy superintendent for instruction. Worked with Hall in the Newark as assistant superintendent of high schools before Hall brought her to APS as a consultant. Became Hall’s top deputy within a year. The special state investigative report accused her of concealing evidence of cheating and making false statements. Augustine is not facing charges.
Chief human resources officer. Resigned in 2011 after state report accused her of ordering destruction of documents relating to cheating. After leaving APS, she took a job as a consultant to Bridgeport, Conn., schools and was let go after two days when the board there learned of her work in Atlanta. Charges: racketeering, false swearing.
Joined APS in 1996 and was Hall’s chief of staff for about 10 years beginning in 2001. She was interim general counsel for Hall’s replacement, Erroll Davis, and left for a post in Michigan, her home state, earlier this year. Pitts was not implicated in the state investigators’ report and is not facing charges.
Four executive directors of “school reform teams” reported to Augustine. Three were indicted:
Executive director of School Reform Team 1. She had been an assistant to the superintendent in Gary, Ind. When Hall hired her in 2004. The indictment accuses her of trying to conceal evidence of test cheating. Charges: racketeering, false statements and writing, false statements.
Executive director of School Reform Team 2. Arrived early in Hall’s tenure and previously worked as a principal in Memphis City Schools. Indictment accuses him of intimidating staff members at a middle school to keep them from giving information to investigators. Charges: racketeering, influencing witnesses.
Executive director of School Reform Team 4. Was assistant superintendent at Wichita, Kan., schools. Hired by Hall in 2004. Indictment accuses her of intimidating principals under her supervision to keep them from giving information to investigators. Charges: Racketeering, influencing witnesses.