A former Georgia Supreme Court Justice said a Fulton County judge “stepped over the line” in an interview with an Atlanta high school newspaper.
Former Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears, now back in private practice, said in an interview on “A Closer Look” that most judges are “loath to talk to members of the media” because “most are fairly suspicious.”
Ward Sears said that’s what made Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter’s interview with Grady High School’s newspaper so surprising.
Prosecutors Fani Willis and Clint Rucker speak during a news conference following sentencing for 10 of the 11 defendants convicted in the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating trial. The appeals process for the eight defendants who didn't take plea deals could still take years.
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Kathleen Mathers, the former executive director of the Governor's Office of Student Achievement, continues her third day of testimony in the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating trial in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014.
While the news of the verdicts in the APS cheating trial are making headlines, "A Closer Look" turned back to the state agency that sounded the alarm on cheating in Atlanta Schools system.
In 2009, Kathleen Mathers was the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. During the trial she showed the court specific schools that showed significant changes on the Criterion Reference Competency Test, or CRCT. Mathers testified that, after the school board's Blue Ribbon Commission failed to meet the state’s standard, the state began its own investigation.
Rose Scott is covering the trial of the 12 former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of a conspiracy to raise school scores by changing the answers on student tests. The trial enters its second day of testimony today.
Here are Rose's tweets from the morning of Tuesday, September 30. They are arranged in chronological order.
The Atlanta Public School Board could soon vote on whether to develop a compact between traditional and charter schools in the district. The recommendation comes from a charter school task force for the board, which met Wednesday.
Task force members say the compact will allow the district to help bridge the divide between charter and traditional schools. School Board member Byron Amos chairs the task force.
TWEETS FROM THE COURTROOM: After a hearing where he heard competing views of Dr. Beverly Hall's health, Judge Jerry Baxter ruled that he will delay the trial of Dr. Hall until August because of her health.
Dr. Hall's oncologist, Dr. Laura Weakland of Georgia Cancer Specialists, testified about Dr. Hall's health at the request of Judge Baxter. Dr. Hall has been diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer, and her lawyers had requested a delay of her trial.
On March 27, 2014, Dr. Meria Carstarphen was named the sole finalist for the job of Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent.
For the past five years, Carstarphen has headed the Austin Independent School District in Texas. To find out how she did there, WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with Kate McGee, an education reporter who covered Carstarphen for NPR station KUT in Austin.
Late this afternoon, the Atlanta Board of Education introduced the lone finalist for the position of Atlanta Public School superintendent at a press conference at Hope Hill Elementary School.
She is Dr. Meria Joel Carstaphen and is currently the superintendent of the Austin (Texas) Independent School District. Dr. Carstaphen (pronounced car-STAR-fin) is a native of Selma, Alabama, who joined the Austin school system in 2009 as both its first African-American superintendent and its first female superintendent.
On Monday, Millicent Few, the former human resources director of the Atlanta Public Schools, agreed to a plea deal with the Fulton County District attorney’s office.
"I just want to sincerely apologize to the citizens of Atlanta and specifically the students and their parents for my role in this matter. It’s taken a toll on my family, my support network and myself. I just want to apologize to them and I look forward to hopefully moving on with my life.”
Few has agreed to testify on behalf of the state in its case against former APS superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall.