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.
The first defendant connected to Atlanta's school cheating scandal has been found not guilty on a single count of influencing a witness. The verdict from the Fulton County Superior Court jury came late Friday morning.
Tamara Cotman was a school administrator who oversaw 21 schools in Atlanta. She and 33 others still face charges of racketeering.
The acquittal comes after a three-week trial as prosecutors are still preparing for the racketeering cases.
The prosecution continued to lay out the details as to why the state had to conduct an investigation in the first place.
The first person on the stand was former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue.
Becoming emotional, Purdue testified as to why he signed an executive order to pursue the cheating. Perdue was asked if there was a political agenda involved as to why he kept pushing for an investigation.
The former Republican governor said no and even lost friendships over it.
Former executive director of the Governors Office of Student Achievement, Kathleen Mathers points out the schools in Tamara Cotman's region that had a high wrong to right erasure percentage on the 2009 CRCT.
Those are the four e’s Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis says are important for the district to improve and continue its quest to transform children into college and career ready citizens.
WABE’s Rose Scott reports that was the tone of the annual APS state of the schools address.
Davis told the audience of educators, business leaders and political figures that APS recognizes what it needs to do to improve.
But, he also took the time to point out the successes.
Standing 11 stories high on 56-acres of property, the new North Atlanta High School along Cobb Parkway starts school today. Costing $147 million, the school is Georgia’s most expensive high school to date.