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Former Atlanta principal accused of cheating

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LaPaul Shelton, who was the principal at Cook Elementary School, testified in his defense at an Atlanta Public Schools tribunal hearing.

He is accused of asking teachers to make a list of students who had academic and behavioral problems, and of taking those students to a separate area to be administered the 2009 CRCT.

APS attorney Broderick Harrell accused him of administering some tests himself, and then saying that the students were tested by their homeroom teacher.

"As much as 40 percent of classrooms were flagged for cheating," Harrell said. "The first and second grade classrooms had no flagged classrooms."

But Shelton's attorney, George Lawson, said the list of struggling students was made so that Shelton could personally tutor them.

"He thought he could make a difference by being more than just a school principal," Lawson said. "The evidence is going to show that Mr. Shelton was an excellent administrator. He's not a person who violates rules and regulations he enforces them."

Shelton was placed on administrative leave and would like his contract reinstated.

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