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Recommended bond for former APS head: $7.5 million

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The head of an Atlanta bonding company told CBS Atlanta that Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard recommended setting bond for former Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Beverly Hall at $7.5 million dollars.

The company's head said it was an unusual amount. Hall's attorney Richard H. Deane, Jr. had no comment on the bond, but maintained her innocence.

While Deane was tight-lipped Saturday, CBS Atlanta does have exclusive interviews with several of the other 34 APS educators who were indicted.

Former Gideons Elementary School Principal Armstead Salters told CBS Atlanta, nearly two years before being indicted, that he always worked hard with the children at his school.

"I didn't do anything wrong," Salters said. "I think in time you'll find out that I didn't do anything wrong."

CBS Atlanta has consistently been one of the only stations in Atlanta covering district-led tribunal hearings for the nearly 180 teachers and administrators who were implicated in cheating scandal.

One of those hearings was for Dobbs Elementary School math teacher Derrick Broadwater.

"I never cheated on the CRCT," Broadwater said at his 2012 hearing.

Broadwater's attorney also called to the stand Juantavious Monroe, a student who took the CRCT under Broadwater's supervision in 2009, the year the Governor's Office of Student Achievement found a highly unusual amount of corrected answers in schools like Dobbs Elementary. Monroe said Broadwater never gave students answers or prompted them during the test.

"My opinion is probably the most important because I'm the student, I was in the class at that time when we were taking the CRCT test," Monroe said.

CBS Atlanta was also present at the hearing for Tabeeka Jordan, the assistant principal at Deerwood Academy, who was accused of being in the same room as teachers who were correcting students' answers on CRCT answer sheets. She told a tribunal in 2012 that she didn't know of any cheating.

"If I had known back then that they were cheating, I certainly would have told because that could have gotten me out of Deerwood Academy," Jordan said.

One testing coordinator named Donald Bullock, whose job it was to make sure Usher-Collier Heights' CRCT exam administration followed protocol, also denied knowing about cheating to Atlanta Public Schools attorney Erick Burroughs.

"If you strictly followed procedures and enforced those procedures teachers wouldn't have had time to cheat, would they?" Burroughs asked.

Those 35 defendants are expected to turn themselves into Fulton County Jail by Tuesday, according to one of their attorneys.

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