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APS educators try to surrender Monday, paperwork holds them up

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Paperwork is holding up Atlanta Public Schools educators who are set to turn themselves in to Fulton County Jail this week.

Attorney Gerald Griggs, who represents two Atlanta teachers accused in one of the nation's largest test-cheating scandals, said the jail has not yet received warrant information from the District Attorney's office.

A spokeswoman for the DA's office said paperwork was filed when CBS Atlanta News spoke to her at 5 p.m. on Monday.

"I believe there is a lot of confusion. We came to turn our clients in," Griggs said. "The jail indicated there's been some snafu with the paperwork, so we will continue to make contact with the jail to facilitate the turn-in. Hopefully this will be resolved very soon."

Griggs represents Parks Middle School teacher Starlette Mitchell and Dobbs Elementary School teacher Angela Williamson. He said his clients want to get this part of the process done with quickly.

"Considering how big the case is, it was our expectation that we would be able to turn ourselves in and be heard as soon as possible," Griggs said.

All 35 defendants named in an indictment are required to surrender at the Fulton County Jail by Tuesday.

A judge is expected to set bond for all of the defendants, including former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall. It was unclear when Hall would turn herself in.

A bonding company confirmed to CBS Atlanta News on Saturday that a grand jury recommended Hall's bond be set to $7.5 million.

Hall faces charges including racketeering, making false statements and theft. Prosecutors said some bonuses she received were tied to falsified scores on standardized tests. Hall's lawyer Richard Deane said he believed she was innocent Saturday to CBS Atlanta News.

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