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Tears, surprise admissions in APS cheating trial

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Testimony continued Monday morning for an administrator charged in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal.

Tamara Cotman was one of the higher ups in the Atlanta School District.

According to the prosecutor, Cotman instructed principals to read memos to Georgia Bureau of Investigations officials telling them to "go to hell." She's also accused of retaliating against one principal, demoting her for cooperating with authorities.

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue testified Monday. Perdue became emotional and cried on the witness stand as he spoke about APS students being cheated.

"The truth is these kids only get one shot, elementary school, they only get one shot. I don't care if they are being cheated on their behalf, they are being cheated," said Perdue.

GBI Director Vernon Keenan also testified.

"One of the obstacles we faced during the investigation was a widespread code of silence," said Keenan. "Teacher and administrators who did not want to talk to the GBI about what they knew."

Cotman is being tried separately because her attorney requested a speedy trial.

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