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Atlanta school administrator does not testify in trial

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A former Atlanta Public Schools administrator did not take the stand Wednesday to defend herself against a charge of influencing a witness during the state's investigation into widespread cheating on standardized tests.

Tamara Cotman is accused of distributing a "go to hell" memo to principals, urging them not to talk to detectives from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Prosecutors said she demoted a principal for cooperating with authorities.

As an area director for the school district, Cotman oversaw 21 elementary and middle schools. Fifteen of them were flagged for having extremely high numbers of wrong-to-right erasures on the 2009 CRCT.

On Tuesday, three principals testified for the defense, saying Cotman did not instruct them to tell investigators to go to hell. They said she used the memos as a "stress relief" exercise.

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