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APS investigator tells jurors Hall more interested in eating than cheating report

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Reginald Dukes was an independent investigator Atlanta Public Schools hired in 2005 to look into allegations of cheating at Parks Middle School.

Dukes told jurors former Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall was more interested in her chicken and salad than his final report.

"I told her that he [Christopher Waller] cheated on the writing assessment and made plans to cheat on 2006 CRCT. Dr. Hall and Mr. Pitts heard that," said Dukes

On Monday Dukes testified in the racketeering trial against former APS Executive Director Michael Pitts and 11 other former APS educators.

They along with Hall are accused of cheating on the CRCT. Hall's trial is delayed because of her health.

Dukes told jurors during his 6-month investigation, he interviewed about 25 people which also included students. He presented his findings to Hall and Pitts afterwards.

Dukes said he discovered Waller orchestrated cheating on tests when he was the principal at Parks Middle School.

Dukes said Hall and Pitts did not seem surprised when he told them.

"The only questions Hall asked me is if I had any more evidence," said Dukes.

Waller was one of the original APS educators charged with cheating. He pleaded guilty in February and agreed to help prosecutors.

Dukes told jurors after he uncovered cheating in APS, the district never hired him again and three years passed before he was paid for that investigation.

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