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Judge in cheating scandal suspends former APS testing coordinator's probation

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Sheridan Rogers retired as the testing coordinator at Atlanta Public Schools Gideon Elementary. She was among the original 35 APS educators indicted in the cheating scandal.

Defense Attorney Bob Rubin drilled questions at Rogers while she was on the witness stand.

"After 40 years of teaching, it was that pressure and Mr. Salters causing you to--leading you astray?" asked Rubin.

"Yes," replied Rogers.

"Then tell the jury why it is in '02, '03, '04, '05, '06 and '07 you cheated?" stated Rubin.

"I had suspicions. I knew something was going on but I wasn't sure exactly and believe it or not that was part of the culture," said Rogers.

Rogers squealed on her principal Armstead Salters, who also entered a guilty plea. Salters worked under defendant Michael Pitts. Pitts was the executive director at the time.

"Did Mr. Salters ever tell the teachers directly to erase and change answers?" asked DeKalb County Prosecutor Clint Ruker.

"All I can say is that he[Salters] told me when the teachers come to me to give them the tests," said Rogers.

Rogers admitted to giving teachers the CRCT after students took the tests.

"You're the testing coordinator. How did they change the answers without your knowledge?" asked Rubin.

"They were in the room. Sir I don't know how they did it but they did it," said Rogers.

Prosecutors offered Rogers immunity, but when GBI agents questioned her, they said she lied to them.

"You couldn't do wrong right could you?" said defense attorney George Lawson.

"Um, I don't know what you mean by that," said Rogers.

"You had the opportunity to tell the truth-- commit a crime and walk away from it," said Lawson.

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