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APS cheating scandal hearing continues, Gov. Perdue expected to testify

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

The trial of 12 Atlanta Public Schools educators, accused of cheating on CRCT tests, continued Wednesday with a second straight day of testimony for one witness.

Kathleen Mathers, the former director of the Governor's Office for Student Achievement under Gov. Sonny Perdue, wrapped up her 15th hour of testimony late Wednesday afternoon.

Mathers was a key figure during the investigation of erasure marks on the CRCT tests in 2009.

Those marks are essential pieces of evidence connecting teachers and administrators to the charges that they changed answers on their students tests, in order to help get the school a better overall test score rating.

"We had a singular approach to looking at unusual gains and drops in (scores) in 2008-2009, and that was through erasure analysis," said Mathers, while under cross examination.

During the morning portion of testimony, a phone call between Mathers and a former superintendent was played in court, showing that Mathers may have been bullied for her role in the investigation.

"You made a huge mistake," James Wilson said to Mathers during the conversation.

Wilson was hired by Dougherty County as a consultant during the cheating investigation. He was also heard during the phone call referring to Mathers' actions as "Gestapo tactics."

Former Governor Sonny Perdue is expected to take the stand to testify on Monday, according to the prosecution.

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