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Former Gov. Sonny Perdue takes stand in APS cheating trial

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Former Gov. Sonny Perdue took the stand Monday during the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial.

Perdue's testimony is critical in this case as he oversaw the state's investigation into the scandal in 2010.

Twelve teachers and administrators are on trial now, accused of changing answers on students tests, to help their schools show improvement in test scores.

The state conducted a complete analysis of erasure marks on the tests and Perdue said they found Dougherty County and Atlanta Public Schools systems had by far the highest number of severe erasure marks.

Perdue talked about how clear it was to him that many students' answers had been changed from wrong to right.

"It frankly didn't take a statistician to see something was vastly wrong with the data, the numbers, and the right to wrong erasures. And they were concentrated in a few systems, and a few schools that made up those systems," said Perdue.

Also Monday, Henry County Police confirmed they received a report last month of another witness in the case receiving a phone call of a harassing nature, from an unknown phone number.  The person who filed the complaint had already testified in the case, and was warned by the unknown called to stay away from the case in the future.

Henry County Police said they are investigating.

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