Indictments against APS teachers, administrators could come this week


Most of the 180 Atlanta Public Schools teachers and administrators charged with cheating on the 2009 CRCT have already had their district-led tribunal hearings to see if they can come back to the classrooms to teach.

About 25 of those teachers could now be slapped with criminal charges this week.

For now, whether or not they'll be indicted is in the hands of a grand jury.

Attorney Bob Rubin, who represented seven APS principals during the CRCT tribunal hearings, said he got word from the Fulton County District Attorney's Office that two, possibly three, of his clients could be named in an indictment that could come forward as soon as Wednesday.

"I initiated the phone call to the Fulton County District Attorney's Office and spoke to an assistant district attorney and just asked where they were in their investigation," Rubin said.

Rubin maintained his clients' innocence and said he doesn't know what new evidence the DA's office may have.

Another entity waiting to see who the possible indictment names and what evidence prosecutors have - The Georgia Professional Standards Commission - which oversees the teacher and administrator licenses for the state.

The PSC has about 185 teacher and administrators' cases it has looked at and has already decided to give 100 of those people two-year suspensions, revoke licenses for 44 people, gave nine people shorter suspensions and didn't find enough evidence to reprimand six others.

The commission is still waiting to make a decision on 26 others, who they believe could be slapped with criminal charges.

PSC Director of Educator Ethics Paul Shaw said he hopes to see what evidence the district attorney has which could help the PSC in its own investigations.

"I think it's good that we both be on the same wavelength and have the same evidence so that we can make a decision based on the same things that we're looking at," said Shaw.

Rubin said it's still up in the air whether or not former APS superintendent Beverly Hall could be indicted.

"That's the $64,000 question," Rubin said. "I don't know. I don't know if there's anything against Dr. Hall sufficient to bring it to a grand jury."

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