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The Atlanta cheating scandal has now come to a close, after a judge handed down his sentences yesterday. As some called for leniency, the judge did quite the opposite for those who had a bigger hand in the scandal. But there were those who were offered deals.

Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter sentenced a total of 12 to prison time ranging from 20 years to only house arrest.

The following were the sentences handed down:

* Donald Bullock was first. Witnesses testified that Bullock urged them to change test answers, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The former testing coordinator was ordered to serve five years probation, six months of weekends behind bars, pay a $5,000 fine and perform 1,500 hours of community service. As part of his deal, Bullock agreed to waive his right to appeal.

* Angela Williamson, a former teacher, was ordered to serve two years in prison. She was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and perform 1,500 hours of community service.

* Pamela Cleveland, a former teacher, was ordered to serve one year home confinement, pay a $1,000 fine and perform 1,000 hours of community service. “I am guilty of the charges against me,” Cleveland said in court.

* Michael Pitts, a former schools executive, was accused of telling teachers to cheat and then telling them not to talk to Georgia Bureau of Investigators who were looking into the scandal. He was ordered to serve seven years in prison, perform 2,000 hours of community service and pay a $25,000 fine.

* Tamara Cotman, a former schools administrator, was ordered to serve seven years in prison, pay a $25,000 fine and perform 2000 hours of community service.

* Dana Evans, a former principal, was ordered to serve one year and perform 1,000 hours of community service.

*Tabeeka Jordan, former assistant principal, was ordered to serve two years in prison, perform 1,500 hours of community service and pay $5,000 fine

* Theresia Copeland, a former test coordinator, was ordered to serve one year in prison, perform 1,000 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine.

* Diane Buckner-Webb, a former teacher, was ordered to serve one year in prison, perform 1,000 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine.

“This is not a victimless crime that occurred,” Baxter pointed out. “These kids were passed on and passed on. The only chance that they had was the school. There are victims in the jail, kids who I have sentenced.”

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  • Eduardo

    “Michael Pitts, a former schools executive, was accused of telling teachers to cheat and then telling them not to talk to Georgia Bureau of Investigators who were looking into the scandal. He was ordered to serve seven years in prison, perform 2,000 hours of community service and pay a $25,000 fine.”

    So he gets seven years, but an accessory to murder gets five years? Common sense is sorely needed.

    • vintage3000

      Agreed, the entire American justice system needs an overhaul but that will never happen.

  • Many assaulters receive less sentencing than these Atlanta teachers. I do believe
    that these teachers should be punished, but they received overboard sentences by the judge. Also, a great point is to be made too. The situation in Atlanta has occurred nationwide too. This current educational crisis has been a product of a decades long policies of massive high stakes testing, economic inequality, and other regressive policies. These brutal sentences will never solve our educational problems. I do believe that the convicted teachers should not teach another child in a school forever, but the judgments are too harsh. In Atlanta and in other places, poorer communities have seen jobs slashed, wages stagnated, and resources restricted (as compared to richer communities with modernized digital technology, massive investments, and other resources). We deal with massive classism in American society. Dessa Curb was the only person acquitted in the case. I believe that many teachers convicted will appeal. Many police officers get away with murder literally too. So, we know about the double standards in the criminal injustice system.

  • CoolChic

    Seven years!!!! That is absurb!!!