Here is the list of people indicted today in APS cheating scandal

The indictments handed down in the last hour by a Fulton County Grand Jury cite RICO conspiracy and individual acts including false swearings, theft by taking and influencing witnesses.

In the indictments, there was only one count of racketeering, which carries up to 20 years in prison. But the alleged acts of false statements and writings, influencing a witness, theft by taking were the underlying crimes that supported the racketeering charge. Out of 65 counts, one was racketeering, two were influencing a witness, five were theft by taking and the remaining counts concerned the crime of making false statements or writing.

Here is the list of indicted parties:

BEVERLY HALL, former APS school superintendent

MILLICENT FEW, human resources


TAMARA COTMAN (JOHNSON), area superintendent

MICHAEL PITTS, area superintendent

CHRISTOPHER WALLER, former principal at Parks Middle School


SANDRA WARD, Success For All coordinator at Parks Middle School



ARMSTEAD SALTERS, former principal at Gideons Elementary















LUCIOUS BROWN, former principal at Kennedy Middle School








WILLIE DAVENPORT, former principal at D.H. Stanton Elementary

FRANCIS MACK, testing coordinator at D.H. Stanton Elementary

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

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Pride and Joy

March 29th, 2013
6:14 pm

Get Schooled, please list the job titles of everyone when you can.

Pride and Joy

March 29th, 2013
6:16 pm

Only ONE count of racketeering?
Please explain.
Racketeering takes at least three people.

Pride and Joy

March 29th, 2013
6:18 pm

Racketeering is a charge that requires people to conspire with one another. How could there be only ONE count of racketeering?
If someone is indicted on conspiring they have to have someone to conspire with…

Pride and Joy

March 29th, 2013
6:20 pm

SANDRA WARD, Success For All coordinator at Parks Middle School.
Isn’t Success for All the same group that Cheryl Atkinson went to after leaving Dekalb county?


March 29th, 2013
6:32 pm

They should make Beverly Hall and all those that are found guilty either pay for those students to be tutored and/or taught from a private educational stand point. I don’t feel sorry for any of them for what they did to past and present students in the APS system. Does anyone know if anyone from Bethune Elementary had any teachers or staff on the indicted list? Sooooooooooooo,,,,,sad


March 29th, 2013
6:38 pm

Lucky for the accused that they will be tried by some of the worst prosecutors in the state. Couldn’t convict Ray Lewis’ gang of murders; couldn’t get death penalty against judge killer, Brian Nichols. That group could not have convicted Jack Ruby, who killed Lee Harvey Oswald on tv. Sure won’t be able to convict a group of all black defendants in Fulton County, even if they all confessed on television.


March 29th, 2013
6:40 pm

Several people can be charged in a single count of the indictment. Thus, for racketeering, they would be charged in one count, naming the predicate acts. Additional counts would involve either different combinations of people or different predicate acts.

The DEEP Pockets of Taxpayers

March 29th, 2013
6:41 pm

Hall’s not to old to go jail. Heck, I’m a senior citizen and if I steal a bag of chips….I get arrested and face the full wrath of the justice system.

In this instance we’re talking about multiple millions of state and federal dollars. And, please don’t even begin to think of the damage done the lives of children who needed remedial help but “Scored to HIgh” to receive special service.

We must have absolutely no sympathy!!!

Shame on them

March 29th, 2013
6:42 pm

Add “Fuller” to Millicent Few’s name. I think that’s her.

Now what’s going to happen? I hope the Ful Co DA’s office can win this one and send all the guilty to prison (lexi…you raise a good point).

Rick L in ATL

March 29th, 2013
6:46 pm

@lexi: jury nullification can undo the work of any prosecutor. All you have to do is find one ignorant juror who believes “only god can judge” and your ironclad murder case goes out the window. Should be less of a problem in this case, but you never know.

Rick L in ATL

March 29th, 2013
6:50 pm

Wow, front page of the NYT online. Interesting, because they had two reporters go to great lengths to portray Bev Hall as a hardworking, talented superintendent unfairly targeted by a mob of parents. One of those reporters told me later (after I had emailed her to criticize her poor judgment) that she got more backlash from writing her pro-Hall story than from any other story she ever handed in, and she soon thereafter went on a leave of absence. “The truth will out,” so the saying goes. Maybe so.

Pride and Joy

March 29th, 2013
7:01 pm

Thank you, Todd.

Pride and Joy

March 29th, 2013
7:02 pm

lexi3 you make a good point. The trial should be moved outside the county.

Old timer

March 29th, 2013
7:03 pm

Lexi3….too true…they will never be convicted and Howard violated two children’s rights by talking about them on tv…..he is an idiot.

The Parent Advocate

March 29th, 2013
7:25 pm

Unfortunately, indictments do not always lead to convictions. They are still innocent until proven guilty. The problem with that is that while we have been chasing them, noone has really done anything to really address the academic need of the more than 6,000 identified in the 2009 CRCT cheating scandal. I did not see an indictment for the then Board Chair LaChandra Butler Burks, and vice-chair Cecily Harsch-Kinnane, and the other Board members that also conspired with Hall and the Chamber to cover up the first allegations of cheating. They have walked away including Ms. Burks’ new job in city hall with The Centers of Hope what an irony and a slap in the face of Atlanta’s children. What will the citizens of Atlanta do to save children? Will we allow this same mentality and culture continue to exist or will we say enough is enough? These black children who were cheated becomes all of our issues and all of us should hold this system accountable to ensure those children get the care and support they deserve!

Top School

March 29th, 2013
7:38 pm

Yes, racketeering with Tamera Cottman, Millicent Few, Beverly Hall, and Kathy Augustine. And one of the racketeers is still employed with Atlanta Public Schools. Current APS officials have full knowledge of the northside administrator involved in racketeering and fraud. ALL has not been exposed. And the beat goes on…


March 29th, 2013
8:30 pm

Any white people indicted, or was it only blacks screwing their own?


March 29th, 2013
9:16 pm

Is Beverly Hall receiving a pension for her outstanding service to APS? If so, how much? Can this be rescinded if/when she is convicted?

Another Voice

March 29th, 2013
9:17 pm

Augustine is not on the list? Perhaps there are more indictments to come?


March 29th, 2013
9:20 pm

SHARON DAVIS WILLIAMS, former Executive Director (area superintendent)


March 29th, 2013
9:27 pm

@Pride & Joy: Read the original indictment she is not the only one being charged with the RICO act.

Pride and Joy

March 29th, 2013
9:42 pm

Thanks, LB. Todd clued me in. Several people can be listed in one RICO indictment.
One RICO charge can accomodate several people.

Still smiling.


March 29th, 2013
9:45 pm

I am so sad, to see the name of ARMSTEAD SALTERS, former principal at Gideons Elementary. I have always known Him to be a Man of Great Integrity and Honor. Despite the hearing of this news, I will always remember Him as a Leader and a positive role model for many Thousands of young African American Males throughout the City Of Atlanta.
Mr. Salters has been one of the foremost unsung heroes of this City.
This Man, is one of the VERY GOOD ONES of this Community. If, You ever have the chance to encounter him in your Life. You would always remember him, as one of the very special ones.

Today, is a very Sad Day ….Indeed!

Thinking Of you today …..Mr. Salters Thank-YOU!

Pride and Joy

March 29th, 2013
9:52 pm

Dessa Curb: Former teacher at Dobbs Elementary School, charged with racketeering, two counts of making false statements and writings.

happy day

March 29th, 2013
10:04 pm

I know they will probably never serve jail time; but it still puts a smile on my face. Now those school officials throughout the state that push “data driven” results better think twice before they call the next teacher in about test scores. Now, teachers know to push back; a school district can not fire its way to better test scores.

Pride and Joy

March 29th, 2013
10:16 pm

Ingrid Abella-Sly: A former Humphries Elementary teacher, is charged with racketeering for “falsifying” student answer sheets on the 2009 CRCT and making false statements to a GBI agent. Abella-Sly, an Asian, is also charged with theft by taking for accepting bonus money based on phony test scores


March 29th, 2013
11:12 pm

Egg-on-face day for Sam Williams and Chamber types who mistook Hall for the 2nd coming

Truth in Moderation

March 29th, 2013
11:19 pm

This is indeed, Good Friday. Let the guilty be brought to justice!

My home schoolers memorize a passage from the Bible each week. They must recite it from memory with good diction and public speaking skills, and they must WRITE it from memory without any SPELLING OR PUNCTUATION errors. Here is last week’s passage:

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 2Timothy 3:1-5,12


March 29th, 2013
11:27 pm

Every job has ahem should I call them numbers or productivity of course the bar that is set is always out of achievement or you have to be perfect to make your numbers most people cut corners on every job to achieve numbers unfortunately being a teacher if you cut corners you are cheating the kids but at the same time being a teacher if you didn’t cheat and failed your numbers you got fired and your family couldn’t eat there are no winners in this Ms.Hall don’t know her so can’t form a opinion but the teachers in the class and implicated have a hard job hands down

Pride and Joy

March 30th, 2013
7:00 am

Rod says that if teachers didn’t make their numbers they got fired.
Not true.
Teachers rarely ever get fired and only 1 percent of all teachers ever get a less than satisfactory evaluation.
It takes having sex with kids to get a teacher fired and that is the problem.

Tom Dunn

March 30th, 2013
8:54 am

As a former civil rights and criminal defense attorney and a current APS teacher, I have one modest proposal: Let us not make this another obstacle to student learning in APS. There are many students, teachers, staff, principals, and adminstrators that are working hard to improve student performance and to prepare them to be contributing and successful citizens. Let the justice system deal with this indictment, but let us continue to focus on the good that is being accomplished in spite of this scandal.


March 30th, 2013
9:27 am

Can anyone post the actual schools that this is affecting? We are just about to transfer to the area and have not yet picked our home. I would love to not be involved with these schools!!

Truth in Moderation

March 30th, 2013
9:54 am

Your best options are to home school or move to Gwinnett County.

Truth in Moderation

March 30th, 2013
9:58 am

@Tom Dunn
I’ve never heard of someone leaving a law practice to become a public school teacher. What was your motivation?


March 30th, 2013
10:00 am

I have not read everything, but it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that APS is responsible for the cost of their legal defense! Just like dekalb is paying millions to defend those scum bags stealing from us. Taxpayers of APS should be demanding the bonus $ payed to these criminals be returned.


March 30th, 2013
10:18 am

There were years during her tenure that Superintendent Hall made more in annual compensation than the President of the United States. Go figure.

Formula: BH=NCLB

March 30th, 2013
11:02 am




March 30th, 2013
11:32 am

I do not know any details about any of these people, but let me say this: teachers have no protection in Georgia against harassment from administrators. There is no union to stand by them if an admin threatens their job if they do not comply. Many teachers NEED their job and feel trapped. I have never personally been placed in this position, but I have seen it. I know when I turn in my tests to the counselors, that is the last time I see them. I have no idea what happens to them after they leave my hands. I saw that some admins indicted had threatened people who wouldn’t comply and punished whistleblowers. This in and of itself would scare enough tecahers to back down. Many schools in Georgia have this kind of environment, schools dripping with a culture of fear. Teachers know they have no protection, the “tenure” we have is a joke. I have seen good people lose their jobs simply because they disagreed with an admins education ideology.

If these teachers willingly did this, they deserve to lose their jobs, but in the end, it’s the school’s testing coordinators and admins that have the power of the tests. They set the culture and they have power….that is very important to some people in education…..having power over others.

Pat and Mike

March 30th, 2013
12:00 pm

We recommend that you look at north DeKalb County. The schools there — the Chamblee Cluster schools feed into Chamblee Charter High School which is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence — and the Dunwoody Cluster — are still very good schools. Those areas are taking steps to remove themselves from the corrupt and failing DeKalb County School System and create city-based school districts. Both of those school clusters rely on parent involvement, so you would need to be willing to do your share. But, you can live close-in (inside I-285 North), also known as “ITP” (inside the Perimeter) and have a choice of excellent K-12 public schools. All the “dirty laundry” of DeKalb County School System is hung out on But, things are changing, for the better as city-based school districts become closer to reality.

Wondering Allowed

March 30th, 2013
12:14 pm

@Truth in Moderation – As a former attorney and a graduate of an Atlanta law school, I can tell you it’s not all that uncommon for someone to practice law for several years, save up enough money to be financially comfortable and go on to teach school as a second career. There is less stress, shorter hours and more personal fulfillment in teaching. I graduated law school 20+ years ago, and every year I hear of more and more classmates leaving law, with many of them going on to teach.


March 30th, 2013
12:49 pm

And if Bev Hall were white the NAACP would be all over this. Disgusting double standards.

Where is Kathy

March 30th, 2013
1:00 pm

Kathy Augustine


March 30th, 2013
1:03 pm

Dr. Augustine must have turned over evidence for the state, and got a ‘pass’ for having done so. Will be shocked if some of the lower level ‘35′ didn’t do the same thing to save their own hide.

What is the word on Augustine?

Can see Hall, and others at the top, planting some vegatables on a nice prison farm over the next 20 years. Bet we will see many of them coming down with ‘PHYSICAL PROBLEMS’ over the next six – twelve months. Just remember, prisons have doctors as well — not as good as Emory or Piedmont, but they have doctors!!

Tom( Viet Vet-USAF)

March 30th, 2013
1:10 pm

Quick somebody call the NAACP, all the people listed in the indictment are black. There must be a civil rights violation there somewhere? That is what happens when you (the federal govt) give bonus money out based on test scores and improvements. “Show me the money” is too hard to resist for some people!


March 30th, 2013
1:18 pm

If it’s true and they are all Black, wouldn’t this be a form of profiling? No way this could be possible! (Sarcasm intended). (I jest, but am waiting for the two accusations of racism and profiling to pop up)

Dr. John Trotter

March 30th, 2013
2:12 pm

The first thing that Erroll Davis needs to do is re-vamp the APS Complaints Policy which, as I pointed out in a post or two on Friday, egregiously and flagrantly violates the Georgia Code (OCGA 20-2-989.5 et seq.). Destiny Washington, the attorney who was acting as Davis´s designee, shut down a grievance hearing on Friday when I just would not let her talk over me when I was cross-examining a principal (Tyronne Smith of Mays High School). APS´s actions relative to grievances/complaints are still unconscionable under the Erroll Davis Administration.

Now about Beverly Hall and the indictments: All one has to do is go to the MACE website and see that it was us who were warning about “systematic cheating” on the sreets of Atlanta and DeKalb, calling both systems “gansta systems” in writing and on the streets with picket signs well before there was any talk about investigating the Beverly Hall and Crawford Lewis administrations. So much for a prophetic voice, heh?

So many of the administrators indicted have been the target of MACE (articles, our Needs Improvement List, pickets, letters, etc.) in the past. We never called them “criminals.” But, it looks like Paul Howard has stepped up to the plate. I too believe that their actions were criminal, but we always leave the criminal stuff up to the prosecutors. I am impressed with Paul Howard´s mettle in prosecuting from the very top on down.

Since Hall was indicted, I personally would have thought that a few more from the Central Office would have been indicted, as well as a few more pincipals. But, prosecutors usually work with the cases that are more easily provable. Again, I tip my hat to Paul Howard on starting with Beverly Hall and her four Executive Directors.


March 30th, 2013
2:19 pm

Looks like the police and US Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force are going to have to get out there and round ‘em up. Paul Howard proved once again that he’s one of the good guys.

Private Citizen

March 30th, 2013
2:25 pm

Georgia cities are not getting the news !!!!

This story is front page center of the New York Times. Meanwhile, I just checked each of these city’s main paper / website. Out of these, one paper has a single line title of the story at the very bottom of the page under “national news.”

The lead story in Macon is about an injured dog.
The lead story in Valdosta is Easter Egg Hunt
The lead story in Augusta is Omega Psi Phi party
The lead story in Rome is U.S. commandos hand over troubled areas to Afghans
The lead story in Savannah is a musician whose trailer was thieved.
The lead story in Columbus is Baseball rivalry leads to Spring Break mission trip for Brookstone
The lead story in Athens: “Athens Easter Egg Hunts” NO MENTION on FRONT PAGE
Albany Herald newspaper, NO MENTION on FRONT PAGE

Is this the result of all of these papers and news sources being bought up by big corporate ownership companies? They do not interrupt their “formula” to report real news.

Pride and Joy

March 30th, 2013
2:33 pm

Private Citizen, maybe all these smaller GA towns are just sick and tired of corrupt Atlanta and they don’t want to hear about corrupt Atlanta anymore.
They are likely ashamed to be associated with Atlanta and who could blame them?
My family always shakes their head and asks me why I stay. I tell them the truth. I made a mistake. I wish I’d never moved here.


March 30th, 2013
3:20 pm

Good research, Private Citizen, but comparing the NYT to any of the small-town newspapers you mentioned is a stretch at best. That, of course, doesn’t excuse them for completely ignoring such an important story, even though the ramifications don’t figure to directly affect their readers.