Beverly Hall, former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent, was indicted on a 65-count indictment returned by a grand jury Friday, March 29, 2013. Among the charges is racketeering (RICO), the same law used to prosecute Mafia leaders. Under RICO, prosecutors accuse Hall of leading a “corrupt” organization. If convicted, Hall could face 45 years in prison.
District Attorney Paul Howard stated at a press conference held Friday that Hall received bonuses that were tied to CRCT test scores. Documents released by the school board show that Hall received more than a half million dollars in “performance pay” between 1999 and 2009. Hall received a bonus of $78,115 on top of her $279,985 base salary for the 2008-2009 school year.
Since the start of the investigation, teachers have been coming forward admitting their role in the cheating scandal and pointing fingers to who put them up to it.
Thirty-five defendants, including 13 teachers, 6 principals and two assistant principals were named in the indictment. Kathy Augustine, Hall’s top assistant, was not among those indicted leaving court observers to speculate that she may testify for the prosecution.
Hall’s bond is set at 7.5 million dollars.