I have not covered the Atlanta Public Schools teacher trials here, and I am not sure you are very interested, but I have been asked about it a bit. So I wanted to let you know that Jodi Arias was not the only person in court today pleading for leniency. Ten Atlanta Public Schools teachers have been convicted of felonies (racketeering) for their role in cheating on the CRCT.
There is way too much backstory to give but the NYT has a very detailed article today that is an excellent recap.
The Judge has given the ten (eleven really one just had a baby and will be sentenced separately and the others are in jail) defendants one last chance to come to a deal with the prosecutor or he will sentence them to jail time tomorrow.
Click through to read a brief excerpt from the NYT story.
Judge Jerry W. Baxter of Fulton County Superior Court, who has presided over the six-month trial, said that he was giving the two sides a chance to meet and discuss a deal and that he planned to reconvene court on Tuesday.
“See if you can come up with some agreement,” the clearly exasperated judge said. “I’d prefer for this thing to be ended for everybody, to try to help heal the open wounds in this city, in this school system, and to just have it over with.”
Judge Baxter said he was willing to sentence the defendants himself. “I’ve got a fair sentence in my mind,” he said, “and it involves going to jail for everybody.”
Paul Howard, the Fulton County district attorney, said that any deal would have to be predicated on the educators taking some responsibility for their crimes. Each of the educators has been convicted of racketeering, a felony that carries a maximum of 20 years in prison, though the judge said he had never considered a maximum. Some of the educators were also convicted of lesser crimes, including making false statements. [Complete NYT story is available here]