APS Cheating Scandal - Following the Money

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Beverly Hall had no idea cheating was going on in district schools, she told 11Alive's Karyn Greer in an exclusive interview.
 PDF Document: Dr. Hall Contract

ATLANTA -- Is it pay back time for Atlanta Public School employees and administrators accused of cheating?

FULL COVERAGE | Atlanta Schools CRCT cheating scandal

"If you have earned a reward through cheating, it sends a very bad message to reward cheating, and so we're asking for the fair and just thing which is to repay the reward money that they received," said State School Superintendent John Barge, when asked the question last year. 

Now it could end up in the legal realm. Indictments could mean a difference. 

Former APS Superintendent Beverly Hall was the biggest winner when it came to bonuses.  Since 1999, she received more than $581,000 in performance bonuses, tied in part to test scores. 

"Would you be willing to give back some of your bonuses?" asked 11Alive's Karyn Greer, when she caught up to Hall during her retirement vacation in Hawaii in July of 2011. 

"Again, no further comment. I'd like to leave it at that," Hall replied. 

Hall's employment contract indemnified her from all legal actions that arose during the course of her duties. In fact, APS even had to pay all her legal costs that arose from the Governor's Investigation into the CRCT cheating scandal. The last time we checked, that bill was in excess of $127,000. 

However, there is one caveat; 'excluding criminal charges or a criminal action'. 

Any such action could open Hall up to civil action by APS to recover bonus money and legal fees paid on her behalf. 

Hall is represented by Atlanta attorney Richard Deane, of Jones Day. We reached out to him for comment but have not received a response. 

It wasn't just Hall who received bonuses, according to the Governors investigation into cheating, others were rewarded. In the report, Parks Middle School principal is reported to have paid a teacher 1000 dollars for improved test scores. Another teacher claimed she felt like,' her back was up against the wall' and that the principal 'got greedy'.

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