Attorney: No deal, no wrongdoing from Beverly Hall's former second in command

7:37 PM, Apr 4, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA, Ga. -- The lawyer for Beverly Hall's former number two says his client has made no deal with prosecutors, and has done nothing wrong.

In an extensive investigative report released in 2011, a co-worker referred to former Atlanta Public School's Deputy Superintendent Kathy Augustine as the "godmother" of Atlanta Public Schools.

The 2011 report from investigators who looked into allegations of widespread cheating in Atlanta Public Schools concluded Augustine, "knew or should have known cheating and other misconduct was occurring in schools," that Augustine "made false statements," when questioned about allegations concerning one school, and that she "is responsible for aiding and abetting Dr. Hall in falsifying, misrepresenting, or erroneously reporting," results of the 2009 CRCT to the state.

Dr. Beverly Hall was indicted along with 34 other former APS employees last Friday.

Augustine was among the people implicated in the report, but not indicted.

Keith Adams, who has been Augustine's attorney for the last two years, says his client "has engaged in no wrongdoing, so it's appropriate she wasn't indicted.

178 teachers and administrators were implicated in the investigation that delved into cheating on the CRCT exam. Some admitted that they were involved in changing wrong answers to right.

Sources have told 11Alive news that many were given immunity for their cooperation.

Adams says Augustine has made no agreement to testify for or against anyone. He says Augustine agreed to speak with the District Attorney's office a month ago, but no one with the DA's office ever got back to them.

District Attorney Paul Howard's office wouldn't talk specifically about Kathy Augustine but did say the investigation is ongoing.

Calls continue to come into a special tipline. 11Alive has been told if those calls yield substantial information, prosecutors can go back to the Grand Jury.

In 2011, Augustine left Atlanta for a job with a suburban Dallas school system. Her contract was terminated after tone day on the job due to the cloud of suspicion from her days in Atlanta.

Adams says Augustine is back in metro Atlanta and out of work.

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