NEWS BRIEF: Cheating scandal educators appeal trial court ruling

Ruling denied request for conflict of interest

The Georgia Supreme Court is set to hear an appeal from six former Atlanta Public Schools employees convicted in the 2010 cheating scandal that involved nearly 200 schools across Georgia, including 58 in Atlanta. The appeal centers on a trial court ruling that denied a request made by an attorney for the educators to withdraw from the case citing a conflict of interest.

Superintendent Beverly Hall and 35 other educators were indicted at the time, and 21 entered guilty pleas. A total of 11 educators were eventually convicted, with two of them filing unsuccessful appeals.