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Prosecutors discuss APS cheating trial

ATLANTA -- Prosecutors in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial say the case was unlike anything they've ever faced before.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard along with prosecutors Fani Willis and Clint Rucker spent years preparing, and then seven months convincing a jury that the former educators should pay for taking part in a cheating scandal that rocked Atlanta.

Eleven of 12 former APS educators were convicted on racketeering charges. They were sentenced on Tuesday.

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After the APS Trial: What's next for the educators?

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- After the verdicts in the APS cheating scandal trial, what are the next steps? How can the school system and the city move forward?


There are plans in place, including a "redemption academy" created by the office of Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard.

Rev. Bernice King will help run the school, which will provide real solutions – like GED training, job training and helping cheating victims get in to college.

SENTENCED | Two APS defendants take plea, others face 7 years in prison

ATLANTA -- In court Monday, Judge Jerry Baxter urged educators convicted of racketeering charges in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial to take a deal.

Few took that advice.

Two convicted APS educators took plea deals in court Tuesday. The others were sentenced to a mix of prison time, probation, fines, and community service.


APS Students: The Cheated Generation

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- If you rewind past the sentencing, the verdict and all the testimony the APS scandal comes down to all those children who were sitting in classrooms filling out wrong answers.

To understand who they are, first you must define "The Cheated Generation" within Atlanta Public Schools.

The state found evidence of cheating in 2009. A first grader then is now in seventh grade, a third grader is now a high school freshman, and a sixth grader when the scandal broke is currently high school senior.

That's if they stayed on track. Not all did. Some fell very, very far behind.

"I'll just be trying and I just won't get it," explained Allison George.

She was held back in 8th grade… twice.

"I'm fixing to be seventeen in the 9th grade," she said.

She says just couldn't grasp the fundamentals.

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Rally held against police-involved shootings

ATLANTA -- A crowd rallied at Woodruff Park on Tuesday in support of those killed in police-involved shootings in metro Atlanta.

The #ShutdownA14 rallies were held across the nation calling for justice from police departments and the justice system.

In Atlanta, friends and family members of Nicholas Thomas, who was killed by Smyrna police, and Anthony Hill, killed in DeKalb County, joined the crowd.

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

Former APS Defendant: 'Accept Responsibility'

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Christopher Waller served as principal at Park Middle School for five years before the APS scandal broke.

"I wanted to take responsibility for my part in the scandal," Waller said.

He took a plea deal about a year and a half ago.

"I didn't do the right things at the right time. I made a mistake," he added.

He accepted a plea deal to avoid a trial by paying $50,000 and serving 1000 community service hours.

"Initially we were at the point where we were going to trial, but when we got to the point of accepting public responsibility I did what was best for me, what was best for my family, and I also looked at the choice that was given to me by my legal team," Waller explained.