Ex-APS Official Ordered Destruction of Documents Tied to Cheating
(AJC) — Superintendent Beverly Hall ordered the destruction of investigative documents that detailed “systematic” cheating on standardized tests in the Atlanta Public Schools, according to a former high-ranking district official. Hall also instructed subordinates to omit “adverse findings” from a new version of the report and then publicly cited the revised document in an aggressive rebuttal of the cheating allegations, the former official says. When she protested, the former official says, her supervisor said the district had the right to “sanitize” the investigation and that “the matter was closed” because Hall “had directed that all other documents be destroyed.” Destroying or altering government records is a felony in Georgia, carrying a prison sentence of as much as 10 years. In a statement Tuesday, district officials broadly denied the former official’s allegations.