Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Former APS official: Hall ordered underlings to destroy damning documents

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 11:34 AM

According a former district official, Atlanta Public Schools former Superintendent Beverly Hall ordered documents showing widespread cheating on the CRCT be destroyed.

Colinda Howard, the school system's former head of internal investigations, says Hall also instructed subordinates to revise "adverse findings" to create a new report which was used to refute claims of widespread standardized test cheating. Alan Judd and Heather Vogell report:

The accusations appear in a letter to the superintendent from a lawyer representing Colinda Howard, who from 2005 to 2010 headed the district’s internal investigations office. The lawyer was seeking a monetary settlement for Howard, who resigned under pressure after she was accused of making lewd comments to male employees. The lawyer alleged the district investigated Howard as retaliation for her vocal opposition to “illegal and unethical actions she was directed to undertake by her superiors.” The district later cleared Howard and paid her a small settlement.

Yesterday, district officials denied Howard's allegations. Destroying government documents is a felony and can carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

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