Beverly Hall's Lawyers Deny The Schools Chief Had Role In Atlanta Cheating Scandal

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In this June 13, 2011 file photo, outgoing schools superintendent, Dr. Beverly Hall, center, arrives for her last Atlanta school board meeting at the Atlanta Public Schools headquarters in Atlanta. Hall and nearly three dozen other administrators, teachers, principals and other educators were indicted Friday, March 29, 2013, in one of the nation's largest cheating scandals. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton) | AP

ATLANTA — Lawyers for former Atlanta schools superintendent Beverly Hall say allegations that she participated in a scheme to inflate test scores to pad her bonuses are false and misleading.

In a statement released Monday, Hall's lawyers took issue with media reports that they say implied that Hall received more than $500,000 in bonuses based on test scores. Hall's lawyers say her bonuses were based on at least 25 performance objectives established by the Atlanta Board of Education, most of which had nothing to do with test results.

A Fulton County grand jury last month indicted Hall and 34 subordinates, accusing them of involvement in a broad conspiracy to cheat, conceal cheating or retaliate against whistleblowers. Prosecutors say the educators were driven at least in part by bonuses for improved student performance.

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