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Grand jury hearing in APS scandal enters 2nd day

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Atlanta educators accused of cheating to boost test scores are back in the spotlight on Thursday as a Fulton County grand jury reconvened for a second day.

Jurors are hearing from teachers, administrators, state officials, parents, and students as they take a closer look at the evidence against the teachers and administrators accused of erasing and correcting answers on standardized tests.

The 23 grand jurors jury will decide whether criminal charges will be brought against educators identified in the state investigation in the 2009 standardized test cheating scandal.

State Investigators concluded dozens of teachers corrected wrong answers to right. Those investigators described a district-wide culture of fear and intimidation, then headed by former superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall. The scandal made national news and cost Hall her job.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said if laws were broken, then the APS educators should face charges.

Investigators named nearly 180 educators including principals and top administrators, who they accused of having a role in the system wide cheating.

Attorney Charles Brent, who represents nine educators accused in the scandal, spoke to FOX 5.

"Their lives have been put on hold. They are waiting to resolve their accused status in this case by dealing with the indictment or not being in indicted so they can move on. It puts them in limbo," said Brent.

An attorney for the former superintendent tells FOX 5 Hall maintains her innocence.

An indication of things to come may be the presence of newly deputized prosecutor John Floyd. Floyd was brought into the APS case by Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard and is considered an expert in Racketeering and Conspiracy cases.

The hearing is expected to wrap up on Friday.

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