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Former DeKalb Co. educators face indictments

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The DeKalb County Grand Jury indicted three former DeKalb County School District administrators for cheating and manipulating records.

The DeKalb County District Attorney's Office says the three administrators who were indicted are former Cedar Grove Middle School principal Agnes Flanagan, former Rock Chapel Elementary School principal Angela Jennings, and former Stoneview Elementary School assistant principal Derek Wooten.

Back in March 2011, a school district investigation led to criminal charges and allegations that Wooten changed attendance records to fraudulently boost the school's academic status. DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James says the charges filed on Tuesday changed slightly, but the allegations are the same.

"There were children who were chronically truant, who were not coming to school, Mr. Wooten called the teachers in and instructed them to alter the attendance records. That is the allegation of the students," James said.

James says falsifying attendance records helped the school meet federal academic guidelines for achievement, but left children falling through the cracks. He says that's also what happened at Rock Chapel Elementary in Lithonia where Angela Jennings was the principal during the 2009-2010 school year.

"She withdraw the students over an eight-day period during the CRCT testing period and these kids even though they came to school, even though they were present, even though they took the test, because they were withdrawn in the computer system, their test scores did not count against the rest of the school," said James.

James says there's that Flanagan personally corrected CRCT answers and ordered her teachers to do the same.

"There were multiple teachers that were involved and were allegedly acting at the request of Principal Flanagan there and so every time you change a response sheet, it affects a child, James said.

James says that as of now, there is no evidence of a widespread conspiracy to boost test scores.

Agnes Flanagan and Angela Jennings must surrender to the DeKalb County Jail within 24 hours, according to James. They'll be held on $50,000 bond.

Wooten does not have to surrender because he was booked and posted his bond two years ago.

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