By KATE BRUMBACK
ATLANTA (AP) — One of the 10 former Atlanta public school educators convicted in a widespread test-cheating conspiracy accepted a deal at a sentencing hearing Tuesday, and a prosecutor says the state has met with eight of the others.
Donald Bullock, who was a testing coordinator, agreed to a deal and received the state’s recommended sentence of five years’ probation, six months of weekends spent in jail, a $5,000 fine, and 1,500 hours of community service.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter accepted the deal. He had delayed sentencing on Monday to give all 10 ex-educators extra time to negotiate with prosecutors.
Prosecutor Fani Willis said that under the deals, defendants must take responsibility for their actions; apologize to students, parents and the court; and waive their right to appeal.
Willis said the state has met with a total of nine of the 10 defendants being sentenced Tuesday to discuss possible deals on their sentences.
An 11th convicted former educator had a baby over the weekend and will be sentenced later.
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