Update on three DeKalb educators indicted for CRCT cheating

Several readers have asked me about the fate of three former DeKalb County School District employees indicted last year on charges they manipulated tests or attendance records.

The three were Angela Jennings, Agnes Flanagan and Derrick Wooten. DeKalb District Attorney Robert James told the AJC each acted alone in an attempt to help their schools meet state testing mandates and preserve their careers.

When the indictments were handed down 14 months ago, the AJC reported:

A grand jury approved three counts each of forgery, fraud and false writing against Flanagan, the former principal of Cedar Grove Middle School. She allegedly ordered her teachers to change students' answers on the 2009 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, the high-stakes tests that largely determined whether schools were labeled as failing.

The grand jury brought eight counts of public record fraud and another eight counts of computer forgery against Jennings, former principal at Rock Chapel Elementary. She allegedly removed students temporarily from enrollment records so their 2010 CRCT tests wouldn't count against the school's average scores. The grand jury also indicted Wooten, a former Stoneview Elementary assistant principal, on 13 counts of actual or attempted fraud, forgery and false statements and writings.

Here is the current status:

Two of the cases are still pending in DeKalb County Superior Court. Wooten’s case is with Judge Johnson. Flanagan’s case is with Judge Becker.  There are no dates set for either case.

However, Jennings pleaded guilty in the fall to five counts of Misleading Transmittal and Use of Individual Name over Computer Network in violation of OCGA 16-9-93.1(a). 

A court spokesman said, “Judge Coursey accepted the state's recommendation of 12 months probation for each count to run consecutively (totaling 60 months or 5 years).  A condition of the probation is for Jennings to not seek or accept employment in the k-12 system in Georgia during the term of her probation.  Judge Coursey added a $1,000 fine and included all ordinary court related fines as well.”

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