Metro news for Thursday

Former Atlanta schools Superintendent Beverly Hall says she "deeply" regrets not doing more to prevent cheating during her nearly 12 years in charge of the district.

In a column in trade publication Education Week on Wednesday, Hall says she should have had more test security to help prevent what investigators said was widespread cheating in nearly half of the district's 100 schools as far back as 2001.

Hall defends standardized testing, which has come under scrutiny after cheating scandals erupted in Atlanta and other urban districts. She says the cheating scandal is "awful" but is not a reason to question testing of students or holding teachers accountable for scores.

Hall retired just days before state investigators in July released a scathing report implicating nearly 180 educators in the scandal. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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A joint center for pediatric research run by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University was selected by the National Institutes of Health as a key site for studying cardiac problems in children. The Emory-Children's Pediatric Research Center will be one of nine core sites included in the Pediatric Heart Network and will receive $19.6 million over five years. The program will build on local research initiatives including a collaborative program involving the Children’s Sibley Heart Center, Emory University and the industrial engineering program at Georgia Institute of Technology. CARRIE TEEGARDIN

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Gainesville State College President Martha Nesbitt announced Monday that she will retire June 30, 2012. Nesbitt became the college's leader in 1997 and is only the college's third president. Details about a search for Nesbitt's replacement will be announced at a later date, according to a news release from the University System of Georgia. LAURA DIAMOND

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