Former Atlanta superintendent charged in school cheating case dies: TV report

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 02, 2015 1:57 PM

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Former Atlanta school Superintendent Beverly Hall, who was deemed too ill from breast cancer to stand trial with a dozen former educators accused in a standardized test cheating scandal, has died, WSB-TV reported on Monday.

Hall was named national superintendent of the year by the American Association of School Administrators in 2009 - the same year prosecutors contend widespread cheating took place.

The former teachers, principals and administrators on trial are accused of conspiring to alter standardized test scores to boost their own bonuses.

Closing arguments in the trial are set to begin March 16, but Hall's case had been delayed indefinitely due to her illness.

Reuters could not immediately confirm Hall's death.

(Reporting by David Beasley; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Bill Trott)