ATLANTA (AP) - The first trial is under way for an educator charged in a massive cheating scandal in Atlanta's public school system.
Testimony began Friday in the trial of former area director Tamara Cotman, the first of about three dozen former administrators and teachers to stand trial.
Witnesses could include former Gov. Sonny Perdue, who ordered a state investigation of the claims.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/1c3SmcV ) reports Cotman's trial could be a preview of a larger conspiracy and racketeering trial of all the defendants, which is set for May 2014.
Prosecutors will try to outline how cheating happened on such a broad scale, although Cotman has pleaded not guilty to influencing a witness.
The 2011 state investigation concluded cheating occurred at 44 schools so educators could avoid losing their jobs and earn bonuses.
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