Thursday, December 19, 2013
Teacher Joins Two Other Humphries Colleagues in
Admission of Guilt
Atlanta– A third former teacher from Humphries Elementary has entered a guilty plea in connection with the Atlanta Public Schools ‘cheating’ scandal. During plea proceedings late Thursday before presiding Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter, Wendy Ahmed pleaded guilty to a single obstruction charge.
Ahmed was among the 35 APS educators (including former Superintendent Beverly Hall) indicted in March for their roles in an alleged conspiracy to alter Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) scores within the Atlanta Public School system. Each was charged with False Statements and Writings, Theft by Taking and Violation of the Georgia RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act.
The charges against Ahmed date back to 2009 when she was employed as a science teacher at Humphries. Ahmed initially denied the allegations against her but now admits verbally providing answers and assistance to several students during the CRCT. She says she cheated because of tremendous pressure placed upon her by her school principal to meet academic targets that were tied to bonuses and incentives for the school district.
Under the terms of her plea agreement, Ahmed was sentenced to one year on probation, ordered to perform 250 hours of community service and pay restitution in the amount of $500.00 for bonus money she received.
Ahmed’s former teaching colleagues Lisa Terry and Ingrid Abella-Sly also pleaded guilty in connection with the case. The plea tally now totals eight.