FORMER ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL PLEADS GUILTY IN APS CHEATING CASE
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Defendant is the First High-Ranking Administrator to Admit Guilt
Atlanta– Another former Atlanta Public School system educator has come forward to admit his guilt in the widespread cheating scandal. Gregory Reid, a former assistant principal at Parks Middle School pleaded guilty late Tuesday to two counts of obstruction during plea proceeding before Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter late Tuesday.
Reid was one of 35 educators 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 Reid date back to 2006 when he was employed as an Assistant Principal at Parks Middle School. Reid now admits he withheld specific knowledge of cheating-related teacher intimidation by Principal Christopher Waller. Reid says he simply turned a blind-eye and failed to report wrongdoing for fear of ruining his career. Like many other educators who were rewarded for meeting specific academic targets with high CRCT scores, Reid received a $5,000.00 bonus.
Under the terms of his plea agreement, Reid was sentenced to two years on probation, ordered to perform 500 hours of community service and pay $5,000.00 in restitution for the bonus money he received. Most importantly, Reid is required to provide truthful testimony at trial. Prosecutors believe Reid’s testimony is critical because of his role as second in command at Parks Middle School and his knowledge of cheating directives from APS executives and administrators including his own principal. Investigators discovered that Parks had the most widespread and egregious CRCT cheating in the system.
Reid is the 5th former educator to enter a guilty plea in connection with the cheating scandal. To date, four teachers have pleaded guilty to obstruction charges and have been sentenced to probation, ordered to perform community service and pay restitution for bonuses obtained under false pretenses.