Another APS employee pleads guilty to cheating

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- A former Atlanta Public Schools assistant principal has pleaded guilty to his involvement in the district-wide cheating scandal.

Gregory Reid was assistant principal at Parks Middle School. He entered his plea late Tuesday in Fulton County Superior Court.

Reid admitted in court that he knew Parks principal Christopher Waller intimidated teachers into cheating. He said he did not report Waller for fearing of ruining his own career, and told the court he received a $5,000 bonus for the school's improved CRCT scores.

Nearly 90 percent of Parks Middle School's classrooms were flagged for cheating in 2009, according to an investigative report commissioned by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Reid pleaded guilty to two counts of obstruction. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter sentenced him to two years on probation. He was also ordered to perform 500 hours of community service, pay $5,000 in restitution and provide truthful testimony at his co-defendants' trial.

Reid is the fifth of 35 indicted educators to plead guilty in connection with the cheating scandal.

Former teachers Sheila Evans and Shayla Smith wrote public letters of apology for their involvement. Another teacher, Lisa Terry, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of making false statements.

Former school resource team executive director Tamara Cotman was acquitted of a charge of influencing a witness.

Another defendant, former D.H. Stanton Elementary School principal Willie Davenport, died of breast cancer before her trial was scheduled to begin.


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