ATLANTA-Former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall said she still doesn't believe there was a "culture of cheating" in the district.
Hall told The New York Times in an interview published Wednesday that she "can't accept" the allegations in an 800-page investigation released by the state in July. The actions of the 178 educators accused of widespread cheating in the report were "horrific," but they represent a small fraction of the 3,000 teachers who work in the district, Hall said in her first interview since the cheating probe was made public.
The report also blames Hall for the scandal, saying she either knew or should have known that teachers were changing answers on students' tests or giving students answers. Investigators found that Hall created a culture of "fear and intimidation" where teachers were expected to produce results by any means necessary.
"The Beverly Hall as they characterize me is foreign to me," said Hall, 65. "[It's] just crazy to me."