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Arraignment expected for DeKalb educator
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Arraignment expected for DeKalb educator

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- One of three former DeKalb County educators accused of cheating on the CRC is due back in court Monday.

Indictments were handed down Tuesday for former Cedar Grove Middle School principal Agnes Flanagan, former Rock Chapel Elementary School principal Angela Jennings and former Stoneview Elementary School assistant principal Derrick Wooten.

"It's cheating and it's wrong and it's breaking the rules -- it's corruption," DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said Tuesday. "It hurts children, and that's what this is all about."

According to the indictment, Jennings faces eight counts of public record fraud and eight counts of computer forgery.

Flanagan faces three charges each of making a false writing, public record fraud and first degree forgery.

Wooten faces a total of 13 charges, including public record fraud, making false statements and writings, computer forgery, and criminal attempt to commit public record fraud and false statements.

The charges are very similar to the ones faced by the 35 Atlanta Public Schools educators who were also indicted for cheating

According to the indictment, Wooten changed attendance records in order to meet federal guidelines. Flanagan is accused of instructing teachers to cheat on the CRCT, while the indictment says Jennings disenrolled low-performing students before the test so their scores wouldn't count against the school's average.

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