) -- Five former Atlanta Public Schools educators have turned themselves in after being indicted in the district's cheating scandal last week.
Former school improvement specialist Tameka Goodson turned herself in to the Fulton County Jail just after midnight on Tuesday. Her bond amount is listed as $200,000.
Goodson worked at Kennedy Middle School and is among the dozens of APS employees who were indicted on Friday. She is charged with racketeering and making false statements and writings.
State investigators said Goodson erased students' CRCT test answers at the direction of her principal.
Around 6 a.m., Channel 2's Rachel Stockman watched as former Usher/Collier Heights Elementary School test coordinator Donald Bullock turned himself in.
Bullock is charged with violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, three counts of false statements and writings, and false swearing.
According to the state report, three teachers confessed to cheating at Bullock's direction.
Around 7 a.m., former Benteen Elementary testing coordinator Theresia Copeland arrived at the jail. She is charged with violation of the RICO act, theft by taking, and two counts of false statements and writings.
Bond for Copeland and Bullock is set at $1 million.
Gregory Reid turned himself in around 10:30 a.m. He was the assistant principal of Parks Elementary School. The state report said Reid would tell teachers to go to the room where the tests were kept to change the answers. He is charged with violating RICO and three counts of false statements and writings.
Sandra Ward was the fifth person to turn herself in. She was a Success-For-All facilitator at Parks Middle School. She is charged with RICO violations and three counts of false statements and writings.
All 35 people named in the indictment must turn themselves in today.
A spokesperson for the Fulton County Sheriff's Office said the defendants will not have first appearance hearings because they have already been indicted. Their attorneys can petition the superior court judge for bond modification, or they can pay the bond listed on the warrants.
Some attorneys have told Stockman they have successfully gotten bond reductions down to $50,000 for their clients.
Parents speak out at 1st board meeting since indictments
Monday night, the school board held its first meeting since the indictments.
“All of you should be tossed. All of you should resign. How you could sit here and rule over this school system is almost sickening to me,” one community member said.
“Y’all need to do something about this these babies are suffering,” said APS parent Chandra Gallashaw.
Gallashaw was among those who signed up to speak at the meeting. She gave board members an earful, saying her 9th-grade daughter is a victim of the scandal.
“I need to know why Chandrema has been going through the cracks of the CRCT cheating scandal. What are you going to do help Chandrema? She is scared to tell y'all what's going on because of retaliation,” Gallashaw said.
Former superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall is among the educators named in the indictment. Current superintendent Errol Davis spoke to concerned parents at Monday night’s meeting.
“Healing is difficult, especially when he charges are as heavy as those released on Friday,” said Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Errol Davis.
Davis went on to say it is time to focus on ethics, education and moving forward.
APS students are scheduled to take CRCT exams after they go on spring break next week, but some parents at the meeting said the tests should not be administered this year.