ATLANTA (AP) - A jury has found a former Atlanta educator not guilty after the first trial connected to Atlanta's school cheating scandal.The verdict clearing Tamara Cotman of wrongdoing was announced around 11 a.m. Friday. Cotman is a former area director for Atlanta Public Schools and had been accused of trying to influence a witness.
Testimony began Aug. 23 in Cotman's trial in Fulton County Superior Court. She was the first of about three dozen former administrators and teachers to stand trial. She is among 35 former administrators and teachers, including Cotman's former boss, Superintendent Beverly Hall, accused after allegations that students' answers were changed on standardized tests. The others have yet to be tried. Cotman was tried on the single count of influencing a witness.