Officials replaced amid Atlanta cheating scandal

By the Associated Press | July 12, 2011 | 3:30 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The fallout from the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal continues to spread, as four area superintendents are being replaced and a school district in Texas has placed the superintendent it recently hired from Georgia on paid leave.

Interim Superintendent Erroll Davis replaced the four superintendents Monday, hours before trustees of the DeSoto Independent School District near Dallas placed Kathy Augustine on leave as they re-examine her previous post. Augustine has denied having any knowledge of test cheating as Atlanta's deputy superintendent.

The four removed from area superintendent jobs were all implicated in the scandal. Georgia investigators say 178 educators cheated on standardized tests used to meet federal benchmarks.

The testing problems first came to light after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that some scores were statistically improbable.