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Mayor on APS grand jury: 'Painful facts' will come out
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Mayor on APS grand jury: 'Painful facts' will come out

Mayor on APS grand jury: 'Painful facts' will come out

Mayor on APS grand jury: 'Painful facts' will come out

A Fulton County grand jury continued its hearing on Wednesday in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal.  A spokesperson for the district attorney's office believes the jurors will work through Thursday and could wrap up by sometime Friday.

The grand jury could issue indictments for educators and administrators implicated in the APS CRCT cheating scandal.

In a strange moment Thursday morning, a woman who told the DA's office front desk she was there for the grand jury hearing draped a coat over her head to avoid a Channel 2 Action News camera.  DA's office investigators guided her through the front door.  It was unclear if she was a witness or otherwise related to the case.

Channel 2’s Richard Belcher confirmed that Mike Bowers, who led the state investigation for the governor into the cheating scandal, will testify before the grand jury Friday morning. He will be the only investigator to testify.

Attorney William Fortson went inside the DA's office on Thursday.  Fortson represented a number of fired APS teachers during their tribunal hearings.  He also represented at least two testing coordinators at APS elementary schools. Fortson acknowledgde he was there for the grand jury but didn't say anything else to Channel 2's Richard Elliot.

Charles Brant is an attorney who said he also represents several current and former APS teachers. He stopped by the office to see if there were any indictments yet.

"Some of my clients have called me to inquire whether or not they were included in the indictment," said Brant.  "Everyone is anxious.  Everybody wants to know if they're going to be included in the indictment or not, so there's a lot of concern."

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed also commented on the grand jury proceedings.  He believes the results will be painful for the city.

"I think this is going to be a very difficult period," said Reed.  "I think a lot of facts that are very painful are going to come out as a part of the investigation."

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