Claims under Georgia’s Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act aren’t usually associated with public school educators. Organized criminals, or mobsters as they might be depicted in Hollywood films, might be the more typical defendants.
Although it may be hard to believe, a group of Atlanta elementary school teachers are facing trial under RICO charges. Specifically, 12 former employees of the Atlanta Public Schools are accused of a cheating scandal on standardized test results. According to one allegation, educators may have scheduled erasure parties, at which they changed students' pencil marks on standardized testing sheets. The superintendent of the city school district was also named as a defendant, but her trial is postponed due to breast cancer.