Ex-DeKalb principal in indictment turns herself in

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A former DeKalb County elementary school principal has surrendered to authorities after accusations that she manipulated enrollment records to adjust test scores.

Channel 2’s Carl Willis was at the DeKalb County Jail, where former Rock Chapel Elementary principal Angela Jennings turned herself in Thursday morning. Jennings is among three DeKalb educators named in a 13-count indictment.

In February 2011, Channel 2's Richard Belcher reported that Jennings admitted she tried to improve school CRCT scores by unenrolling some students. Belcher obtained a written statement that Jennings gave to district investigators, in which she wrote that she was “worried about the effect certain students would have on her school's chance to make annual yearly progress, or AYP.”

According to her lawyer, Jennings has spent the last year and a half teaching English in Dubai.

Jennings is the second person named in the indictment to turn herself in. Former Cedar Grove Middle School Principal Agnes Flanagan was booked into the DeKalb County Jail on Wednesday and is now out on bond. She is accused of telling teachers to change students’ answers on the 2009 CRCT tests.

Derrick Wooten, an assistant principal at Stoneview Elementary School, was also named in the indictment. He is accused of instructing teachers to mark students at school when they were not, to meet federal guidelines.

All three are charged with multiple felony counts, many of which could bring up to a decade in prison.



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