by: Ashley Swann Updated:
ATLANTA - A source tells Channel 2 Action News the investigation into cheating at Atlanta Public Schools is not over.
"We don't plan to go out and arrest people," said Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard during Friday's news conference. "We're hoping that they would simply turn themselves in."
Thirty-five Atlanta Public School leaders, teachers and staff have until Tuesday to surrender to the Fulton County Jail to face charges for
"This took place in 58 of the Atlanta Public Schools," Howard said.
Sources tell Channel 2 Action News a grand jury set a $7.5 million cash bond for former Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall.
It was a strong statement against a once-nationally recognized education leader prosecutors say headed up a criminal conspiracy to cheat.
According to the indictment, Hall and 34 others told students the answers to
"I think the financial terms were a motivation all across the board," Howard told reporters.
The former school leaders are now facing 65 counts ranging from racketeering and theft to influencing witnesses and even retaliation against whistle-blowers.
"We've got many examples of people who made complaints and once those complaints were lodged, they were terminated," Howard said.
If convicted, the defendants face years in prison.