EDUCATION

Opening statements to begin in Atlanta test cheating trial, which is expected to last months

  • Defendant Dana Evans talks to her attorney, Robert Rubin, during the prosecution's opening statement in a case against 12 former Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators, in Atlanta, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in Fulton County Superior Court. Prosecutors said 12 former Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators cheated, lied and stole as part of a widespread but cleverly disguised conspiracy to inflate state test scores that affected thousands of students. Prosecutors have agreed to plea deals with 21 other defendants included in the initial indictment. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson, Pool)

    Defendant Dana Evans talks to her attorney, Robert Rubin, during the prosecution's opening statement in a case against 12 former Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators, in Atlanta, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in Fulton County Superior Court. Prosecutors said 12 former Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators cheated, lied and stole as part of a widespread but cleverly disguised conspiracy to inflate state test scores that affected thousands of students. Prosecutors have agreed to plea deals with 21 other defendants included in the initial indictment. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Attorney Robert Rubin, defending former APS principal Dana Evans, gives his opening statement in a case against 12 former Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators, in Atlanta, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in Fulton County Superior Court. Prosecutors said 12 former Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators cheated, lied and stole as part of a widespread but cleverly disguised conspiracy to inflate state test scores that affected thousands of students. Prosecutors have agreed to plea deals with 21 other defendants included in the initial indictment. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson, Pool)

    Attorney Robert Rubin, defending former APS principal Dana Evans, gives his opening statement in a case against 12 former Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators, in Atlanta, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in Fulton County Superior Court. Prosecutors said 12 former Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators cheated, lied and stole as part of a widespread but cleverly disguised conspiracy to inflate state test scores that affected thousands of students. Prosecutors have agreed to plea deals with 21 other defendants included in the initial indictment. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Defense attorney George Lawson listens to the prosecution during opening statements in a case against 12 former Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators, in Atlanta, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in Fulton County Superior Court. Prosecutors said 12 former Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators cheated, lied and stole as part of a widespread but cleverly disguised conspiracy to inflate state test scores that affected thousands of students. Prosecutors have agreed to plea deals with 21 other defendants included in the initial indictment. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson, Pool)

    Defense attorney George Lawson listens to the prosecution during opening statements in a case against 12 former Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators, in Atlanta, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in Fulton County Superior Court. Prosecutors said 12 former Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators cheated, lied and stole as part of a widespread but cleverly disguised conspiracy to inflate state test scores that affected thousands of students. Prosecutors have agreed to plea deals with 21 other defendants included in the initial indictment. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

Opening statements are set to begin Monday in the trial of a dozen former Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators accused of participating in a test cheating conspiracy.

It took more than six weeks to select 12 jurors and 11 alternate jurors, and the trial is expected to last several months.

The 12 former administrators, principals, testing coordinators and teachers face racketeering charges. Individual charges include influencing witnesses and lying to state investigators.

Jurors won't hear arguments from lawyers for former superintendent Beverly Hall. Her trial was delayed because she's undergoing treatment for cancer.

A grand jury last year indicted 35 educators and administrators, but prosecutors have agreed to plea deals with 21 of them. Several could testify against their former colleagues.