A Fulton County jury has convicted 11 of the 12 Atlanta educators facing trial for conspiring to cheat to improve student results on national standardized tests, according to local news accounts.

After the verdicts were read, educators were taken into custody.

“They have been convicted of felonies, serious felonies,” Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter said.

The jury deliberated for eight days after hearing testimony from 162 witnesses over five months.

Former APS Superintendent Beverly Hall originally was to stand trial with the group, but her trial was delayed due to illness. Hall died earlier this year.

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