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Former HR Director Pleads Guilty in APS Cheating Case

Millicent Few, who was former Superintendent Beverly Hall’s Director of Human Resources and a member of Hall’s Executive Cabinet, now becomes the state’s most valuable witness.

Former APS Chief Human Resource Officer Millicent Few entered a guilty plea on Monday for her role in the Atlanta Public School cheating scandal. Credit: Patch file
Former APS Chief Human Resource Officer Millicent Few entered a guilty plea on Monday for her role in the Atlanta Public School cheating scandal. Credit: Patch file
Former APS Chief Human Resource Officer Millicent Few entered a guilty plea on Monday for her role in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal.

Few, who was former Superintendent Beverly Hall’s Director of Human Resources and a member of Hall’s Executive Cabinet, now becomes the state’s most valuable witness.

A direct link to Hall, Few will testify against her former boss. Few stated she observed Hall commit a crime by ordering the destruction of internal investigative reports, which concluded “a substantial likelihood that cheating occurred” during the summer 2009 Deerwood Academy CRCT.

“We applaud the courage displayed by Ms. Few for not only pleading guilty, agreeing to serve as a witness for the state, but also for providing key information regarding the operation of this conspiracy to rob our children of their basic right to a quality education,” said Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard in a news release.

Richard Deane, of Jones Day and lead defense counsel for Hall, issued a statement late Monday afternoon:

"We have heard through news accounts that Millicent Few has resolved the felony conspiracy and false statement charges against her by pleading guilty to a misdemeanor, paying $800 restitution, and agreeing to perform community service. This does not change Dr. Hall's resolve to continue to fight the charges against her. She is presumed innocent and continues to look forward to her day in court."

Under the terms of her agreement, Few was sentenced to 12 months on probation and ordered to perform 250 hours of community service, testify truthfully when called as a witness, and pay $800.00 in restitution to the Atlanta Public Schools. She must also submit a letter of apology to the court. 
Reality February 18, 2014 at 09:06 AM
She sure got off easy, be a rat and only pay $800 If they had listened to parents they could have put the hr lady away too and still put Hall in jail where she belongs, but they cut a deal and the hr lady only pays $800??? What a ripoff. Justice for none. They should all have to give their bonuses back and go to jail. That is what this is all about, greed and bonuses and each mayor raved about Dr Hall. Shows how truly clueless Franklin and Reed are and were.the past and current BOE should also be held accountable for lack of oversight and for hiring this loser
electric123 February 18, 2014 at 03:34 PM
Like I said, I am tax exempt so it doesn't concern me. Don't own property here in the land of "Billy Bob's "
S L D February 19, 2014 at 02:19 PM
@electricity123: Learn the difference between "affect" and "effect" before you criticize education.
Reality February 19, 2014 at 09:52 PM
SLD You must be a DR Hall groupie as you focus on the non topic and avoid the big picture. Folks like you are why we have Obama as president and idiots and thieves running our schools. Enjoy your vocabulary games and continue to support inept educators! And to electric, you are smart to not own in this land waste called Atlanta. If I only knew the corruption before I bought ! Atlanta politics and BOE makes Chicago look like Disneyland
electric123 February 20, 2014 at 02:08 AM
@SLD, "Whatever"

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