UPDATE: First suspect in cheating scandal surrenders

Posted at 6:02 AM, Apr 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-02 02:19:37-04

ATLANTA (AP) - The first of several defendants expected to surrender Tuesday in Atlanta's school shooting scandal has turned herself in to authorities.

Fulton County Jail records show that Tameka Goodson was in custody early Tuesday after being booked into jail on charges of racketeering and making false statements and writings. Goodson is an instructional coach at Kennedy Middle School.

Thirty-five educators within the Atlanta school system, including former Superintendent Beverly Hall, were named in a 65-count indictment last week that alleges a broad conspiracy to cheat, conceal cheating or retaliate against whistleblowers in an effort to bolster student test scores and, as a result, receive bonuses for improved student performance.

Prosecutors set a Tuesday deadline for all defendants to surrender to authorities.