Judge Jerry Baxter
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Atlanta teachers given jail terms for exam cheating

Nine school officials in Atlanta, Georgia, have been sentenced to prison following an exam cheating scandal.

A state-led investigation discovered that officials at 44 city-run schools had encouraged teachers to change students' answers in order to demonstrate educational progress.

Three of those convicted received 20-year sentences, far harsher than the penalties asked for by the state.

There were several outbursts from the defendants and their lawyers during sentencing.

Judge Jerry Baxter said: "Thousands of children were harmed, this is not a victimless crime".