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Fulton County prosecutors have offered plea deals to the 11 convicted defendants in the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating trial, attorneys involved in the case told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The offer for former APS administrators Michael Pitts, Tamara Cotman and Sharon Davis-Williams is one year in jail, a $10,000 fine, five years of probation and community service in exchange for acceptance of responsibility, a waiver of appeal and an apology.

The offer for Dana Evans, Angela Williamson, Donald Bullock and Tabeeka Jordan is six months of weekends in jail, a $5,000 fine, five years of probation and community service in exchange for acceptance of responsibility and an apology.

The offer for Pam Cleveland, Diane Buckner-Webb and Theresa Copeland is one year of home confinement in which they would have some freedom of movement during the day, a $1,000 fine, five years of probation and community service in exchange for acceptance of responsibility, a waiver of appeal and an apology.

Another defendant, Shani Robinson, is scheduled to be sentenced in August. She gave birth to a son on Saturday.

Any plea deal must be approved by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter. The sentencing hearing is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. today.


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