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Eleven Atlanta educators found guilty of racketeering in a test cheating scandal have been offered deals that would allow them to avoid state prison, WSB-TV is reporting.

Ten of the guilty educators are scheduled to be sentenced this morning at 10 am. The 11th was pregnant at the time of the verdict and will be sentenced in August. A deal negotiated by the prosecution and defense lawyers will be recommend by each side when Judge Jerry Baxter takes the bench Monday for sentencing, according to the news station.

The offer for Michael Pitts, Tamara Cotman and Sharon Davis Williams is one year of weekends in jail, a $10,000 fine, 5 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, 5 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.

Shani Robinson is set for sentencing in August.

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