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Former Atlanta school superintendent pleads not guilty in cheating scandal

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Supporters rally for former Atlanta school superintendent Beverly Hall, May 3, 2013 Supporters rally for former Atlanta school superintendent Beverly Hall, May 3, 2013
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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

All 35 of the Atlanta educators indicted in the school district's cheating scandal, including the former superintendent of schools, have signaled to a judge that they will fight the charges.

Beverly Hall joined 20 other defendants Friday, entering not guilty pleas. Each defendant waived his or her right to a formal reading of the charges. Fourteen others did the same at a hearing on Thursday.

Outside the courthouse Friday, several of Hall's supporters held signs and rallied.

"I have never in my 40 years of being around in this city known an educator - unless that educator molested a child, committed murder or stole money - to be indicted. What normally happens, that person loses his or her license," said Dr. Merchuria Williams.

Williams is president of the Georgia Association of Educators.

"To believe that someone intelligent and trained would call people together and say 'This is our strategy, now take it all over the school system so we can raise these scores' seems very unlikely," said Williams.

Williams said the charges Hall and the others are facing are extreme.

"I don't believe justice is being served fairly," Williams said.

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