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Principal at center of Atlanta test-cheating scandal resigns, report says

A central figure in the Atlanta Public Schools’ test-cheating scandal has resigned, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Wednesday.

According to the newspaper, investigators said Christopher Waller, former principal at Parks Middle School, played a key role in the cheating over four years at the school.

State officials launched investigations into allegations of widespread test-cheating in Atlanta Public Schools after the Journal-Constitution’s reports in 2008 and 2009 called to question gains in the Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Test.

Officials with the school system issued an intent-to-fire letter last week, according to the Journal-Constitution.

Waller cited personal reasons for his departure, the Journal-Constitution reported.

“I've enjoyed being a principal in Atlanta Public Schools, working with students, parents, my fellow teachers and administrators," Waller said in a statement, the Journal-Constitution reported. "I appreciate the guidance and kindness offered [to] me during my time with the system."

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