MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - In a surprising legal move, a longtime Memphis educator is going to trial on charges that he led a three-state organization that helped teachers cheat on qualification tests.
Clarence Mumford Senior's lawyer told a judge at a hearing Friday morning that his client is not taking a deal offered by prosecutors.
Mumford has pleaded not guilty to more than 60 fraud and conspiracy charges.
Authorities say teachers paid Mumford to send someone else to take the tests in their place in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee over a 15-year period. The teachers allegedly used the passing test scores to get school jobs.
U.S. District Court Judge John Fowlkes set a trial date of March 25.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.