MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -
A former Mobile County Public School System principal took the stand Friday, October 11 in hopes to get her job back.
Iesha Williams, a former Holloway Elementary principal, is contesting her termination after school officials testified in court that she instructed her teachers to "do whatever necessary to get test scores up.”
At least 48 witnesses, most of them Holloway teachers, were subpoenaed for the civil case.
Williams was placed on administrative leave July 2013 after an investigation into cheating at Holloway began in April 2012.
Executive Manager of Human Resources for MCPSS Bryan Hack testified that fifth grade test scores in reading, math, and science remained consistently and unusually high at Holloway Elementary for several quarters, until officials became aware of the alleged cheating scandal and began investigating.
"I believe there was cheating going on, and I believe Williams was encouraging cheating," Hack testified before Judge Charles Graddick.
Numerous teachers and witnesses testified that they were instructed to give verbal and non-verbal cues to their students during testing.
One former Holloway teacher, whose contract was not renewed, testified Williams instructed her to give students additional time during test. And she said, she witnessed another teacher violating test standards.
Friday, Williams testified the teachers were not telling the truth in regards to the allegations against her.
“I did not do the things they said I did, "Williams testified in court.
Attorneys for both sides have 30 days to prepare a statement of facts and how the law supports their position.
The reports are expected to be presented in court November 14. Judge Graddick will make a ruling after that.
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