Martha Dalton is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. She came toWABEin May 2010 after working at CNN Radio.
Martha covers education and immigration issues in the metro Atlanta area and statewide. She also reports on how federal education policy is enacted at the local level. She has covered the DeKalb County school district extensively, including governor’s recent decision to replace six board members. She also reported on the indictment of 35 former educators in the Atlanta Public Schools. Martha has worked in partnership with NPR and itsStateImpactproject on reporting key educational issues, such as the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
Martha has worked for radio stations in Atlanta, Savannah, and Charleston, S.C. In her former life, she worked for ten years as a teacher and reading specialist for students in grades K-12. She has a bachelor’s degree from Furman University and a master’s from Georgia State.
In a highly unusual move, the judge in the Atlanta test-cheating case said he had a change of heart. He reduced three people's sentences from seven years in prison to three.
They were found guilty of conspiracy when they switched student test scores. The verdicts close a dark chapter for the school system and the city of Atlanta. One defendant, a teacher, was acquitted.
Twelve ex-educators are accused of changing students' test scores in a scandal dating back to 2009. Jurors have six months of evidence to go through, including testimony from more than 130 witnesses.