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Report: ‘Disgrace’ in county schools (updated with list of teachers)

Investigators cite 49 administrators and teachers with misconduct.

ALBANY, Ga. — The principals of 11 of 16 Dougherty County elementary schools are among the 49 DCSS employees who were singled out for wrongdoing Tuesday as the Governor’s office released the results of its investigation into CRCT cheating in the Dougherty County School System.

“The disgraceful situation we found in the Dougherty County School System (DCSS) is a tragedy sadly illustrated by a comment made by a teacher who said that her fifth-grade students could not read, yet did well on the CRCT,” the 293-page report overview began.

“This incredible statement from a teacher in a school where the principal flatly refused to cooperate with our investigation is indicative of what we found in many of the schools we visited.”

School system attorney Tommy Coleman warned against lumping all principals and teachers into one basket, stressing that there are “different levels of culpability” among the group.

The report said that while some of the principals were active participants in cheating

in their schools, others had failed to perform their duty of ensuring the tests were conducted properly.

The report found three reasons that cheating flourished:

  • Pressure of meeting AYP under No Child Left Behind;
  • Teachers’ and principals’ fears of being perceived as a failure;
  • Failure of leadership at the principal level and, to some extent, by the system’s administration and the Board of Education.

Three of the 11 principals cited in the report — West Town’s Alene Pringle, Northside’s Angela Schumate and Martin Luther King’s Carolyn Scott, invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, the report confirmed.

Pringle was cited for sending emails to teachers directing them to assist students in taking the tests. At Morningside, former principal Jose’ Roquemore was cited for making grade changes and current principal Gloria Baker was mentioned for incorrectly having a child on the free lunch program.

The 11 elementary schools investigated were: West Town, Jackson Heights, Northside, ML King, Turner, Morningside, Alice Coachman, Sherwood, Lamar Reese Sylvester Road and Radium Springs.

The report pointed out that West Town, with 77.2 percent (44) of its classrooms flagged, had the highest number among 1,772 of the state’s schools.

  • Of the 18 confessions obtained by investigators, Jackson Heights had six and ranked third in the state with number of classrooms flagged with 57.9 percent, or 33 classrooms. Jackson Heights also led the school system with the number of teachers and administrators cited for misconduct/cheating/failure of duty with 11.
  • Following Jackson Heights, teachers and administrators cited for misconduct/cheating/failure of duty charges by schools were: Alice Coachman, 7; ML King, Turner and Sherwood, 6 each; West Town, Northside and Sylvester Road, 3 each; and Radium Springs, Lamar Reese and Morningside one each.

The report shows a dysfunctional relationship between the School Board and superintendent’s office that led to a culture in which school officials felt they could act with impunity.

The report says that imbalanced relationship that was in practice during former superintendent Sally Whatley’s administration continues in Joshua Murfree’s administration today.

“This superintendent/board relationship led to an impotent system of employee discipline. We are aware of numerous situations that demanded prompt termination or other significant action. The administration and the board found ways to avoid terminations and often reduced punishments to an absurd sanction,” the report states. “The end result was a system where there was little fear of the consequences for wrongdoing, therefore misconduct went unabated.”

The report gave poor marks to Whatley for how she managed the system.

“During Dr. Whatley’s tenure, the tendency of some board members to micromanage, and Dr. Whatley’s unwillingness to prevent them from doing so, placed the Board and Superintendent relationship in an unbalanced position and weakened the authority of the Superintendent,” the report says. “Dr. Whatley abdicated the authority she needed to correct, sanction or terminate educators.

“Due to the Board’s failure to support the Superintendent, and her refusal to assert herself, she could not fully and effectively administer matters of employee discipline.”

The investigator also found that Dianne Daniels, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction who answered directly to Whatley, failed to perform her duties in respect to the testing.

“Daniels, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, answered directly to the Superintendent. According to the management structure at DCSS, Renee Bridges, who was the system’s test coordinator reported to Daniels. While Daniels was the titular second-in-command and Bridges fell under her supervision, she failed to involve herself in the testing process in any meaningful way. Her failure to actively participate in the oversight of the testing process helped create a leadership vacuum, and further empowered principals and teachers to act with a level of impunity whereby cheating occurred. Thus, she cannot absolve herself from contributing to the creation of an environment where this misconduct could fester,” the report states.

Daniels is no stranger to controversy. In May, at a called School Board meeting — with board members Velvet Riggins and Anita Williams-Brown absent — the School Board voted not to renew the contracts of Daniels and former Human Resources Director Tracy Williams and by a 3-2 vote.

Board members Carol Tharin, David Maschke and Darrel Ealum voted against the contract renewals with board chair James Bush and Milton Griffin voting for renewals.

The non-renewal caused contention on the board, with Bush calling the decision “reprehensible” and Griffin briefly storming out of the board room.

Less than two weeks later, the full board voted 4-3 to rehire Williams and Daniels, with Williams-Brown and Riggins joining Bush and Griffin to reverse the earlier decision.

The report gave no credence to the system’s self-investigation by Jim Wilson and said Whatley and and Murfree were both naive to think that cheating could not have occurred.

The report said that “cheating was widespread in some schools while in others it was limited to certain classes. At many schools, the cheating was coordinated or directed by the principal. However, at some of the schools, the cheating occurred inside the classroom without the knowledge of the teacher or test coordinator.”

Investigators believe the largest proportion of cheating occurred in the first and second grades because it was easier to cheat in those grades without getting caught.

“We believe the “clean-up committees” were used as a ruse to illegally alter test documents, especially in the first and second grades where the answers are contained in the booklet,” the report reads.

Comments

Albanite 2 years, 4 months ago

Mr., Coleman, you represent the school system. Those involved in cheating in any form or fashion are the enemies of the school system. Do you understand that ANY culpability, any hint of impropriety in this matter is more than wrong enough to lose your job AND your pension!!!!!.

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PatrickY2K 2 years, 4 months ago

Tommy Coleman represents the DCSS, he isn't the superintendent or the school board. If you don't like the actions of the school system, complain to your board member. The school system's lawyer is not in charge of enforcing policy or disciplining employees.

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Albanite 2 years, 3 months ago

These individuals harmed the entire school system. Failure to grasp that concept is why this situation exists.

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PatrickY2K 2 years, 3 months ago

I understand. My point is that you are addressing the wrong person. Mr. Coleman advises his clients (the school system). The superintendent and school board are ultimately responsible for enforing policy and employee discipline.

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marykat 2 years, 3 months ago

No, but he is their legal voice and advisor. 'Nuff said.

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herewegoagain 2 years, 4 months ago

I would love to see a breakdown on the guilty parties by where they were educated!! They may have very well gotten their education the same way!!!

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bubbavet 2 years, 4 months ago

I BELIEVE THEY DID. 80% OF ALL THE "TEACHERS" ASU GRADUATES

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news4thenews 2 years, 4 months ago

Many did grafuate from ASU, but they did not all cheat. As mentioned by others; those in charge need to be investigated. Those not in the school system are considered to be "not in the club" so to speak. Many are getting side information and information from ones who do not really know. However, those who really have to deal with the system from inside could let all of you outsiders in on some things that would blow your mind. And you all wonder why Albany is on the poor list.

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PatrickY2K 2 years, 4 months ago

Bubba, Please dont make-up facts. 80% did not attend Albany State, but here's a fact: 95% of DCSS teachers did not cheat on the CRCT, and (to date) 0% have been accused of cheating the lunch program. The DCSS is full of good, hard-working teachers who sacrifice a great deal for their profession and students. Don't condemn the entire school system for a few "bad apples".

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bubbavet 2 years, 3 months ago

I GUESS ALL THE STUDENTS ARE ALL HONOR ROLL, BUT THE FACTS ARE THEIR "PROFESSIONALISM AND SACRIFICES " AIN'T EDUCATING SQUAT.

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PatrickY2K 2 years, 3 months ago

The DCSS had the Georgia Star Student two years ago. Graduates get into UGA, Georgia Tech, Ive League schools, and other universities too numberous to mention. They also graduate from those institutions, so please don't make-up "facts" that say otherwise. Making-up statistics like 83% of graduates being illiterate is just ignorant. Volunteer at a school and you will see first-hand how much learning and academic success is happening in the DCSS...or you can keep watching the news, and making-up facts to prove your point. While you're at it, ask Dr. Murfree for his birth certificiate.

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Albanite 2 years, 3 months ago

Don't be so naive Patrick. Have you not seen the studies? An astonishing 83% of DCSS graduates cannot read, cannot write, nor can they solve math problems well enough to get into a real college. That is a problem with the WHOLE system and according to the report, this environment of cheating continues under Murfree. Also, do you know what is inferred statistically when 100% of the selected samples turn up positive for cheating?

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PatrickY2K 2 years, 3 months ago

Please tell me what studies, and which colleges aren't "real". Albany State, Darton, and Albany Tech are accredited, so you can't be referring to those schools. How about Valdosta State, Columbus State, or Georgia Southern? Florida State, University of Georgia, Mercer? The DCSS Class of 2011 is represented in the student bodies of all these schools. There was cheating in 100% classrooms with deviations from the norm, not 100% of all DCSS classrooms, but again, 49 teachers is less than 4% of the entire DCSS faculty. There were elementary and middle schools that had no problems. Please stop making-up facts to support your twisted agenda to bash the school system. I hope the 49 are out of their jobs before January, but this problem does not warrant your attack on the entire school system...or making up facts that have no basis in fact.

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Albanite 2 years, 3 months ago

If this involved just one teacher, or two or maybe even three, it would be teacher by teacher. But 49??? That is a system-wide problem that condemns the entire DCSS and especially the schools involved.

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PatrickY2K 2 years, 3 months ago

49 teachers and administrators out of 1,070 teachers and 198 support and administrative personnel. There were problems at 10 of the 16 elementary schools, but the investigators did not find cheating at all 10. There were no problems at the 6 middle schools. The high schools don't take the CRCT, so you'll have to come up with something else to get them involved in your attack. I'm not excusing the 49 and they should go, but don't condemn the entire school system when this clearly is not everyone...again, less than 4%.

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 4 months ago

the list of names WAS on walb dot com... but it has since been taken down. I have a printed copy...

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 4 months ago

If you're title starts with "Dr." then you should be able to cheat without getting caught.

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jabaebay 2 years, 4 months ago

Pa-lease! I'm sure they got the "Dr." by cheating.

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 4 months ago

I think the Governor needs to remove, Riggins, Griffin, Bush and Williams from the Board. They are all apart of the problem. That would be a good first step in order for the school board to gain some trust back in the community. We all know, Bush, is the one micromanaging.

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 4 months ago

and appoint someone to replace them...

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bsattrn 2 years, 3 months ago

They are not part of the problem they are the problem.

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bubbavet 2 years, 4 months ago

EXCUSES, EXCUSES, EXCUSES. IT'S NOT MY FAULT. AS FLIP WILSON ALWAYS SAID."THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT." NO RESPONSIBILITY . ONLY THE CHILDREN SUFFER.

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rock 2 years, 4 months ago

Is this indicative of the Attitude of Albany Ga? Is it possible that say 85% of the community supports cheating, stealing from a Government program, pass students that are to "Stupid to breath" and no one is caring. I was wondering why there is such a high percentage of private schools in this area and I am beginning to understand when friends told me not to enroll my children in DCSS. This is not a matter of Black Vs. White, but of the cheating of the children on Dougherty County out of an education, promotion without credentials, and then turning these children loose after High school. God, I know now why the poverty is a shame, there are so may teenage/welfare mother and kids say prison is a better alternative. Shame lays with DCSS past and present and to all the parents who let happen. Albany is considered the anal canal of the US and I understand why. VERY FEW of Albany citizens gave a damn and the DCSS cares even less. DCSS you caused the mess this area is in and now you don't give enough of damn to resign and let prosecutions happen, you care about what is in it for you. DCSS school board this is happening on your watch. Help fix it or get the #### out!!!!

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PatrickY2K 2 years, 4 months ago

85% supports cheating? High percentage of private schools? So many welfare mothers? Kids say prison is a better alternative. Few Albany citizens give a damn and the DCSS cares even less?

Fabricate facts and opinions of others much?

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Albanite 2 years, 3 months ago

Actually racial differences, racial cultures and the segment of population that prefers entitlements to work ARE a huge part of the cheating problem. No one seems to have the courage to address it, so it probably won't ever change without legal intervention.

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bsattrn 2 years, 3 months ago

You are not correct. It definitely is Black culture vs. White culture. No more no less.

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B4Real 2 years, 4 months ago

@KaosinAlbany You are showing what some may think is your racism by suggesting that only Riggins, Bush, Griffin and Williams should be removed by the governor. Maschke was on the Board during 2009 also. As a matter of fact, read the report WELL, the same climate continues to exist! Let's remove the entire Board. A Clean House at the first of the year sounds nice! Since everybody seems to be more concerned about the poor people losing their jobs, let's reconstitute the Board, get a real superintendent with his/her own cabinet and let's get busy with educational reform in Albany. We can do it!

I am not suggesting that we allow administrators who cheated to stay on board. Those administrators who just did not have a clue or looked the other way-not getting involved are not leaders at all. They MUST go! Children must know that if you don't stand for something; you'll fall for nothing - and FALL THEY MUST! Just to think we pay these people more than $100,000.00 each. Unthinkable in the business world. 6-figures and they had NO KNOWLEDGE!

Also, teachers who prompted students, encouraged students during the test, or just down right told students the answers - MUST BE REMOVED. These children must never again see people who taught them to cheat. Especially at West Town, OMG! As a matter of fact, these teachers MUST be removed for the children's sake! The children must know that crime DOES NOT PAY!

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 4 months ago

I am NOT a racist by any means. I was wondering when someone was going to put race in this issue. You are only showing your ignorance to the situation at hand. Maschke was only one voice on the board and he spoke up only for the others on the board in the past to not let him have a say so. Do your homework and you might just learn something and quit blaming race on everything. That is one of the problems with America and Albany today... racism. If I spoke out about something Obama did or didn't do would you still consider me a racist and also, how do you know what race I am? I could be African American for all you know. The stupidity & racism in this town is what is killing it along with the help of the DCSS.

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 4 months ago

Plus, the "failed four" have a history of breaking laws and doing unethical things while serving on the board. Where have you been for the past 2 or 3 years? I would have said the same thing no matter what race they are. They have failed our children and the taxpayers.

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news4thenews 2 years, 4 months ago

This is a shame. The sad part about this situation is many teachers spoke up and they were not heard before now and the report put in newspaper was skewed. The other sad part is...there were teachers who had done nothing wrong, yet because someone lied they were allegedly cheating. This whole mess needs to be handled and done with. I'm so tired of everytime I read my paper or look at the news there is some tidbit about this. They handled Atlanta and went on. They need to do the same here. I used to work in DCSS and for anyone who has not worked in the school system...I am one that will tell you; the teachers are the least of your problems. All the head administrative people and principals need to go. Then maybe there can be some type of restoration given to the system. This makes me sick to know so many of the real people who are doing wrong have been here for the past 15, 20, 30, and some 40 years are not being dealt with.(My grandchildren go to school here. I also have friends that have grandchildren in the schools. This is pitiful.) Their wrong doing is being covered over like always and even the GBI is apparently helping in this porcess. No wonder people did not answer many of their questions.The wrong doers are alwasys given the chance to move to another school or retire/quit. Teachers and others are being fired or made to quit. Why hasn't this been addressed?

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movedaway 2 years, 4 months ago

It is so sad what the Board of Education is doing or not doing. Their egos and ignorance are punishing the children of Dougherty County that don't have the family resources to send them to private school.

This situation hurts everyone: homeowners, businesses and workers. Property values will remain low because no one wants to move to Albany. Crime, unemployment and lack of resources go up because the citizens are not being property taught right from wrong or educated to the best of their ability.

I moved away from Dougherty County and more people that have the means to do so, will also leave. The lack of leadership in the city and county is mind-boggling in today's world.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 4 months ago

Maschke and Tharin have both spoken out against the practices of the board. Anything that is important Ealum refuses to vote. The votes have been divided along racial lines, so you cannot say it is not the race card. Most of the little clicks in the school system go way back. They grew up together and they stick together. If you are white, do not expect to get a long term substitute job or a paraprofessional. There are a few in the system, but they have been there for years.

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 3 months ago

You are exactly right. Glad someone has been paying attention besides me.

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Moe 2 years, 4 months ago

Looks like Rod Jolivette's wife was involved. Is anyone surprised?

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LGadson 2 years, 3 months ago

Extremely. She's a VERY good person. How dare you!

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LuLu 2 years, 3 months ago

Yes, she's just lovely. How dare he? Because her name is on the list. That's how dare he.

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marykat 2 years, 3 months ago

Don't you mean she is 'perceived' as a very good person? Looks are very deceiving and facts are facts.

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bubbavet 2 years, 3 months ago

THANKS I WAS JUST GOING TO SAY IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY.

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LGadson 2 years, 3 months ago

So I suppose your family is squeaky clean. Does that make you a righteous person? No more than a drug addict in the family would make you a Base Head!. And the word is 'THE'...Not 'DA'

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bubbavet 2 years, 3 months ago

RES IPSA LOQUITUR THAT SHOULD DRIVE YOU CRAZY

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 3 months ago

I noticed her name on their also. Not surprised though.

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mypersonalopinion 2 years, 4 months ago

This is not a good example to set for our children that are taught by the named cheaters. There is no leadership and especially no integrity. Don't care if they were instructed to help on the test with answers or to change the answers, Intergrity is what you do when no one is watching. That is what the school system is guilty of. Lack of intergrity. Lack of accountability. I believe everyone on the list should immediately be terminated. The entire school board should be replaced===From Murphree on down. He was named superintendent under suspecious conditions and he certainly has proven himself to be a failure. We need good leadership for the children. I don't know how these cheaters can face their piers and the children that they teach. Velvet Riggins is a prime example of trying to beat the system by the smirk on her face when the TV reporter tried to interview her. That is the way they feel== Entitled. I'm tired of people thinking they are entitled. I have worked all of my life and paid my taxes and never asked for any free services. What am I entitled to???

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rock 2 years, 4 months ago

Mention Ealum and you mention a person who will bury his head in the sand. Ask anyone who knew when he was a Marine Offficer. He epitomizes "Pretend you do not see it and it will be some elses troubles.

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Black_Falcon 2 years, 3 months ago

I was wondering when the finger pointing was going to begin. (It was this person’s fault. No it was the school board’s fault. No, it was the lawyer’s fault.) The fact of the matter is (in my humble opinion) the blame lies squarely on the citizens of Albany. There, I said it. As an electorate, we do not get what we ask for. We get what we demand. If we hold elected officials and school administrators accountable, then this cheating scandal would not be an issue. However, too many of us are too busy watching the latest reality show to be bothered about what our elected officials are doing. Sure, we will complain about certain instances on blog cites such as this, but how many people frequently attend school board meetings? City council meetings? If elected officials knew their feet were going to be held to the fire or else lose their job, you would see a difference. Indifference is a politician’s best friend. And, for the most part, too many people are content to go along with their daily lives and not pay that much attention to the local going-on of their elected officials. Yet, we have the nerve to complain. As for the school board, it seems as though the only time people complained was when the superintendent was going to give students an extra day out of school. Parents, who were going to be inconvenienced called and called. The extra day off was cancelled. Yet these same parents have no idea that their 5th grader can’t read or do math? So the only time parents are concerned is when they are going to be inconvenienced? Really? Just imagine if those same parents called and complained, better yet, went to the school board and demanded that their children be properly educated or there would be changes to the school board membership? As I stated earlier, indifference is a politician’s best friend. And the problem, not just in Albany but all around, is that too many people have become indifferent about anything of significance. To quote Thomas Jefferson, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

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Beth 2 years, 3 months ago

I wholeheartedly agree. I've got the same complaints as everybody else; however, I make sure I vote at every election, attend local community and school board meetings and stay extremely involved in my child's school activities. Buy your right to complain: Vote.

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 3 months ago

You are correct on a couple of points, but, you left out a couple of things, as well. The blame lies squarely on the citizens of Albany...that continue to elect folks because they throw a fish fry for everyone. You mention attending board meetings, etc. When are these meetings generally held? During "business hours" when the honest, hard-working folks are...working! Blog sites are about our only outlet because our voices are not heard otherwise. When a person highly involved in the scandal is terminated, only to be reinstated (with a vote strictly along racial lines), well, I hope you understand the cynicism that exists among the vast majority of us.

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strictlybusiness 2 years, 3 months ago

I really am not surprised by this report. I am a former employee of this system and know that the DCSS has been culture of corruption for a long time. Hopefully, they will make all of the professionals accountable for their acts but have my doubts.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 3 months ago

They ain't 10 people in Dougherty County who can understand the Mathematics behind the evidence but it is as solid as a rock. Therefore, the Attorneys for the Teacher/Union will have a very good year financially in 2012 and beyond. Atty. Stiller's remarks already indicate how he will go about obfuscating the facts.

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Albanite 2 years, 3 months ago

Then I must be one of the 10. I've read it - parts of it several times. Its a blistering indictment of an awful AWFUL school system - from the board through the superintendant to the principals and teachers named as cheaters. Not one of them has any business teaching nor making curriculum decisions. I am protective of my kids and wouldn't even want one of them to be in the same room exposed to such dishonest adults.

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Amazed2 2 years, 3 months ago

Sister_Ruby depending on who attended DCSS Math Classes and depending on if they were taught by a Teacher of the Year you might have a valid point but to anyone else with very basic math knowledge the numbers are not too difficult to follow.

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Jimboob 2 years, 3 months ago

Any teacher or administrator named in the report should be removed from the classroom now. Place them in some job not involved with education until a hearing and terminated. The Governor should remove the school board and hold new elections where no incumbent is allowed to run. The superintendent should be replaced by someone who has done this kind of thing before.

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LikeItIs 2 years, 3 months ago

As a former Albany resident, I find it entertaining to occasionally come back to the Herald to see the latest train wreck. The sad thing is that these slimeballs will regret not that they exhibited such astonishingly pathetic ethics, but that those impressionable minds they are charged with teaching will take away the lesson that their teachers were stupid for being caught, not for being morally decrepit. So very sad...

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B4Real 2 years, 3 months ago

@KaosinAlbany: Didn't call you racist. However, "ye protest too much," hummmm? Your singling out of the four either suggests that you can't read or maybe you are what you felt when you read my comment - the report is clear! The "Board's" behavior still persists! At any rate ignorance and homework is exactly what I'm speaking about. Maschke is no choir boy to the practices of the Board. It just depends on who's looking and what period you want to reference. How did Maschke vote when selecting the incompetence that abdicated her role to the Board of Education and simply collected a FAT check for the past decade. The kind of leadership vacuum that the investigators described suggests a whole system on auto-pilot for a whole generation (10+ years). You talk about doing my homework - There has been NO school going on in DCSS for a long time! Additionally, let's stay with the facts of the report. The entire Board should be replaced by the governor - immediately! Maschke has not earned any special immunity! He is an insincere micro-manager and has not questioned any of this leadership vacuum in the past years. They all need to GO - individually and/or collectively they are not good for our children!

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43cop 2 years, 3 months ago

No one wants to face the real truth that this started under Whatley and just continued until they got caught. She was familiar with it just as Bush and the several others were that are now on the DCSS Board. Caught is the real word that should apply and the 49 or more along with most of the DCSS Board should be replaced by the Governor. Come on Mr. Edwards, you can find a statue that applies to this. Let's get the ball rolling so we can replace these and hopefully and prayfully we would be able to find some respected teachers and administrators for this now disgraced school system. Merry Christmas to those teachers and administrators that managed to hold on to your respect and dignity.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 3 months ago

I have been really struggling with this issue since the report came out. The evidence, based on probabilities and statistics, is completely foolproof and completely devastating to anybody who claims that it happened by accident. However, after days of pondering, fuming, raging, blaming, and fighting off playing of the Race Card, I have come to what I think is the bottom line for me.

Right now is a watershed moment for the DCSS Board and the Superintendent. Their decision on how to address the CRCT situation, including the fate of the administrators and teachers with their various levels of culpability, WILL HAVE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON ALBANY'S FUTURE THAN ANY OTHER CONTEMPORARY ISSUE. Will they face facts, step up to their responsibilities, act swiftly and justly, and establish a toe-hold upon which to move from here to respectability? Or will they seek an "out", a reason to do nothing, or worse yet....maintain the same position that their past behavior has demonstrated, which could be considered nothing less than the entitlement mindset of protecting their own, no matter the offense.

To repeat: DCSS, your response to this situation will determine the fate of Albany, GA for the next 100 years. WILL YOU ACCEPT THIS RESPONSIBILITY? WILL YOU DO THE RIGHT THING, BEFORE ALMIGHT GOD? I pray with all my might that you will. Thank you.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 3 months ago

I have read the report of accusations, I read most of the opinions, and I hope you will read my opinion. This is only an opinion and things to think about.

Due process, the right to face your accusers, the right to counsel, the right to know what the accusations are against the accused, and so on and so forth. That is the beauty of the justice system.

I do not know the facts of the accused, I sure you dont know the facts, however, my opinion is that the truth will come out, and people named in the report will have their opportunity to clear their names.

The public court of opinion is just an opinion. The decission makers I'm sure will take their time and check the facts, before any decissions are made.

I pay taxes here in dougherty county, and I want to make sure that my taxes are spent wisely. The cost to train new personnel are greater than correcting and dealing with personnel that has the specific training.

I hope and pray that each person involve will get a detail review of thier tenured performance, and if they have made a mistake, it will be one in which they can learn from. The wheels of justice is slow, however, you have the right to appeal any decission you feel is not just.

My opinion is to keep them on the job, and deal with this, one case at a time. If we dot the eyes and cross the tees, we will arrive at a fair impartial decission everytime.

Know what to be upset about, support the children, teachers, administration, and most importantly yourselves. Let everyone do their job, try not to be critical, stop casting stones, and cast hope and prayers, seek God, he will get us through.

Thanks for reading my opinion.

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Jacob 2 years, 3 months ago

They traded their eithics and stole the future of our children for money, advancement and because it was the path of least resistance. You can't train someone to be ethical who is already an adult and allegedly a professional. We entrusted them with our most valuable asset and they returned that trust by selling out our children. This isn't like they didn't deliver pizzas on time or something. I for one, value my children and am disgusted that anyone would even consider allowing these cheap imitations of educators to maintain employment. Another thing, it wasn't a "mistake" that occurred here. It was thought out, considered, acted upon and fully executed. The only thing you got right was "know what to be upset about." It's the children. It always should have been, but it was clearly not. Now it's time to let them know they have value. Purge the 49 of shame.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 3 months ago

Why would you purge someone for accusations? Do you know the 49 and their values? Ethics training should always take place at every level. What will you do to help our children?

Due Process!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's not a joke. Look it up, dont take away their constitutional rights. They are trained professionals, we have invested tax dollars in them.

The wheels of justice are slow, but joy comes in the morning.

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Amazed2 2 years, 3 months ago

Bubbavet_rurell, you must be trying to raz some folks up those crazy comments. IF you are for reel then your real name must be BUBBA.

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Jacob 2 years, 3 months ago

Accusations? They confessed to cheating, so yes, I do know something about their values. We WASTED tax dollars on them, that's not an investment. It's time to cut our losses. Here's what I will do to help my children- move to a competent school district or put them in private school. DCCS is a laughing stock and you are robbing your children's future if you leave them here. It's your children, though. Leave them there and they will not reach their potential. For me, I care too much for my children to sacrifice them to the current clown show that is called a school system in Albany.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 3 months ago

That's what the report stated, let's see the evidence/facts. How will you help my children? Can you go out and give some volunteer time? I value your opinion, because, we all have one. But, what are some positive tips to help the system, we just cant give up on something we're judging from the outside. 2012 talk less and do more. Say what is really on your mind, don't hide behind your opinions on this issue.

The accused have rights, thanks to Georgia Legislation - Teacher's Fair Dismisal Act. Look it up and read it, this is the judicial process, we have to follow the constitution, including all the costly appeals.

Court of Public Opinion is just different Opinions, due process is real!!

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Spike 2 years, 3 months ago

We really need to start with the top. SCHOOL BOARD and SUPERINTENDENT MUST GO! Then we can "due process" the rest.

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