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Teacher named in CRCT report gets retirement

ALBANY, Ga. — The Dougherty County School Board voted unanimously to allow Gloria Mosely to retire Wednesday. She was one of several teachers and administrators named in a damning CRCT erasure report given to Gov. Nathan Deal last year.

Mosely, a teacher at West Town Elementary, asked to retire rather than face a tribunal process that school officials believe will be lengthy and expensive.

Dougherty County School Superintendent Joshua Murfree said any employee with enough years to be vested in the system and state retirement plans can resign at any point.

“A person in this situation has that right,” Murfree said. “If you have enough time, you can say, ‘look, this is as far as I want to go. I want to save face with me as an individual. I want to save face with my friends. I want to save face with this community.’

“So we want to be consistent as superintendent and consistent as a board and say that if she wants to retire or resign, we want to give her the right to do so.”

School Board Attorney Tommy Coleman has said repeatedly that because teachers and administrators are not “at-will” employees and instead have contracts, the board can’t just fire them without due process.

Coleman said at Wednesday’s school board meeting that even if Mosely had gone through the tribunal process and had been found to have violated school system policy and was terminated, she would still retain her full retirement benefits.

Mosely joins two DCSS principals named in the report who have also opted to retire.

Murfree said at the start of the board meeting that his staff was still working with state officials to see if the system will have to repay Title 1 funds that were received as a direct result of the system’s performance on the 2009 CRCT exams.

The Atlanta School System, which was also found to have participated in widespread cheating on the exams, is having to repay $363,000 it was awarded for its 2009 CRCT performance.

Coleman also told board members that the evidence used as the basis for the report filed late last year with Gov. Nathan Deal likely won’t make its way south of the gnat line until late February.

That evidence, which is part of an ongoing criminal probe into the cheating, will likely go to Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards first, before being presented to the school system.

The evidence was initially supposed to be here in early- to mid-February, but Coleman said he’s received word from Atlanta that it could be toward the latter part of the month before anything trickles down to Albany.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 6 months ago

Board: Prove you mean business, that you will "lead us out of this mess" by firing Mosely straight up.

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Jacob 2 years, 6 months ago

What #34 is unsure of covers a lot of ground....

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 6 months ago

You cant stop people from retiring. Even if she was fired, her retirement stays in tack.

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Jacob 2 years, 6 months ago

"Even if she was fired, her retirement stays in tack."

You sure it wouldn't somehow get out of tack?

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rock 2 years, 6 months ago

If she was fired for cause, retirement benefits go away... She lied and is being rewarded. GO DCSS.

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Cartman 2 years, 6 months ago

"You cant stop people from retiring."

Then why did the board vote at all?

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jglass 2 years, 6 months ago

Let her retire, however if she was compensated with extra income because of the CRCT scores during her reign as principal, deduct that money from her pay prior to her retiring. She did not deserve it while cheating.

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jglass 2 years, 6 months ago

Let her retire. If she received extra income due to the CRCT scores while she was the principal, then deduct that money from her income prior to retirement.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 6 months ago

you cant take away someone's retirement regardless.....so you are not hurting that teacher is she has enough years to retire. You just gave her a early vacation.....

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Cartman 2 years, 6 months ago

So they voted unanimously to not punish her at all? That makes them worse than her. Regardless of how it would affect her retirement benefits, her status upon leaving should reflect the shame in which her career ended. In view of the news regarding the Atlanta School System, the feds will likely require money to be repaid. I hope, but sincerely doubt, the board is responsible enough to file civil suits against Mrs. Mosely and the others to recoup the damages. They can garnish her retirement pay to collect on the judgment.

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whattheheck 2 years, 6 months ago

Dreamer, Cartman. We would pay a lot of money to "possibly" get a judgement that we would never collect. In reality, once a jury of peers is picked, getting a guilty verdict in Dougherty is a more than a small gamble.

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carter1971 2 years, 6 months ago

I am so glad she was able to retire. She was an excellent teacher that meant well.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 6 months ago

The board always votes on people who are hired and those who retire. That is nothing new.

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agirl_25 2 years, 6 months ago

Were she in the military she would have been retired out with a less than honorable discharge, probably a general one, for conduct and performance of duty was not so meritorious, and benefits would have been reduced greatly. As it stands she will be able to retire with not even a smack on the wrist. She is probably going to come back as a substitute too......what you want to bet?

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whattheheck 2 years, 6 months ago

You are correct about what the military can and sometimes does. However, I know it depends on whether the person is liked or not. Personally saw one general fired and retired with a reduction in rank (only because he had not held it long enough) and was not liked. Another was retired at full rank/pay and allowed to say he did it voluntarily although he was fired for cause--not even a slap on the wrist--because he was better liked before falling from grace. Those who are less senior may pay the full price but there is no certainty--again depending on "like" factor..

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SweetLou 2 years, 6 months ago

You mean like the Marines that killed 24 innocent civilians?

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FlunkyMonkey 2 years, 6 months ago

Damn==my tax dollars still going to support this liar. Kids,do as the adults in you life say, not as they do. Oh wait, kids if you want to get ahead in life, lie like a rug, cheat like a politician and retire at old people's expense. This makes me want to throw up!!

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DoctorDorite 2 years, 6 months ago

She can retire with a clean record, go to another county and apply for another job in a different school system, best of both worlds brought to you by your elected officials. What a mess this school system is in and people wonder why Tifton, Thomasville, Valdosta and Cordele are all growing with industry while Albany is terminal ???

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tywebb 2 years, 6 months ago

hopefully, the psc will "retire" their teaching certificates, too, so this can't happen.

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Shazza 2 years, 6 months ago

No truer statement has ever been said. Unfortunately Albany will never even come close to what these cities have accomplished until we can get the crap out of our goverment system and replace them with officials that have the common scense and education to run a productive society that we can all be proud of.

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Spike 2 years, 6 months ago

We need to decide what's more important. The teacher/principle/board member gone OR justice levied against them all? To have both would be everyone's desire but one way is quick and the other is long with no guarantee that justice is served.

I still think the main people that need to go begin with the board and the senior leadership.

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waltspecht 2 years, 6 months ago

This particular Teacher said she changed the answers at the direct instruction of her Principal, and feared for her job if she didn't. This is intimidation, and she probably would probably have prevailed at a Trial.

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Outtahere 2 years, 6 months ago

I think that is a good point Walt. I know we all want to see justice here but it sounds like we need to start with the higher ups like Spike said. It would have been interesting to see the outcome of the trial - there's no telling what new information we would have found out.

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lmerie 2 years, 6 months ago

Another question: since she is retiring, does the board and community need to make sure she is not hired back on as a part-time teacher?? With just a straight up retirement, there is nothing to prevent her from coming back into the school system, is there?

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Cartman 2 years, 6 months ago

So there is no incentive for a retirement-qualified teacher/principal to be honest? If caught, retire? That is a sad comment on the school board and a sad commentary on our community.

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darnette0101 2 years, 6 months ago

I would like to know how can she "save face"? She is now known to lie and cheat for the school system! Publicly! Her face can't be saved right now.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 5 months ago

She can save face b/c the majority of her tenure (many years) she did what she was supposed to do. Making a mistake at the end of her career should not be the only thing she is known for. She has touched the lives of many people positively. She deserves that much credit, while you are trying to exploit her mistakes.

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tywebb 2 years, 5 months ago

you don't know that. maybe she just didn't get caught until now.

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rorschach 2 years, 5 months ago

@agirl, I doubt if the military would discharge her for what she did. The military doesn't have an "off with their heads" mentality. Some offenses result in non judicial punishment and the offender might lose a pay grade and sometimes not even that, depending on the violation. It would not serve the military well to discharge everyone that breaks a law or violates a regulation because of the amount of training and money that has been invested in each member.

Also, that teacher has paid into a retirement system that is not controlled by or connected to the DCSS. If she has paid into that system for the required no. of years, she can walk anytime she wants to and her retirement pension cannot be garnished.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 5 months ago

I tried to tell them that.......

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Jacob 2 years, 5 months ago

No one listens to you anymore. You have spouted such nonsense that most who read your comments regularly just laugh at you, or skip your posts all together.

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