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Edwards gets last CRCT files

Dougherty County DA Greg Edwards

Dougherty County DA Greg Edwards

ALBANY -- Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said that his office had received a package Monday from the governor's CRCT investigators containing what he hopes are the last of the case files needed to move foreward with the judicial and administrative phase of the cheating scandal.

"We did receive a package from them (investigators) yesterday and I hope we finally have all of the case files," Edwards said Tuesday. "I have assigned two members of my staff to review the files. They are voluminous, more than 3,000 pages. It is a time-consuming process."

The assistant reviewing the bulk of the files is Lewis Norris.

"Lewis was assigned to review the files because he's not from Albany and has no connection to anybody mentioned in the case files," Edwards said.

Edwards' office is reviewing the files for possible criminal prosecution. The bulk of the case files -- possibly all of the files -- eventually will be turned over Dougherty County School System Attorney Tommy Coleman.

After Coleman reviews the files, the cases will be turned over to a tribunal system, which will conduct individual hearings and make recommendations to the Dougherty School Board.

The Board's options range from doing nothing to termination of employment.

Of the original 49 educators implicated in the 293-page CRCT investigator's report, 42 remain in limbo. In January, two teachers were fired, two principals retired and three teachers are no longer in the system.

Comments

coachjohnson42 2 years, 9 months ago

So what Terry.....No tribunal has taken place, and no one has been charged yet. This was not even worth reporting. Why don't you do a story on called, "GUILTY, in the eyes of the Media"....??? Then, explain how these teachers were punished by the media before the Board of Education could do a tribunal or charged by the police. Your venomous reporting of this story has played a role in the destruction of these teacher's reputations before they could ever have a trial or tribunal. Is that fair? What is your motive? Why do you care so much about destroying these teachers? What good is going to come of it? No, I dont support cheating teachers, but I do support "due-process"......so leave them alone until they have their day in court!!! GIVE IT A REST TERRY!!!! If they get found guilty and lose their jobs, then you can celebrate and scream "ROLL TIDE"....and roll on the floor.......BUT THIS IS A DEAD ISSUE UNTIL THEN....

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Terry.Lewis 2 years, 9 months ago

Coach, they can't get their "day in court" until the DA reviews all of the case files for possible prosecution. I don't think criminal charges will be forthcoming, but the DA must review the files regardless. The story is about all of the files finally arriving in Albany which means the process (and it is a process) can move on to the next phase. Believe it or not that is news.

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 9 months ago

Dang it Terry you will confuse him with facts.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 9 months ago

What's dead is the majority of your brain cells..........cj42, you got some strong hooch working on your brain over there........

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VSU 2 years, 9 months ago

Coach doesn't know the definition of news.

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tywebb 2 years, 9 months ago

in my opinion, if there's even ONE teacher who MIGHT be involved with cheating students out of an education, that's a story! Corch, were you one of the 49? maybe a friend of yours? I think the only reason you support "due-process" is because it's happened to someone you know! TOO BAD FOR THEM!!!!!!

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Sixty 2 years, 9 months ago

Wrong coach - This is not a dead issue. A paper reporting on where the investigation stands now is news. I know you want it to be a dead issue but that does not make it so. This is not just local news but it is national news.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 9 months ago

Wow.....I really nailed Terry "Roll Tide" Lewis that time didnt I???

(patting myself on the back)

lol

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Local 2 years, 9 months ago

Well said, Coach, well said!

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 9 months ago

Thanks Local.......they hate it when I tell the truth........

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tywebb 2 years, 9 months ago

and you obviously hate it when you and your kind (unethical people) get busted

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 9 months ago

I agree, public opinion has already found these poor teachers guilty of cheating. They have been talked about, lied on, used and mistreated. I get comfort when I study that Jesus was treated the same - Yet still he, I, and his teachers will rise.

Love and respect is in the heart's of people like Coach and Bubbavet_rureel. Sister_Ruby, tywebb, VSU, and the others, please be our friend.

Bubbavet_rureel

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tywebb 2 years, 9 months ago

seriously? you're comparing yourself and these cheaters to Jesus? you've got to be kidding me!!!!
please explain HOW these teachers have been lied on, used, & mistreated. On the other hand, EVIDENCE has been found by independent investigators that shows that they were, in some way, involved in the cheating. There's that little word that keeps popping up....evidence. huh....that's weird. gonna pass on the whole friend thing....again. sorry

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 9 months ago

Amen Bubba....they are not the only ones...WALB played a role in it also....Teachers are humans too and some make mistakes.....they cant be perfect all the time.....

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tywebb 2 years, 9 months ago

wah wah wah....cry me a freakin' river! corch, don't worry, you'll eventually get your day in court

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LuLu 2 years, 9 months ago

Cheating or alleged cheating isn't a "mistake". It is deception and dishonesty, period.

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LuLu 2 years, 9 months ago

At this point, it is OVERWHELMINGLY obvious that coach either IS one of the accused teachers or is closely related to one or more of them. There's no other explanation as to why on Earth he continues to defend these people over the children. He must not be a father or grandfather.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 9 months ago

At this point it is obvious that LuLu is retarded......I am no teacher sweetie!! But I know injustice when I see it. If you have any brains you can see that these teachers are victims of a modern-day "rush to judgement". Guilty or not, those teacher's reputations have been tarnished because of this editor, the local media, and pure haters....Why else would Terry Lewis go after these people so hard??? Its a combination of many things...like jealousy, politics, money, power, control over the BOE, hatred of the current SUPER who had nothing to do with it, and an obvious attempt to trash the system in hopes of regaining power over the BOE, and DCSS......Its so easy to see what this is all about. We figured this out a long time ago. You probably wont admit it abytaxpayer...but their is a serious secret motive behind this paper's attempt to trash the DCSS by over-reporting and exploiting this scandal. Do you really think we believe your are soo heart-broken that the children involved are going to scarred for life??? Instead of always being so hateful.....I challenge you to do just one simple thing...THINK....and ask yourself....Why is this paper after these people so hard? What is the real reason??? Have they ever had this much enthusiasm reporting about people being "accused" of anything without a court date or tribunal/hearing??? What is their motive???? Have they been bought off???? Do you think this paper really cares about those poor innocent little inner city youths who were involved in the cheating process??? NO!!! Who's behind it this???? This conspiracy was solved a long time ago......Save the hate......and I challenge you to think.....the writing is right there on the wall.........JUST READ IT!!!

THE COACH HAS SPOKEN

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Terry.Lewis 2 years, 9 months ago

Coach, you might ask the board why they have CRCT updates at each board meeting. Do you think they are over working the issue, or do you think they might understand it is an actual and real problem that has to be dealt with before the DCSS can move into the light? Try reading a DCSS Board agenda every now and then. It might be enlightening..

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 9 months ago

Ok Terry if Coach's head explodes it is on your hands. Once again you are giving him FACTs and he just has a hard time dealing with Facts not twisted and spun to fit in his world.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 9 months ago

There you go again.....SMH..........just stupid!

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 9 months ago

They don't have a choice now Terry....you stirred the pot, and made it hot......now they are forced to eat that stew you made.

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tywebb 2 years, 9 months ago

TERRY, Thank you for stirring the pot and making/keeping this a hot topic! Everyone in this community SHOULD be ticked off about it. But, obviously, there are some who never will be because they can't see evidence and truth through their race-colored glasses. CORCH, These idiots made the stew themselves! Terry just dished it out for everyone to taste....and everyone except YOU, bubbavet_rureel, and bubbaredneck thinks it tastes like crapola!!!!

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 9 months ago

Wow Coach that is just amazing; your psychic powers are so great.

Apparently you are stone cold hearted if you too can’t also be heart-broken that the children involved are going to be scarred for life. Proudly I have seen the problem and am not shy about speaking out for a change for the betterment of the students.

If DCSS can have HIGH quality Teachers at Westover that are capable of leading their students to be “The Best of the Best in Georgia” why can’t we demand the same in all our schools? Why not make room for a Great Teacher by removing a Teacher so lacking in ability that rather than strive to lead as the Great Teachers do they just take short cuts and erase and change answers no matter the damage to the students. The poor quality will always be a handicap to those helped with answers while the High quality educated students will be better prepared for life. A quality education is something no one can take away from a person but a low quality education is a hurdle many find hard to overcome. You see my call for improvement as hateful while I see it as hopeful for a better future for our children.

Darn it all.... Coach you are right about one thing! There is a serious SECRET motive behind this paper's attempt to trash the DCSS. The Heralds knows that every child who is passed along with a poor education becomes an Adult with a poor education. Poorly educated adults are grossly less likely to read a paper than higher educated adults. So for the Herald to stay in business they need people who know the value of reading a paper. That is their sinister plan: Help create their future readers for their own greedy desire to have a job in the future.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 9 months ago

Terry, I see you didn't answer those questions I posted in the earlier post....Why not? Are you afraid of spilling the beans and revealing your sponsors? I know you are not doing this just to sell newspapers. (and The Herald is not paying you that much.) Did you come from the Albany Journal or something? Who bought you off?

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Justice4Moma 2 years, 9 months ago

People like you coach need to get a real life.You live to stir up trouble.And i dont know you,but reading what you write you have to be working for someone in high places to think you know as much as you think you do.There are people who care about what our kids do,and what they learn.And as for the remark you made to LU lu"At this point it is obvious that LuLu is retarded......"That just shows how low of a person you are.I think you need to get on your hands and knees and talk to someone who might can help you.Before its to late.But i am no judge of anyone,just saying what my heart tells me is right.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 9 months ago

Lulu insulted me first so I had nail her......it happens. I'm a big boy and I can squash my own bugs...... as for you??? Do you have anything intelligent to say about Terry Lewis and this whole conspiracy against the DCSS??? If not....hush!

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Terry.Lewis 2 years, 9 months ago

Wait a minute. Let me get this straight. Are you saying I am at the center of a conspiracy against the DCSS involving CRCT cheating?

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tywebb 2 years, 9 months ago

conspiracy? wth are you talking about? have you totally lost your mind? That's a rhetorical question, which means you don't have to answer it, we already know the answer

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LuLu 2 years, 9 months ago

Wait.. what? You staunchly defend these people day in and day out, yet you consider it an INSULT that I think you may be one of them??

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Justice4Moma 2 years, 9 months ago

As of matter a fact i do.Terry is doing his job,and doing it well.If not you would not be here with your remarks.And as for DCSS,if you cheat you get cought.Our School System has went to hell.And the kids are the ones being hurt,that pisses me off.I dont care who you are,what color you are,how much money you have.I only stand up for what is right,and JUSTICE 4 ALL.

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LuLu 2 years, 9 months ago

Yeah, you nailed me good, coach. Ouch! Maybe we could all take up a collection and buy coach a dictionary..

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bubbasmithredneck 2 years, 9 months ago

Good to see the Coach is back.....and on fire!!!

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tywebb 2 years, 9 months ago

why, were you tired of cheering on rureel? that's all you do. you don't ever add ANYTHING to the conversation......good OR bad. all you say is.....good one coach OR you tell 'em bubbavetrureel. quit being a little infantile butt kisser and add something or Shut up.

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gotanyfacts 2 years, 9 months ago

Wow, Coach! There's a nerve there that could use a little xylocaine. In reading this and a couple of previous articles regarding the CRCT, I find nothing that I would call "venomous reporting". Terry seems to have reported the information rather straightforwardly. I think you are foisting upon Terry your frustrations with the fact that many posters seem to have prejudged everyone named in the investigation. Unfortunately, whenever accusations are made people's reputations are tarnished and rarely regain their former luster. Would you have the Herald redact all names in their reporting? Even if they did, due to openness laws, the names would end up published and then the Herald would be accused of covering up. Hopefully, the Herald will make a point of identifying anyone cleared of wrongdoing as prominently as those found guilty.

As for Terry not answering your questions, he probably would if there was a reasonable question in the bunch. Review your posts. Take out the accusations masquerading as questions. Take out the requests for explanation of your accusations. If there is one left, try it out.

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CJ_Fan 2 years, 9 months ago

HOLD on EVERYONE Coach is Right!!! There is a conspiracy against DCSS about the cheating. It goes like this

  1. Teachers unable to teacher their children conspire to cover up their poor teaching skills by erasing and improving the test scores while doing nothing to improve the children’s education.
  2. Finding the easy way out one teacher tells another and the ones with NO self-esteem erase also. Much easier than trying to teach the correct answers just erase and fill in.
  3. At this point I am not real clear how but Principals work into the conspiracy. Either by spreading the word about the ease of erasing or they know from their day to day dealings with the suspected cheating teachers that they did something dishonest because they know firsthand that teacher is incapable of producing that high of scores by her teaching alone. But none the less they hide the TRUTH. Some when questioned even invoked their Fifth Amendment rights so they did not have to tell the TRUTH.
  4. After the test screeners find a high number of eraser marks of the test sheets they raise a red flag. The DCSS Board conspires to cover up the unusual high rate of erasures by hiring an outside counsel who agrees with the Board’s “there is nothing wrong here” but who the state investigators said “he was unqualified to conduct the investigation and was woefully inadequate.”
  5. The State of Georgia investigators find cheating in 14 schools in DCSS but decide to only spend time on the biggest group of erasures in 11 schools.
  6. Terry Lewis takes press releases given to him and prints them in the Herald. Terry no matter what Coach claims does not lay awake at night dreaming up things to say, he just repeats information given him by the DCSS Board or the State of Georgia.
  7. Unlike the “we are happy to be mediocre crew” always expressing their opinion NOT ONCE do you see Terry saying in my opinion……. ALL information he writes is from others with nothing he made up added.

In recap the Conspiracy was started by Teachers taking short cuts and DCSS conspired to cover up the cheating to insure their Federal Funding with no regard for the damage done to the kids. So Coach is right: But the conspiracy runs from teachers to board members who conspired to cheat the kids out of a Quality Education. But poor Terry he is just relaying the FACTS.

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Justice4Moma 2 years, 9 months ago

The thing that gets me is no matter what Edwards says,he will have no control over it.You see he is just a small pea in the pod.There are others that will not let him take action against any of them in the School System.Dont you know by now that the DCSS is there own judge,jury.They will not allow any out siders to judge them.Even tho it is our kids,and our money that runs the DCSS.We will not have a say in it.Watch what i say.They may get fired,but i bet no charges will come of it,and all will still be getting money.But that is the way this world has become like it is.The people( OUR Leaders) Have showed there true colors to many times.They stand up for each other,not for what is right in the eyes of the law.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 9 months ago

From: Bubbavet_rureel, Your opinions - on this matter are welcomed, however, the teachers will get due process, just like the popular gentleman in Floridia (The Hoodie Incident). Teachers hang in there, be stead fast, and wait on Jesus, because as you see, man will let you down, man will convict you before a fair hearing.

Bubbavet_rureel

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 9 months ago

Truer words never spoken

Man will let you down.

This is how Coach and Crew explain to our children why they are NOT demanding better teachers for them.

BTW you Acknowledge you post a lot of opinions so how about Acknowledging Fan above posted facts and you and your crew can’t spin them so you ignore the facts. You claim the teachers will get due process But you ignore the kids were robbed and mostly likely will suffer the rest of their lives because people like your Crew as just so happy with who you have now.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 9 months ago

What facts do you have that the kids were robbed and mostly likely will suffer the rest of their lives?

What have you done positive to change the outcome?

You have never seen any evidence against the teachers, yet you routinley bash their integrity, the teachers are not concern with your negative comments, get over youself, learn the facts, being accussed is not the end, ask Hillard, he accussed men of something they did not do. If theses men would have been arrested, they would have the opportunity for due process, you have not heard the teachers side of the story.

Be my friend, can you do that?

Bubbavet_rureel

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 9 months ago

Bub you are Coach are all the Facts we need of a poor education will hold you back all your life.

I work with tutoring children and I see firsthand what teachers are NOT doing in DCSS…….What do you do beside throw stones at those who want better for our kids.

I have not seen the evidence....but unlike Hillard (another disgrace for Albany) the investigators had no motive to find evidence of cheating against only a select few and unlike Hilliard's words they saw solid proof by the erase marks. My comments are only directed at the Lying, cheating, stealing teachers and those who SUPPORT them because unlike you I desire for the Best opportunity for our children. DCSS has MANY High Quality Teachers and if we remove the undesirable teachers we make room for even MORE HIGH Quality Teachers.

I will be your "Friend" because without my support (Blessed by Jesus) you have NOTHING going for you. Just remember I Support for a BETTER Tomorrow and not just the same old same old. So be my Friend and Stand for a Better tomorrow for the children.

In years to come Will the children look back and say you gave them a hand up or you are the MAN who let them down?

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 9 months ago

See you are wrong, the test are buried 100 ft down in a bunker, they have not been seen by the people you referenced, you bash the teachers, called them liars and cheaters, and question their integrity, you dont know jack, your opinion is misguided at best. You wait and see how due process works.

I know more about how things work than you. Your'e all talk and know action.

However, you can still be my friend, can you do that? Facts only matter, not the negative crap your'e rapping. Get over it brother!

Bubbavet_rureel

I up all night, keep it coming!

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 9 months ago

Your right no investigators have seen anything their just picking on DCSS.

Your right the Alleged cheating, lying (Ok some just took the 5th) did not cheat the children who’s test they erased.

I have seen your due process, it is about how little if any will the punishment be, not are they guilty or not.

Odd you say I am all talk, I work with tutoring children AGAIN I ask what do you do????????

Bub you are still my Friend because without a poster child like you there would be no Support for a BETTER Tomorrow and everyone would be as happy as you are with the way things are.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 9 months ago

If you tutor children then what is the problem? Please give us some positive solutions, firing everyone is not practical, you bash and belittle teachers on a regular bases, you talk as if you could not make it full-time teaching the students, were you fired because of your negative attitude?

How can you make a better tomorrow, were there is no trash talking but support talking, where you can make something good out of somethng bad etc...

Homework, look up the following:

  1. Due Process
  2. Probabilties
  3. Speculation
  4. Opinions
  5. Facts
  6. Positive
  7. Negative
  8. Friends
  9. Leader
  10. Follower

Lead follow are get out the way, were looking for a better future, and we need leaders with solutions, not trash talkers with problems. How can we fix it legally?

I still value your opinion, by your own admission, we are friends.

Bubbavet_rureel, school is in, keep seeking instruction, and I will keep providing.

Be my friend, can you do that?

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 9 months ago

If you tutor children then what is the problem?

Poor Leadership

Please give us some positive solutions

Vote for qualified board members

firing everyone is not practical; you bash and belittle teachers on a regular bases.

That is your spin to divert attention from the truth...I have only talked about firing the very FEW who were CAUGHT cheating.

You don't want REAL change if you did you would be spending your energy seeking better instead of defending the worst choices for the children. You should be friends to the kids and strive to help them be the BEST they can. You’re the kind of guy riding around with three good tires and one bald tire on your car and not worrying because you think the odds are only 1 in 4 you are going to have a flat. The fact is that bald tire is going to let you down, and all it would take is a better tire so you’re not left sitting on the side of the road while others drive past you.

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