Community activist William Wright used a community forum Thursday night to rail against the Dougherty County School System’s decision last week to not renew the contracts of 26 teachers and administrators caught in the CRCT cheating fallout.
William Wright contends the CRCT investigation was a witch hunt. JD Sumner sees things a bit differently.
ALBANY — Community activist William Wright used a community forum Thursday night to rail against the Dougherty County School System’s decision last week to not renew the contracts of 26 teachers and administrators caught up in the governor’s CRCT cheating report and the indictment of an elementary school principal and school board member on school lunch fraud charges.
“We are being treated differently on certain things,” Wright, a former Albany-Dougherty NAACP president said. “We asked the Board to allow due process to take its course and they took those teachers jobs away anyway. We paid a Macon attorney $10,000 to tell us something we already knew (in the lunch fraud cases). So we paid $10,000 to get back, what? $300? It don’t make no sense.
“This is a witch hunt, plain and simple.”
When asked who he felt was orchestrating the “witch hunt,” Wright replied, “that’s what we have to find out. These teachers were trying to give lower income children a degree of hope. We’re not talking about right and wrong.
“Tell me this, why were all the teachers involved black? All of this so-called testing needs to be thrown out.”
The event, held in front of the Governmental Center, was held by Dougherty County Commissioner and State District 153 candidate Muarlean Edwards. Her daughter, school board member Velvet Riggins. has been indicted on school lunch fraud charges.
Called MADCAP (Making A Difference ... Community Action Positive) the gatherings are intended to be a series of mini-forums meant to address diverse and contradictory opinions by presenting stimulating conversation and information.
“I’m glad we are bringing this up,” event organizer Eddie Bankston said. “If we want to stop cheating we ought to give the children pencils without erasers on them. In the meantime we have four lawyers looking at evidence and the costs are rising faster than the meter on a taxi cab.”
DCSS substitute teacher Arrival Marks then spoke up.
“We are still operating under the oppressor’s curriculum,” she said. “And it is designed for our children to fail.”
A date for the next MADCAP community forum has yet to be determined.