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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 7:52am

Dougherty Schools Could Cut Jobs

As a probe into school cheating in a south Georgia school system enters its final days, the superintendent acknowledged for the first time that some educators will probably lose their jobs.

Dougherty County schools Superintendent Joshua Murfree tells the Albany Herald that the school system is prepared to hire "competent replacement teachers and administrators" if that becomes necessary.

The Herald obtained a copy of Murfree's initial blueprint for dealing with a crisis that could result if a state investigation finds widespread cheating.

Former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers, who is one of the investigators, said that after the findings are released to Gov. Nathan Deal in December, what happens next will "depend on the governor."

State officials are trying to determine whether cheating took place on Criterion-Referenced Competency tests.

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