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Monday, November 14, 2011 - 5:27am

Cheating Probe May Net 60 Educators

State investigators say as many as 10 principals and 50 teachers could be caught up in a cheating investigation in Dougherty County.

Investigator Mike Bowers told the Albany Herald that he and fellow investigator Robert Wilson have conducted almost 600 interviews with educators in the south Georgia school district. Bowers said he hopes to have the final report finished by early December.

The Dougherty County school board is forming a tribunal to hold hearings for educators named in the report. The tribunal will make recommendations to the school board on how to handle each case.

It's the second of such probes Bowers has conducted. In July, a state report revealed widespread cheating in more than 40 Atlanta schools. The investigation could lead to criminal charges for nearly 180 educators.