Fri., October 5, 2012 11:59am
A new leader whom state officials hoped would bring stability to a child protection office in Columbus now under law enforcement scrutiny has resigned just months into his new job. Jose Marrero, director of the Muscogee County office of the Division of Family and Children Services, is leaving a position he started in July. It was not immediately clear when his resignation will take effect.
Fri., April 27, 2012 2:00pm
Coweta's Chief Superior Court Judge William F. Lee Jr. says he will retire amid an investigation by the state's judicial watchdog agency.
Thu., November 17, 2011 5:33pm
Low pH balance levels killed fish in Reedy and Brier creeks in Jefferson and Burke Counties, according to a state investigation.
Thu., August 25, 2011 4:49pm
Georgia state investigators who uncovered widespread cheating in Atlanta Public Schools earlier this year now say they’ve found evidence of cheating in a second school system. Officials flagged half of Dougherty County schools for cheating after they found high numbers of erasures on state tests. The inquiry is about half done, but investigators have confirmed cheating in every school they’ve visited so far.
Mon., August 1, 2011 8:25am
Investigators say they will start focusing this week on possible cheating on standardized tests in Dougherty County schools. The review of the southwest Georgia district is part of a probe ordered by then-Gov. Sonny Perdue that has already documented widespread cheating on standardized tests in Atlanta schools. Gov. Nathan Deal's lead investigator, Richard Hyde, told the Athens Banner-Herald that the Dougherty County phase of the investigation will begin in earnest on Friday.
Wed., July 27, 2011 5:37pm
The superintendent of Baker County schools says he takes full responsibility for his system now under investigation for financial problems. Freddie Thompson says when he took over in January, the district was already in financial disarray. A local citizen group has questioned district spending in the face of poor student achievement. Baker County schools recently failed to make federal benchmarks of Annual Yearly Progress.
Wed., July 20, 2011 2:45pm
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division is investigating the dumping of medical waste near the Satilla River in Ware County.
Mon., July 18, 2011 2:45pm
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he has been in contact with the department's investigative arm about test cheating scandals in schools, including a widespread one in Atlanta.
Fri., July 8, 2011 8:36am
Governor Nathan Deal says he wants to continue a state probe into possible cheating on standardized tests in Dougherty County schools. Deal said Thursday he has authorized two special investigators to complete the probe they began nearly a year ago. The governor had said earlier in the week that the south Georgia school district was dropped from a state investigation because he was satisfied with the district's internal probe.
Thu., November 25, 2010 8:22am
Georgia authorities found evidence of arson in connection with a large wildfire near the Florida state line.