The cause of an explosion and fire at a chemical processing facility in Valdosta remains unclear. A city spokeswoman said elevated pH levels of water inside the Perma-Fix facility delayed some of the on-site evaluations that need to be performed.
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.
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.
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.
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.