An Atlanta television station is reporting that several principals once accused of wrongdoing in Atlanta's school cheating scandal have been quietly rehired. The educators are among 38 principals who were implicated in the cheating scandal last year in a report by state investigators.
Joshua Murfree, head of the Dougherty County School System, will leave his post on Dec. 18. Murfree replaced former superintendent Sally Whatley in June 2010 and took over just as a state probe into standardized test cheating began.
The Senate education committee unanimously passed a bill Monday that would revoke bonuses for Georgia teachers who cheat on standardized tests. The Democratic-backed legislation now goes to the full Senate for a vote before heading to the governor's desk.
State investigators have uncovered widespread cheating in a second public school district –- this time in Dougherty County in South Georgia. The report follows revelations earlier this year that nearly 200 educators cheated on state tests in Atlanta.
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.