Agreement with state benefits Deal’s firm Imperial officials say turf conflict slowed safety efforts before Port Wentworth fire
Atlanta’s public school system has found no “concrete, non-statistical evidence” of cheating on fifth-grade CRCT tests last year at Deerwood Academy. State officials in June said a disproportionate number of erasures suggested Deerwood students’ answers had been changed improperly. But attorney Penn Payne, hired to investigate the case for APS, blamed the discrepancies today on “negligence in record keeping, lack of energy and diligence in following the rules, and supervisory failure.” Read on to download the full report.
Aug. 20, 2009 — Death row inmate Troy Davis won a new hearing this week in the 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. But the case will focus as much, if not moreso, on whether he could have proved his innocence earlier. Davis’s lawyers have pulled together affidavits from witnesses claiming they lied on the stand or that another man is the real killer. Critics say the affidavits are not persuasive. Here’s your chance to read and decide for yourself.
Atlanta Unfiltered (that would be me) is one of three winners of $1,000 investigative fellowships from Investigative Reporters and Editors for 2009. The two other winners were Jonathan Jones and Anna Sussman, founders of backpackjournalist.org, which reports on stories of global interest from Africa, India and Southeast Asia. (Check them out. We are humbled to be mentioned in the same breath.) You, too, can support Atlanta Unfiltered’s watchdog journalism. How? Read on.
Gene Walker has resigned as chairman of the DeKalb County Development Authority, two months after an uproar over his dual role as a member of the authority and the DeKalb Board of Education. Walker stepped down just days after the authority released a draft of guidelines for issuing property tax breaks as incentives for new development in DeKalb. The guidelines give the DeKalb County Commission a seat at the table, but make no mention of the Board of Education.
State names director of stimulus accountability
A four-day jaunt to sunny Southern California. Braves games, concerts, golf and charter boat excursions. Weekends at Amelia Island, Sandestin and Biloxi. You and I have to pay for summer diversions like these. But public disclosures show lobbyists treated your Georgia legislators to all this and more, just since May 1. Lobbyists dropped more than $193,000 cozying up to lawmakers in May, June and July, even though legislators went home for the year on April 3.
There was no fun in the sun for the four legislators who flew last month to Pasadena, Cal., said Tom Lewis, lobbyist for Georgia State University. “No golf, no beaches, no nothing else,” he said. “This was pretty much a cut-and-dried educational trip.”
Fired DeKalb County Police Chief Terrell Bolton was insubordinate, misused county vehicles and repeatedly engaged in conduct unbecoming an officer, an administrative hearing officer has ruled. Download the full decision.
State Ethics Commission head quits Ex-DeKalb chief Bolton’s firing upheld City of Atlanta racks up $80K late fee
Atlanta’s public pension funds are $1.2 billion in the hole, largely the result of shortsighted decisions at City Hall over the last eight years. A new report calls, among other things, for slashing benefits for new employees. But those steps won’t help much with the funds’ current liabilities. Legally, the city cannot take back benefits that workers have already earned. Read how four candidates for mayor want to fix things.
Supreme Court says Troy Davis should get new hearing DeKalb educator faces firing over CRCT cheating scandal Report: Atlanta must cut pensions