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Aug. 8

August 8, 2010 --

How CRCT test scores trumped honesty Bankruptcy, successes preceded Pat Reid’s indictment Response to Athens chemical spill and fire fell short More Bibb educators caught in ethics probe

Aug. 7

August 7, 2010 --

Georgia voter registration rules called too difficult DeKalb cops write 30% fewer tickets Transgender employee rehired but won’t be working 12 ATL principals reassigned pending cheating investigation Perdue removes Warren Co. school board members

APS croons ‘Your Cheating Heart’ to 12 principals

APS croons 'Your Cheating Heart' to 12 principals
August 6, 2010 --

Superintendent Beverly Hall has reassigned principals at 12 Atlanta schools suspected of widespread cheating on the 2009 CRCT test and referred the names of 108 employees to state investigators. The actions were announced at 4:56 p.m. Friday, widely regarded as the ideal time to send out news if you want minimal coverage and no pesky reporters calling with questions.

Aug. 6

August 6, 2010 --

DeKalb CEO’s campaign manager recommended contract termination ATL code compliance officer accused of shakedown Cheating charge halts ATL fire promotions Cyber school supporters say charter commission depriving students Athens chemical spill killed 15K fish Catoosa Co. magistrate being kept from office Judge: Jury should hear Imperial Sugar damage claims Grand jury to consider Tybee tasing […]

Tim Echols, Public Service Commission candidate: $187,980

Tim Echols, Public Service Commission candidate: $187,980
August 6, 2010 --

Tim Echols, a nonprofit leader and political consultant running for the Georgia Public Service Commission, says he earned more than $120,000 last year plus a housing allowance and family health benefits worth another $67,000.

Georgia’s sex offender registry a mess, state auditors say

Georgia's sex offender registry a mess, state auditors say
August 5, 2010 --

Georgia’s sex offender registries are inaccurate, outdated and incomplete, potentially misleading the public about the threat posed by offenders in their communities, state auditor Russell Hinton says. Data conflicts with information kept by local sheriffs, it’s not updated promptly and it’s often inaccurate, the auditors found.

Aug. 5

August 5, 2010 --

ATL test-cheating probe fails to satisfy Feds probing Delta, AirTran conduct State missed boat, Troy Davis team argues DeKalb schools must respond to accreditation group How feds bungled Sherrod case Test finds toxin, but levels in Athens creek fall Accused Savannah high school grade changer gets new job Ex-Clayton police chief’s lawyer takes case to […]

Aug. 4

August 4, 2010 --

Transgender woman fired by state gets her job back State reviewing Atlanta’s CRCT cheating report T.I.’s club may lose liquor license Georgia makes worst stimulus projects list Cobb grand jury investigates court reporter fees Group calls for Cherokee commissioner’s ouster Inquiry into Hall Co. consultant payments may wrap up next month Inmates sue Camden County […]

2nd ethics panel attorney resigns after OIG probe

2nd ethics panel attorney resigns after OIG probe
August 4, 2010 --

The other shoe dropped Tuesday at the State Ethics Commission, as the agency’s lone remaining full-time attorney resigned. Tom Plank, a lawyer there since 2007 and the agency’s top administrator earlier this year, quit to take another job. Colleagues said Plank dropped off his resignation letter and left without saying what that job would be.

Aug. 3

August 3, 2010 --

DeKalb schools chief: Conflict of interest is ‘more widespread’ APS probe: No evidence of district-wide cheating Feds fine Athens rubber plant $125K for safety violations Child sex crime prompts 11th Circuit reversal

Aug. 2

August 2, 2010 --

109 ATL educators suspected of cheating Hazardous FEMA trailers resold in Georgia Ben DeCosta defends airport’s indoor advertising contract Publicity about affair led superintendent to resign EPD: No ‘significant impact’ from Athens chemical runoff

Should ‘incumbent protection’ help Dems defeat other Dems?

Should 'incumbent protection' help Dems defeat other Dems?
August 2, 2010 --

Literature denouncing candidate Graham Balch greeted voters as they opened their mailboxes in recent weeks in Georgia’s 39th Senate District. Voters were told Balch is a Republican, that he called Atlanta’s Grady High a “ghetto” school and deserved an “F” for his positions on education. In the fine print: Re-elect Sen. Vincent Fort. Tactics like these are common, if not predictable, before a contested election. The difference: Balch ran as a Democrat, and a state Democratic organization paid for the attack ads. Continue reading my Ethics Watch column in the AJC…