Friday, May 14, 2010

GNB Update

Welcome to Friday at GNB...And now here's the news...

An investigation into the possible tampering of scores on standardized tests may soon come to an end. The Albany Herald reports that the state investigated 11 teachers from five school districts. But outgoing Dougherty County School Superintendent Dr. Sally Whatley told the Herald yesterday that none of those teachers are from her district. An official with the Governor's Office of Student Achievement says that around half of the 34 districts under scrutiny were cleared of any wrongdoing on Wednesday. Whatley is turning the job over to Dr. Joshua Murfree at the end of this schol year.

An update on the controversy surrounding the Bibb County School System. reports that the school board there narrowly voted to keep the contracts of acting supertindent Sylvia McGee, and assistant supertindent Mack Bullard last night. Earlier yesterday, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission voted to suspend their teaching certificates for not reporting educator misconduct. Director of Human Resources Myra Abrams also had her contract renewed at the Thursday night meeting. That's despite the possibility she could face a 20-day suspension as well.

A southwest Georgia teacher competes for top honors statewide. The Albany Herald reports that Lee County High School English teacher Coni Grebel is one of 10 candidates for Georgia Teacher of the Year. She was named one of the top 10 finalists out of 148 teachers.

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