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DCSS will look closer at teachers

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County School system will use a new system to verify credentials after a fired teacher faked his college transcripts.

They are considering using a website clearinghouse that will check transcripts for them, but that comes at a price.

While the Dougherty County School system already had a policy in place to check out new hires, changes in technology, like high tech computers and printers, are what have necessitated the need to go a step further.

You probably remember the story of former Albany High Teacher Abraham Wesley.  He was fired after sending a student sexually explicit text messages and then showing up at a hotel to meet her.

After he was fired, it was revealed that he faked his college transcripts in order to get the job.   

"It's important to us that people who mean harm to children are not employed," said School Public Information Officer R. D. Harter. "The Dougherty County School System, because of this incident, will go back and review all certified employee files and we have Identified a means of checking or verifying credentials through a website, a national clearinghouse."

The service is already used by thousands of schools and colleges across the country, including Albany Tech and Albany State University.


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