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Cheating investigation in Dougherty schools halted

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Dougherty County School Superintendent Joshua Murfree says that the school system is happy that Governor Deal has dropped the investigation into possible CRCT tampering.

Dr. Murfree released this statement this morning:

"When I became superintendent of the Dougherty County School System in 2010, I stated from the beginning that there is nothing to hide and that I would support our teachers and leadership in regards to the on-going investigation," said Dr. Joshua W. Murfree, Superintendent of the Dougherty County School System. "We have the best leaders and teachers in the country and when we put our arms around them and support them we will see a great improvement in the education of our children.  We are happy that Governor Deal has dropped the investigation of our system based on the results of the investigations that were carried out in 2009 and 2010. His office indicated agreement with our investigations that no cheating was found."

The governor, however, is still promising harsh punishment in the widespread cheating in Atlanta public schools.

An investigation shows educators at nearly four dozen Atlanta elementary and middle schools cheated on standardized tests by either helping students or changing the answers once exams were handed in.

The results of a yearlong state investigation shows that 178 teachers and 38 principals cheated, and the cheating dated as far back as 2001.