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Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
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Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
A Dougherty County teacher who rejected a suspension deal may lose her job after being named in the 2009 CRCT cheating report.
Wednesday a tribunal agreed with the superintendent's recommendation not to renew her contract.
The evidence made the difference in the hearing for Nikki Lyons, a former fourth grade teacher at Turner Elementary.
School system attorney, Flin Coleman, played hours of tapes of GBI agents interviewing Lyons, asking what could have caused the high number of wrong to right erasures on the CRCT in her classroom.
Lyons admitted to telling students to look over their work again, and using positive reinforcement.
Her attorney, Howard Stiller, says that was her first year as a teacher and she didn't receive proper training.
But the tribunal said factual evidence is why they ruled in the school system's favor.
"If you're making just a general statement, that's not a violation, but when you go by and look and say check your answers and give specific directions to a student, even if you're not giving them the exact number, then that's still coaching. And that is not permissible in testing," explained Gary Walker, the tribunal chairman.
"I'm disappointed in the decision. I believe that there were unique circumstances in this case because Miss Lyons was a first year teacher and I believe her training for giving the tests were somewhere in between non existent and inadequate," said Stiller.
The school board will vote on the tribunal's recommendation. Stiller says once that decision is made they will decide if they want to appeal.
The tribunal can only agree or disagree with the superintendent's decision. They can't lessen the punishment, but the school board can.
The school system's attorney and the attorneys for six other teachers who were accused of similar cheating methods came to a settlement of a 40 contract day suspension. And the tribunal agreed on the deal.
Lyons was given this same offer, but wanted to have her own hearing.