April 17, 2013

3 ex-DeKalb educators indicted in cheating probe


Associated Press

DECATUR — Three former school administrators have been indicted in a CRCT cheating probe, DeKalb County District Attorney’s officials announced Tuesday.  

A grand jury indictment charges Angela Jennings, former principal of Rock Chapel Elementary School in Lithonia, with 16 offenses including public record fraud and computer forgery. Agnes Flanagan, former principal of Cedar Grove Middle School in Decatur, faces nine charges, including making false writings, public record fraud and forgery. Derek Wooten, former assistant principal at Stoneview Elementary School in Lithonia, faces 13 charges including public record fraud, making false statements and writings and computer forgery.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Flanagan is accused of altering student’s tests, Jennings is accused of removing students from enrollment records so their scores wouldn’t impact school averages, and Wooten is accused of altering attendance records to meet federal guidelines.

The school district will cooperate in the investigation into the alleged testing irregularities, DeKalb County School District Interim Superintendent Michael Thurmond said in a statement.

“We will respect the rights of the accused former employees while pledging our full cooperation to the district attorney’s office in getting this matter behind us,” Thurmond said. “The district attorney will have access to all the data and information the district has at its disposal.”

The school district worked with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to train employees to comply with testing protocols, said district spokeswoman Lillian Govus, adding that students who may have been affected by the alleged testing irregularities were given remedial classroom assistance.

It was unclear Tuesday if Jennings, Flanagan and Wooten had attorneys.

Announcement of the indictment came less than a month after nearly three dozen former Atlanta Public Schools officials were indicted in a CRCT cheating investigation.  

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com