APS turned up the volume in its smack down with the investigatory team appointed last year by Gov. Sonny Perdue to probe CRCT cheating in district schools.
The embattled system fired off a three-page defense calling the investigators’ accusations of central office intimidation and obstruction “highly improper during a pending investigation.”
What’s interesting to me is that this intensifying battle between the state and APS pits two former DeKalb prosecutors against one another.
Former DeKalb District Attorney Bob Wilson is part of the three-person team assembled by Gov. Sonny Perdue to figure out where and how cheating occurred on the 2009 CRCT and who in APS is responsible.
One of the lawyers for APS is former DeKalb DA J. Tom. Morgan. (The other is notable Atlanta attorney Robert S. Highsmith Jr., who served as Deputy Executive Counsel for Perdue. )
Both Wilson and Morgan are well respected in DeKalb. Neither ever struck me as a wild-eyed, shoot-from-the-hip type. Wilson and Morgan both seem reasoned, rationale and calm. So, it is interesting to see them on opposite sides in this APS melt-down and trading charges.
I also find it interesting that Mike Bowers is part of the Perdue triumvirate looking into the CRCT score disparities in Atlanta schools. At the same time that Bowers is working on behalf of the state in the CRCT cheating probe, he is suing the state on behalf of Gwinnett County over the Legislature’s creation of a commission that can override local boards and approve charters.
(By the way, the Supreme Court decision in that charter school appeal should be coming soon. I hear now that a ruling could come next month, but I have been given two other dates from folks involved in the case and those dates have come and gone. In other words, the Supremes move at their own pace.)
–By Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get School blog.