Investigator: teachers aiding Ga. schools probe

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - The lead investigator for Gov. Nathan Deal's probe of school test cheating in Dougherty County says several teachers have confessed or provided tips that have helped his team.

The Albany Herald reports that the investigator, Richard Hyde, says the investigative team will returning in force to Albany when school starts in August.

Hyde says he expects to offer immunity to teachers and administrators who step forward with information, as was the case in the investigation of Atlanta public schools.

A governor's report on the Atlanta investigation released last week found cheating in 44 of the 56 Atlanta schools examined and that 178 teachers and principals in the system had cheated.

Dougherty County school system attorney Tommy Coleman said last week that the system will give investigators whatever assistance they need.

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