Dougherty County superintendent, official clash over anonymous tips

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Dougherty County Schools Superintendent Joshua Murfree is urging state investigators not to accept anonymous tips or emails as they investigate whether cheating on state tests took place in the south Georgia school system.

Richard Hyde, the state's lead investigator in the probe, responded by saying the superintendent's advice to ignore anonymous tips is "absurd."

At a Tuesday news conference, Murfree also urged teachers and administrators who suspect unethical behavior regarding state testing to come to him first.

But Hyde said that tipsters should call his tip line directly and not go through the school system.

Gov. Nathan Deal has said he wants to continue a state probe into possible cheating on standardized tests in Dougherty County schools. A state investigation into Atlanta Public Schools uncovered widespread cheating in that district.

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