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      DCSS elated after CRCT probe dropped

      It's a very good day for officials with the Dougherty County School System. Administrators are speaking out a day after they found out the probe into CRCT cheating allegations has been dropped.

      Governor Nathan Deal said he could find no wrong-doing in Dougherty County, the same day his office released a report detailing widespread cheating in Atlanta by teachers and administrators in elementary and high schools.

      I was on edge. I heard about the Atlanta announcement, I went to the governor TMs website. I watched the video of governor deal's announcement, said R.D. Harter of the Dougherty County School System. It was a surprise to learn later that they had dropped the investigation against us and a welcome surprise.

      Current Dougherty County School System Superintendent Dr. Joshua Murfree released a statement this morning pertaining to the probe:

      "When I became superintendent of the Dougherty County School System in 2010, I stated from the beginning that there is nothing to hide and that I would support our teachers and leadership in regards to the on-going investigation," said Dr. Joshua W. Murfree, Superintendent of the Dougherty County School System. "We have the best leaders and teachers in the country and when we put our arms around them and support them we will see a great improvement in the education of our children. We are happy that Governor Deal has dropped the investigation of our system based on the results of the investigations that were carried out in 2009 and 2010. His office indicated agreement with our investigations that no cheating was found," said Dr. Murfree.