Rhee’s replacement says there was no widespread cheating.
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“[but] Robert Wilson, the former DeKalb County, Ga., district attorney who co-led an investigation of Atlanta school tests, said, ‘It did seem that possibly she was laying the groundwork that maybe the results from that investigation won’t be as concrete as some people would like… If you do a really thorough and vigorous investigation … you certainly should be able to come out with some fairly concrete things,’ Wilson said. …
The federal and D.C. inspector generals would not comment.
Nathan Saunders, president of the Washington Teachers Union, said investigators have questioned at least 12 teachers from at least three schools. He said all denied cheating. The issue ‘remains a cloud over the data,’ he said.
Marvin Tucker, whose daughter attended one of the schools with high erasures, said Henderson’s comments made no sense because the results of the investigation haven’t been released yet.
‘I think they are trying to cover up what’s been going on,’ he said.
Pamela Jordan, whose daughter attended a school with high erasures, worries that officials are not serious about investigating whether educators cheated.
‘As a parent, I’m very concerned about … the accuracy of the test scores,’ Jordan says. ‘If they are allowed to do that without any accountability, what else is going on? We are consumers of this and we are not getting the best information.‘”