IRS flap reminds of Cobb schools’ flawed probes
May 14, 2013 11:42 PM | 1408 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

In light of recent developments, both in Washington and Cobb County, it is an easy task to draw some very frightening parallels. All one needs do is simply substitute the CCSD hierarchy for the current administration, and the Cobb County School District’s standards and ethics investigators for the IRS.

It is now known that the IRS unlawfully sought out and unduly persecuted certain organizations unpopular with the administration.

There are, I am sure, still those who are so naïve as to think this was carried out on their own initiative and that it was not done at the direction of the administration. To those people, I offer the following questions, “Who were the organizations unpopular with?” “Who had anything to gain by their persecution?” See, it is not hard to follow the trail of motivation.

Switch to the Cobb County School system. We have a pattern of systematic persecution of certain educators in the name of “standards and ethics.” The fact that the charges filed against these educators were routinely dropped, after ruining the reputation and career of the educator, and just short of having to go to court and prove the allegations, speaks volumes about the integrity of the investigations.

The CCSD has now thrown their chief investigator to the wolves, and, if one can believe the information coming for certain observers, it was long overdue. But, be that as it may, it has allowed the CCSD, which after all was the chief instigator of the persecution, to come out clean.

Face it, the order to press something as inane as the failure of an educator to report a third-hand account of an incident that never really happened, must come from a higher authority. Such a supposed infraction would not, in any sane circumstance, be grounds for dismissal, sanction or even verbal censure. If that can be justified, then every educator in the system would spend his/her entire day reporting stupid, baseless talk and rumors.

The entire thing is, was and forever more will be a huge miscarriage of justice for which somebody, up to and including the superintendent, should pay dearly.

Switching back to Washington, it is going to be interesting to see who the administration throws under the bus for this one.

Only in America!!!!

Nettie Helen Stemm

Acworth
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