Senator Vincent Fort yesterday called for the resignation of Sam Williams, President of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Fort is not the only one calling for resignations at the Metro Chamber:
“In the event they (Williams and Senior VP Renay Blumenthal) refuse to resign, the Taxpayers Foundation intends to sponsor a professional investigation of the role of the business community in the massive cheating scandal,” John S. Sherman wrote in an e-mail to Atlanta Business Chronicle.
At issue is the report of a Blue Ribbon Panel created by the Metro Chamber to look into the APS cheating allegations. The Fulton County Taxpayers Foundation alledges the Blue Ribbon Panel’s investigation was a “sham.”
It was Sam Williams, President of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, in his February 26, 2010 email, who orchestrated the sham investigation for the purpose of letting “the facts from this investigation guide us in our support of Dr. Hall.” It was Renay Blumenthal, Executive V.P., Metro Atlanta Chamber, who urged that the Blue Ribbon cover-up report be “finessed to pass Governor Perdue’s
approval.” It was John Rice who defended Beverly Hall after the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement announced the massive cheating. The firm selected by the Metro Atlanta Chamber to investigate the massive cheating, Caveon, issued a report that the State Investigation described as “flawed and which understated the potential for cheating.”
Indeed the Blue Ribbon Panel’s report found “no direct evidence of cheating.”
But the deeper investigation, by an independent commission using a national firm that specializes in rooting out cheating, found no evidence of “any district-wide or centrally coordinated effort to manipulate” test scores, and no direct evidence of cheating.
As we know, the report didn’t pass Governor Perdue’s approval, another investigation was launched uncovering the scope of the cheating.
Should heads roll at the Metro Atlanta Chamber?