Olens says he’ll consider involvement in APS investigation
11:58 am, August 4th, 2011
Attorney General Sam Olens told a meeting of the Atlanta Press Club today that he will consider using his office to “take the appropriate action” if local district attorneys choose not to bring charges stemming from the state’s investigation into altered test scores and cheating in Atlanta public schools.
Olens noted that “many of the individuals [in the report] have been granted immunity.”
Local DAs would have to tell his office they are not interested in pursuing prosecutions, Olens said, before he would consider getting involved.
He noted that a federal criminal investigation may already be under way, based on the possible misuse of federal funds. “I believe the education secretary has inferred such an investigation is taking place,” he said.
Most of the session was devoted to discussion of Olens’ proposed rewrite of Georgia’s open government laws, an effort he began shortly after taking office at the beginning of the year. He cautioned that his legislation, which will be the subject of a House Judiciary Committee hearing Aug. 30, won’t result in a model law. “You make a decision on whether you want to improve the law of the state or whether you just want to whine,” he said. “I’m trying my best to pass a bill that will improve the law.”
He added: “I don’t want this to be a five- year process. I want the changes approved next year.”