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Former Walton County Assistant Superintendent Under Investigation

Harvey Franklin, a former assistant superintendent with Walton County Public Schools, is reportedly under federal investigation for a reading program that he is involved in.

Former Walton County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Harvey Franklin is facing a federal investigation in Mississippi for a reading program that he took with him to Mississippi when he left Georgia.

According to a report in Southern Education Desk, the program was called “Early Detection, Necessary Action, or EDNA. An investigation against the person who developed the program, Edna Goble, has been under way for a while.

The program was used in the system during Franklin tenure and was reportedly touted as a success by him when he took up the superintendent position in Greenville after leaving WCPS.

According to Southern Education Desk, Franklin claimed he had seen it work in Georgia. The Greenville Public School System went on to invest $1.5 million in the program. School officials in Greenville are now reporting that federal and state investigators are now looking into whether Franklin took a cut. The Associated Press is reporting that Goble is not commenting on the investigation or her relationship with Franklin. Mississippi state auditors reportedly have information showing some supplies and training were never provided or were inadequate, but that Goble is standing by the effectiveness of the program. Investigators, however, say it did little to improve failing reading scores.

It is reported that since the investigation by federal agents began, nobody has seen Franklin.

Patch is checking with WCPS officials whether investigators have contacted them concerning Franklin's involvement with the program while with the school system. WCPS officials have also been asked how much money the school system invested in the program during Franklin's tenure and whether the EDNA program is still in use in Walton County. An update will follow as soon as that information is made available.

Michelle Still June 30, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Thats not fair,catch him and put him in jail
S. Malcom July 02, 2012 at 01:23 AM
The school system administrators are always crying about not having enough funding. They say "You have to do more with less" and they pack 30 kids into a tiny classroom. At the same time, there is always money for a few more consultants or "programs". It sometimes seems as if the central office admins enjoy pouring money down the drain. From the looks of this, it doesn't look like that is where the money actually gets poured.
Phyllis Moore July 04, 2012 at 10:14 PM
The Educator's Code of Ethics is quite clear about the impropriety of deriving any personal profit from instructional programs used in schools. Every educator signs a document acknowledging he/he understands this. The state licensing board should yank his professional certificate: he's a liar and a thief, caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
Phyllis Moore July 04, 2012 at 10:16 PM
sorry-- please make that "...he/she understands this." Thank you.
SUNKEN SUB July 05, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Well DEW tell.
Sharon Swanepoel July 05, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I have been promised the info next week when everybody returns to the office. I did get confirmation, however, that the program is definitely no longer used in Walton County schools.
S. Malcom July 10, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Why don't you ask them why they literally threw this multi-million dollar program in the trash immediately after Harvey Franklin went to Mississippi. Yes, it was a pile of garbage and needed to be thrown away but why did they have to wait til Franklin was gone to do it? Better question: Why was it purchased at all?

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