Former Atlanta schools tech director under federal investigation

A former Atlanta schools technology chief has resigned his job with a Dallas school district amid a federal investigation stemming from his time in Atlanta.

Willie Jerome Oberlton, who worked in Atlanta from 2004 to 2007, informed Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles on Monday about the investigation. Miles said in a statement that he was “shocked and disappointed.”

“When I learned of the seriousness of this issue yesterday, I immediately requested Mr. Oberlton’s resignation,” Miles said Tuesday. “My disappointment is accompanied by anger because Jerome did not inform us about his involvement in this investigation until yesterday.”

The investigation isn’t expected to be related to allegations of cheating on standardized tests that have resulted in criminal charges against 35 former Atlanta educators, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Federal investigators contacted Atlanta Public Schools a few months ago, but it’s unclear what information they were seeking, said school district spokesman Stephen Alford. He said the Atlanta school district will cooperate with the investigation.

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Oberlton worked as chief information officer for Atlanta Public Schools and then held a private sector job before joining Baltimore City Public Schools in 2011 and the Dallas Independent School District in January.

A search of federal court records found no results for Oberlton’s name.

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