Twin brother of accused Sylvania teacher faces sex charges

A former Fort Payne teacher is facing sex charges only days after his twin brother was arrested for similar offenses.

Donavan Wayne Dalton, 28, of Rainsville, was taken into custody Thursday and booked into the DeKalb County Detention Center, charged as a school employee having sexual contact with a student under the age of 19. His bond has been set at $150,000.

The arrest comes five days after his brother Dustin Wade Dalton, 28, of Rainsville, was charged with enticing a child for immoral purposes and dissemination of obscene material.

Donavan Dalton was a special education teacher and coach with the Fort Payne School System, according to the Times-Journal. Dustin Dalton was a teacher in Sylvania with DeKalb County Schools.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office received a report Thursday of inappropriate activity between a man and a juvenile, which led to the arrest, the department said in a statement.


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Tennessee education commissioner accused of misleading about learning loss

Chalkbeat Tennessee says during a call with superintendents on Friday Schwinn described the data as “estimated predictions.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Educators and lawmakers from across the state are criticizing the Tennessee Department of Education for data it released, showing Tennessee students were experiencing a “significant” learning loss due to schools being closed from COVID-19.

But it turns out much of that data was based on testing done before the pandemic, according to Chalkbeat Tennessee, a non-profit news organization focused on education issues.

It was an announcement that got everyone’s attention.

Tennessee education commissioner Penny Schwinn released data to show the impact prolonged school closures were having on Tennessee students.

“Because of some of these building closures and because of the impacts of COVID-19, we are seeing a significant decrease in the proficiency of students entering school this fall,” said Schwinn.

Schwinn said data showed a 50 percent decrease in third-grade

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