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DeKalb School Board Under the Microscope

Here's a replay of the Patch live blog of Thursday's hearing on the fate of the DeKalb County Board of Education. The governor says he will make an announcement Monday on whether to remove most of the board.


The State Board of Education voted late Thursday night to recommend the removal of six members of the DeKalb School Board to Gov. Nathan Deal.

The board voted unanimously to recommend that Sarah Copelin-Wood, Donna Edler, Eugene Walker, Jay Cunningham, Nancy Jester and Pamela Speaks be removed from the DeKalb school board.

If Gov. Deal follows the board's recommendation, Jim McMahan, Marshall Orson and Melvin Johnson would remain on the board as newly elected members.

The recommendation came after a meeting that began at 8 am and ended at 10:15 pm.

The meeting was the latest in the DeKalb school system's ongoing battle to avoid losing its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools, which has already placed the system on probation.

DeKalb's school board had to convince the State Board of Education that it was making progress toward retaining its accreditation. The State Board has the authority to recommend that Gov. Deal remove the board.

The DeKalb school board had sought a temporary injunction of this morning's meeting as it challenges the law that gives the governor the authority to remove an entire school board. A judge ruled denied the request early Wednesday afternoon.

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juanita driggs February 23, 2013 at 04:45 PM
If the Governor was astute and given the political realities of this case, I'm not sure he is astute, he'd wait to hear the outcome of DeKalb School Board's court challenge to the law that appears to give him authority to remove an entire school board. What's the harm in waiting for the court to decide? It's much like the hotly contested Clifton Ridge development in Druid HIlls. Let the courts make the call and then follow the rulings.

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