Petition To Oust DeKalb School Board Gains Momentum
Almost 500 people have signed an online petition thus far, including some Lakeside High students and families. Take our Patch poll and tell us if you believe DeKalb's school board should be removed.
Less than two weeks after being placed on probation, the DeKalb County School Board is now the target of an online petition calling for their removal.
CBS Atlanta is reporting that the petition has already received 490 signatures, including a Lakeside High School student who said, "I feel like I am being set up for failure by the thieving BOE."
Another Lakeside signee said, "I cannot believe the incompetence of this board can be tolerated. DeKalb County has already lost the revenue of key cities (Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, Dunwoody) because of the incompetence of DK govt. Now it is hurting our schools and childrens' future. DeKalb County Government needs to be dumped and start fresh with HONEST, COMPETENT members."
DeKalb resident Grace McKenna began the online petition, calling on Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to replace the entire school board.
On Dec. 17, the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS) placed the school board on probation until December 2013.
"There is significant and irrefutable evidence that the DeKalb County School District is in a state of conflict and chaos,” said SACS Chairman Dr. Mark Elgart. "This failure to govern effectively has resulted in a decline in student performance, financial mismanagement, and lack of integrity and ethics in recruiting, appointing and evaluating personnel at all levels of the school system."
The Georgia Department of Education must meet within 30 days of SACS report and make a recommendation to Gov. Deal on how to proceed. Under a new law, Deal has the authority to replace the school board.
North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch wants to know: do you believe the governor should replace DeKalb's school board? Take our Patch poll and share your opinion in the comments section below this article.