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DeKalb School Board Must Attend State Hearing

Board members to appear before education officials on Jan. 17.

Members of DeKalb County's school board have been summoned to a hearing on Thursday, Jan. 17 by Georgia's Department of Education.

They are being asked for reasons to avoid suspension following the decision of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the district's accrediting agency, to place the school system on probation.

An investigation by SACS officials found fiscal mismanagement, abuse of power and unethical hiring practices, and Gov. Nathan Deal is under pressure from parent groups to fire the entire board.

"Now we have millions of dollars that are missing and textbooks that didn't get to students," parent Caroline Lord of Tucker told CBS Atlanta. "When our children don't have textbooks, if that's not the straw that broke the camel's back, I don't know what is." 

"We are trying to correct our faults," School Board Chairman Eugene Walker said.

"Our taxes have gone up," Lord continued. "We're seeing a decrease in the funds going to the school system, to the actual schools, to the teachers. We're seeing the layoffs. Enough is enough."

gdfo January 03, 2013 at 08:55 PM
The job of the DSB is not to correct its faults, the job is to operate a functioning school system. There are Correctional Facilities available for people who cannot account for massive amounts of money and property and who were supposed to cut personnel, but just moved them around. Correct your faults there.
Betsy Parks January 09, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Have YOUR voice heard by GA BOE! Sign the petition to remove the DEKalb BOE before 2pm on Sunday , January 13, 2013. Supporters after the deadline will be on an addendum and Gov Deals petition. https://www.change.org/petitions/governor-nathan-deal-and-georgia-state-board-of-education-review-sacs-findings-if-accurate-replace-the-dekalb-county-school-board

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