Georgia Supremes hear challenge to school board suspension law – Atlanta Business Chronicle

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Jun

Georgia Supremes hear challenge to school board suspension law – Atlanta Business Chronicle

The state law that authorized Gov. Nathan Deal to suspend and replace six members of the DeKalb County school board violated their due process rights, a lawyer for one of the six argued Monday.

But a lawyer for the state told the Georgia Supreme Court the 2010 statute will give the suspended board members their day in court when they appeal for reinstatement.

Deal suspended the six DeKalb school board members with pay in March based on the recommendations of the Georgia Board of Education following a daylong hearing.

The state intervened after the Southeastern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) placed the DeKalb County School District on “accredited probation,” one step short of the system losing accreditation, citing mismanagement and infighting among board members.

After suspending the six board members, the governor appointed replacements. One of the six suspended members, board Chairman Eugene Walker, filed a lawsuit claiming the law is unconstitutional.

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