The DeKalb County school board members suspended when the district they oversaw nearly lost its accreditation are all out of office now.
Gov. Nathan Deal ousted them Friday at the recommendation of an administrative law judge who reviewed five board members’ cases.
“They’re removed,” Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said, after releasing Judge Maxwell Wood’s decision upholding the suspensions previously issued by Deal. A sixth board member didn’t appeal her suspension, and was previously removed from office.
The Georgia Supreme Court is expected to rule this fall on a constitutional challenge to the law that authorized Deal’s action. The law allows governors to remove school boards in districts on probation.
Wood was tasked with determining whether the five who did appeal would “more likely than not” improve the district’s accreditation were they to be reinstated.
Officials from the private agency that gives DeKalb its accreditation testified in Wood’s courtroom that the five would not. That made Friday’s announcement somewhat predictable, since Deal removed them using that same criteria.