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School Board Files Emergency Motion to Stop Possible Suspension

The move was made late Friday afternoon, in hopes of stopping Gov. Deal from suspending any school board members.


Gov. Nathan Deal's office announced on Friday that he, along with members of the DeKalb legislative delegation, will hold an 11 a.m. news conference Monday to respond to the state Board of Education decision.

The state board recommended to the governor that he remove six members of the DeKalb school board.

However, in a legal move late Friday afternoon, the school board filed an emergency motion in federal court, hoping to stop the governor from taking any action. 

According to Channel 2 Action News, the emergency motion was filed just before the close of business on Friday.

“I have closely followed the situation in DeKalb County schools since their accreditation was put at risk, and I paid special attention to the state Board of Education’s deliberations on Thursday,” Deal said in a statement.

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.

Among Edler's District 7 are Allgood, Panola Way and Indian Creek elementaries, as well as Redan Middle School and Redan High School; Cunningham's District 5 includes Browns Mill Elementary and Lithonia, Miller Grove, M.L. King Jr. and Arabia Mountain high schools. Walker's and Speaks' super districts, 9 and 8, respectively, include schools in Cunningham's and Edler's areas.

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

Orson's district includes some of Brookhaven's and Chamblee's schools.

“I will continue to look at the details of this case over the weekend, and I will report my decision to Georgians on Monday. Removing elected officials from office is a serious duty, not undertaken lightly. That responsibility, however, pales in comparison to the importance of assuring the credibility of students’ education. I will do everything in my power to prevent the loss of accreditation of the DeKalb school system and the devastating impact it would have on students and economic development in one of the state’s largest counties.”

See Also:

Replay Patch's Live Coverage of the State Board of Education Hearing With the DeKalb School Board

Ginger Tankersley February 23, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Thank you Governor Deal. I am so glad to hear your words,"everything in your power".
Fred February 25, 2013 at 09:21 AM
Governor please take the self interest out of the board and allow it to move forward with a fresh start with a clean new slat. The children of Dekalb County require nothing less.

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