Tue., October 19, 2010 5:29pm (EDT)

Power Struggle Hurts Atlanta Schools
By Susanna Capelouto
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
An investigation in possible cheating on the CRCT continues at Atlanta Public Schools as its board is facing power struggles. (photo: GPB stock)
An investigation in possible cheating on the CRCT continues at Atlanta Public Schools as its board is facing power struggles. (photo: GPB stock)
A power struggle on the Atlanta School Board is getting the attention of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It accredits high schools. SACS Director Mark Elgart attended a school board meeting in Atlanta this week. He says a 4 to 5 power split on the board is deepening.

“They spent more time on who is in control than on what is going on in their schools," Elgart says. Board members met for about 11 hours without a solution to the power struggle.

The State Attorney General is of the opinion that the 5 board members now in control violated state law.

Meanwhile, Atlanta Public Schools are in the midst of a state investigation into possible cheating on standardized tests. This week 50 GBI agents have been questioning teachers and administrators in the ongoing probe.