A federal appeals court is considering a challenge to a Georgia law that bans the immediate family of superintendents, principals and other school administrators from running for election to a local school board.
A federal judge struck down the law in April, but state officials asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday to reinstate it.
A current school board members and a former school board member sued Secretary of State Brian Kemp months after the law took effect in 2009, saying they have a fundamental right to be a candidate.
But state officials say the restrictions are needed to combat nepotism.