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Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 8:41am

Atlanta Mayor: State Has Stake In City's Schools

The mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, says he won’t try to take over the Atlanta School Board...for now.

Infighting among board members has put the Atlanta Public School system in danger of losing its accreditation.

Its accrediting body gave the board a nine month probation period to resolve its issues.

But Reed says the city and the state can’t afford to wait that long because it’s affecting business in the way of companies looking to move here.

"They don’t call the school board to discuss these issues they direct that to my offices. So while I don’t have control over it… on range of other issues, this is damaging the economic center of the state."

Reed says he’s confident the board can resolve the situation soon.