The leader of the agency which accredits public schools in Georgia is meeting with the State Attorney General Wednesday afternoon. The men will address concerns over the transparency of decisions to pull accreditation or put a school system on probation.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is inviting public comment as part of its effort to obtain re-accreditation. The agency is seeking re-accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. Assessors arrive later this month.
An attorney representing an ousted DeKalb County school board member says lawmakers in 2010 exceeded their authority when they gave the governor the ability to remove locally-elected school board members. New details of the challenge to the law emerged in new court briefs the attorney filed April 19.
The governor is telling DeKalb County public school students he shares their concern about the district being in danger of losing accreditation, and pledges the state will do everything it can to make sure they get into college.
DeKalb County school board members are preparing for a key hearing that could determine whether Georgia's governor makes sweeping changes in the school system's leadership. The school board is also expected to discuss selection of a new chairman this week.
A spokeswoman for the DeKalb County School District says superintendent Cheryl Atkinson has agreed to resign from her post. Atkinson's resignation will be effective Feb. 8 and a separation agreement school board members must vote on requires the district to pay her more than $114,500 over the next five months.
Nine DeKalb County school board members attended a meeting Thursday in Stone Mountain to testify in front of state officials as to why they should not be suspended after the district was placed on probation through the end of 2013. The Georgia Board of Education has voted to meet again with members of the troubled DeKalb County school board.