A lawsuit alleging illegal campaigning by public education authorities opposed to a constitutional amendment on charter schools unraveled Wednesday in a Fulton County courtroom. Five plaintiffs filed the case against every Georgia school district over some officials' actions regarding a Nov. 6 referendum that would grant the state more power to select private operators for independent public schools.
Governor Nathan Deal's office says the U.S. Department of Justice has signed off on a law passed this year allowing the governor to oust members of school boards. The law is aimed at the troubled Atlanta Public Schools but applies to any district not fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on July 1st. The law would also apply to Coffee County schools.
Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Wednesday that will allow him to remove board members of school systems that are in danger of losing accreditation. He's preparing to act on the bill if the Atlanta Public Schools do not regain full accreditation by July 1.
A bill that would let the governor suspend school board members of systems currently in danger of losing accreditation awaits Governor Deal’s signature. The measure’s supporters say its main intent is to put pressure on the members of Atlanta Public Schools.