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.
Georgia Perimeter College could face sanctions, warnings or additional monitoring because of ongoing financial problems when its accreditation agency does its review, according to the school’s interim leader.
The Board of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools gave notice Thursday to two Georgia Colleges. The SACS board accredits schools and found issues with Brewton Parker College in Mount Vernon and with Paine College in Augusta. SACS President Belle Wheeler said both schools were up for accreditation for another 10 years, but they only got accreditation for another 12 months.
An accreditation team from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is conducting a tour of Shorter University this week as part of their regular review. The team will be looking at the University’s controversial policy requiring employees to sign a “personal lifestyle” statement.
The state Board of Education will hold a hearing Tuesday on whether to remove members of the Miller County school board. The hearing stems from a new state law that allows the governor to remove school board members in districts in danger of losing accreditation.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is issuing warnings to two of Georgia’s public universities. SACS says Fort Valley State University in Middle Georgia needs to improve its finances, faculty competence, and the way it handles federal student aid.
The state board of education voted to let two struggling school boards retain control of their school systems. Atlanta and Coffee County schools are in danger of losing their accreditation due to their ineffective school boards.
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.
Five Georgia school districts are hoping to regain full accreditation before a deadline that could trigger state hearings. Board members in districts that don’t receive full accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools by July 1st could be stripped of their posts.