The dilemma Gov. Nathan Deal faces over replacing DeKalb County’s troubled school board is only the start of a greater debate about giving Georgia broader powers to rein in poorly performing school districts.
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Staff writer Ty Tagami contributed to this article.
The story so far:
December: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools places DeKalb County’s school system on probation, alleging financial mismanagement, nepotism and meddling by the school board.
Earlier this month: Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson leaves, halfway through her three-year contract, and former state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond is hired as an interim school chief.
Monday: Eugene Walker gives up the chairmanship of the school board.
Tuesday: The board files suit to prevent a hearing by the Georgia Board of Education.
Thursday: The Georgia Board of Education voted unanimously to recommend suspending six of the nine members of the DeKalb County school board.