The hearings have ended in the case of the DeKalb County school board shake-up, and if the testimony was truthful, thenat least some of the suspended members did nothing improper.
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Judge Maxwell Wood is expected to issue a recommendation to Gov. Nathan Deal within 30 days of the hearings, which ended last week. Deal will then decide whether he wants to reinstate some or all of the five suspended board members who petitioned him. If he reinstates any board member, the appointee to that post will be removed.
By fall, the Georgia Supreme Court must decide constitutional questions about the law authorizing the governor to remove board members over accreditation concerns. A decision in favor of former board chairman Eugene Walker could restore him and his five former colleagues to the board.