Pushback over Gov. Nathan Deal’s decision to suspend two-thirds of the DeKalb County school board was intensifying as state negotiators worked behind-the-scenes to avert a Friday showdown in federal court over the move.
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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.
Feb. 8: Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson leaves, halfway through her three-year contract, and former state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond is hired as an interim school chief.
Feb. 21: The Georgia Board of Education conducts 14-hour hearing and recommends that Gov. Nathan Deal replace six of the DeKalb board’s nine members.
Monday: Gov. Deal follows the state board’s recommendation and suspends six board members. Three board members who began their terms in January were not included in the suspension, which now faces a legal challenge. A hearing is scheduled for 2:30 today in Federal Court.