Gov. Deal Suspends Six DeKalb School Board Members

Marshall Orson, who represents several Brookhaven and Chamblee schools, is unaffected by Monday afternoon's announcement.


Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday that he is signing an executive order that accepts the State Board of Education's recommendation that six DeKalb school board members be removed.

Deal made the announcement Monday afternoon during a press conference at the state capitol.

Prior to the announcement, Deal huddled with members of the DeKalb legislative delegation for several minutes.

Deal has also appointed a nominating committee to recommend new members of the school board, composed of Keith Mason, a current member of the State Board of Education and who will chair the committee; Jim Bostick, a former member of the state board of education; Sadie Denard, a member of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce; Alicia Phillip, president of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta; and Garry McGiboney, also a member of the state board of education.

After a 14-plus-hour meeting this past Thursday, the State Board of Education voted to recommend that Deal remove six members of the DeKalb school board.

The board voted unanimously to recommend that Sarah Copelin-Wood, Donna Edler, Eugene Walker, Jay Cunningham, Nancy Jester and Pamela Speaks be removed from the DeKalb school board.

However, in a legal move late Friday afternoon, the school board filed an emergency motion in federal court, hoping to stop the governor from taking any action.

Over the weekend, a federal judge issued a restraining order that prevents the suspension of six DeKalb school board officials by Gov. Nathan Deal. The order does not prevent Deal from suspending the school board members, but does prohibit their actual suspension until a hearing is convened on Friday.

See Also:

Judge Grants Restraining Order Against Suspension of DeKalb School Board

School Board Files Emergency Motion Motion to Stop Possible Suspension

Replay Patch's Live Coverage of the State Board of Education Hearing With the DeKalb School Board

Brookhaven Maven February 25, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Brookhaven / Chamblee Unified Charter School District anyone? Let your state legislators know you want local control of your schools. They were able to find a way to create cities, so they should be able to create city schools.
Enuff Govt Already February 25, 2013 at 09:31 PM
“I’m not going to surrender to a political lynching by a kangaroo court,” Walker said. His new campaign slogan and he will get re-elected with an overwhelming majority in his district.Guess what kind of spot light is coming back to Georgia in the mean time? The state should of stuck to criminal investigations of the DCSS/BOE. Notice the one Dk BOE member who questioned financial irregularities is now suspended. The state should of explored alternative accreditation or had SACS individually accredit schools not the entire system. Some interesting reading here: http://dunwoodytalk.blogspot.com/ I fear we've only made Dr. Walker (et al) heros and rally points when the narrative turns political.


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