From Greg Bluestein and Ty Tagami in the AJC: ".... A drawn-out legal fight could have its own consequences. The board’s three remaining members don’t have a legal quorum to make decisions for the district’s nearly 100,000 students. Deal could eventually appoint replacements, but the process to remove the suspended board members takes two to five months. Interim superintendent Michael Thurmond has said it would be destabilizing to simultaneously have appointed and suspended but unremoved board members...." [Read more]
From Timothy Darnell in the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: "Shortly after Gov. Nathan Deal announced his suspension of six DeKalb school board members, Dunwoody state Rep. Tom Taylor introduced House Resolution 486, which would allow newly incorporated cities to form their own local school system...." [Read more]
From Jane Ayers: Please plan to attend an important PTA meeting: Druid Hills Charter Cluster, March 12, 6:30 pm, Uhry Theater, Druid Hills High School. The program will be an opportunity for parents to learn more about the ongoing exploration, by DHHS, its feeder schools, and the surrounding community, of the potential benefits of together becoming a charter cluster of schools.
From Kim Severson in the New York Times: After a description of the state of affairs, it concludes with this: ".... Dr. Elgart said that there have been racial divisions between the county’s north and south for years, and that the issue is less about race than socioeconomic differences, the result of a shrinking middle class and a growing disparity between wealthier property owners and the poor." [Read more]
From Greg Bluestein and Ty Tagami in the AJC: "Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday he will suspend six of the nine members of the DeKalb County school board, saying the district’s accreditation crisis was a “matter of grave concern” that compelled him to intervene. ... Still, it’s not clear whether his decision will stick.
From district 81 (Chamblee) state rep. Scott Holcomb in the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: ".... The Governor will make a decision regarding the SBOE's recommendation. My prediction is that he will accept the recommendation and suspend the six DBOE members. Governor Deal will meet with the members of the DeKalb legislative delegation on Monday morning. After that, it is expected that he will make an announcement as to his decision.
From Ty Tagami in the AJC: "Thursday night, the Georgia Board of Education voted unanimously to recommend suspending six of the nine members of the DeKalb County school board. “I just think the culture of poor governance that has been sustained over years has to be broken now,” said state board member Brian Burdette. “And I don’t think there’s any way to do it short of replacing some of these board members.” Jennifer Hackemeyer, Department of Education general counsel, asked that the suspension not affect the three board members who took office this year...." [Read more]
Notes on the meeting from Cheryl Miller in the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: "DeKalb School Board Member Marshall Orson (District 2) held a nearly three-hour Town Hall Meeting in the Emory community off North Decatur Road Tuesday night, updating a packed room of parents and neighbors on the events that have taken place almost daily since the state BOE gave DeKalb a 30-day window to prove their commitment to an improvement plan...." [<