Should the DeKalb School Board be Disbanded?
Gov. Nathan Deal has the power to do so, but should he?
The oversight body that investigated DeKalb Schools put the district on probation this week, citing numerous problems with the Board of Education.
Board members - in most cases unnnamed - were accused of micro-managing the schools of their constituency. Chairman Eugene Walker, in one instance, recommended that a relative of another board member be hired to as part of the district's Teacher Alternative Preparation Program while bypassing the district's managers.
The district also took out a $25 million line of credit to buy new text books - used half - but new books never showed up in classes this year that sorely needed them.
The review by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges puts the district in a tight spot. The board had already been under scrutiny after a review in 2011 which included charges of nepotsim, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Now that the district is on probation, it could lose it's certification. That would have a wide-ranging impact - students could have problems going on to college, the district could lose the state and federal money it relies on, and DeKalb County as a whole could suffer if employers shy away.
Which raises the question. Gov. Nathan Deal has the power to disband the board - which would require the Georgia Board of Education to step in.
Should the DeKalb Board of Education be dismantled? Is Dunwoody's interests being addressed by the current board?
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