School Board Files Emergency Motion to Stop Possible Suspension

The move was made late Friday afternoon, in hopes of stopping Gov. Deal from suspending any school board members.

Gov. Nathan Deal's office announced on Friday that he, along with members of the DeKalb legislative delegation, will hold an 11 a.m. news conference Monday to respond to the state Board of Education decision.

The state board recommended to the governor that he remove six members of 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. 

According to Channel 2 Action News, the emergency motion was filed just before the close of business on Friday.

“I have closely followed the situation in DeKalb County schools since their accreditation was put at risk, and I paid special attention to the state Board of Education’s deliberations on Thursday,” Deal said in a statement.

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.

If Gov. Deal follows the board's recommendation, Jim McMahan, Marshall Orson and Melvin Johnson would remain on the board as newly elected members.

Both Jester's and Speaks' districts include many of Dunwoody's schools.

“I will continue to look at the details of this case over the weekend, and I will report my decision to Georgians on Monday. Removing elected officials from office is a serious duty, not undertaken lightly. That responsibility, however, pales in comparison to the importance of assuring the credibility of students’ education. I will do everything in my power to prevent the loss of accreditation of the DeKalb school system and the devastating impact it would have on students and economic development in one of the state’s largest counties.”

See Also:

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

Rob February 22, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Between the Sneiderman case (that wont go away), the Dunwoody "Leak" investigation (and other city follies), and now the Dekalb schools in peril, can you just imagine what people from other parts of the country must think about Dunwoody if they are interested in relocating here? Will our city EVER receive any positive headlines?
Alan February 22, 2013 at 07:47 PM
This is why residents are pulling their children out of public schools and paying for private.My son graduated from Dunwoody H.S. 5 years ago. The 'college' prep curriculum and the administration was a joke. Teachers and administrators whose communication skills were pathetic and were more interested in protecting themselves than teaching their students.We do however have the best trash service in the state.
Stephen W. Ramsden February 23, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Just curious, did you go to the school frequently to participate in the education of your high schooler. Did you go to PTA meetings, involve yourself in school events, help out with funding or mentoring opportunities? Or did you just complain about the bad education while having nothing to do with making it better? School is not daycare and the teachers I know work exhaustingly long hours with almost no support from anyone in the community only to see themselves portrayed as lazy union members in the media and have the parents accuse them of all sorts of ridiculous offenses when their "little darlings" get in to trouble or don't pass a course. If the schools college prep was a "joke" and you didn't try to change it, and Im guessing voted for all the republicans who are destroying the states education system with their "creationism-lazy teachers" platform, then its your fault too.
Rob February 23, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Focusing on Dunwoody, if Jester and Speaks really cared about the children, they would have resigned weeks ago to avoid this grandstand in hopes of being reelected or reappointed. As they say, you show your true self by the company you keep!
jwf February 24, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Two of you sound like typical new money Dunwoody, Stephen OF COURSE, there always has to be one of you. Someone who starts the mud slinging "oh those Republicans". The bottom line here is the corruption in the system. Let's fix it! Our reputation doesn't make a Damn and your mudslinging doesn't make a resolve either. Btw Stephen rally people in a more positive way because your right. Teachers are over worked, under paid, lack all the supplies they need, and lack the parental support. If you're really vying for the teacher, leave politics out. Save it for you Congressmen.
DunwoodyWorkingMan February 24, 2013 at 01:49 PM
JWF, don't save it for your congressman, tell it to your state senator Fran Millar and state rep tom Taylor
jwf February 24, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Agreed...pardon the expression. Let's just stop placing blame on this political party or that one and, hold the individuals responsible.
TomMiller1 February 24, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Rob, original poster .. it's not a "city" it's a county. And when it comes to 'the rest of the country' ... this is not even a blip. Chicago: Chicago Public Schools (CPS) projects a billion dollar deficit. The announcement grabs headlines and the Board of Education announces that they must make serious cuts .. type in school board crisis in google and you see problems in Memphis and elsewhere. Dekalb is the tip of the iceberg. Perhaps by shining a like on these cockroaches, the folks who run for office will be stronger, with better backgrounds.
Rob February 24, 2013 at 10:24 PM
quoting from the great movie "Die Hard": It`s him again! /|\ | You really got to find a new racket, you are horrible at this one..still ROFLMAO!


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