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Ga. High Court Upholds State Removal Statute

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The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that a state law allowing the governor to remove local school board members is constitutional.

After a private accrediting agency put the 99,000-student DeKalb County district on probation over issues of governance by the school board, Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, suspended six of its nine members and named replacements.

One of the suspended members sued, claiming the state's removal statute gives the governor too much power over local school systems.

"[T]he state has a substantial interest in ensuring that those local boards function competently and in a manner that does not imperil the education or future prospects of the students enrolled in the school systems," the high court said in its unanimous ruling late last month.

Vol. 33, Issue 14, Page 4

Published in Print: December 11, 2013, as Ga. High Court Upholds State Removal Statute
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