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Ga. District Closes Chapter on Accreditation Troubles

By The Associated Press — May 24, 2011 1 min read

The Clayton County, Ga., school district, one of the first districts to lose its accreditation in nearly 40 years, is running well enough now to not require any special oversight, its accrediting agency says.

In 2008, the Alpharetta, Ga.-based agency Advanced cited school board mismanagement in penalizing the 49,400-student district.

The district’s accreditation was restored 10 months later, but on a probationary basis and under conditions that included frequent monitoring by Advanced. The agency announced May 13 that the district has met its requirements and is now fully accredited for a normal five-year span.

AdvanceED has drawn criticism recently for putting school districts, including those in Atlanta and Wake County, N.C., on probation for failing to follow its governance standards.

(“School Accrediting Agency’s Reach Questioned,” April 27, 2011.)

A version of this article appeared in the May 25, 2011 edition of Education Week as Ga. District Closes Chapter on Accreditation Troubles

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