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Federal Judge Denies Motion by DeKalb School Board Members

Gov. Deal can now proceed in finding replacements.


U.S. District Judge Richard Story ruled against members of the DeKalb County Board of Education on Monday afternoon, according to Channel 2 Action News.

The six suspended members, Sarah Wood, Jay Cunningham, Nancy Jester, Eugene Walker, Pamela Speaks and Donna Edler, had filed a motion, heard Friday, arguing that Governor Nathan Deal's suspension was unconstitutional.

The judge's ruling allows Deal to proceed with finding new board members.

Deal announced last week that he signed an executive order that accepts the State Board of Education's recommendation that six DeKalb school board members be removed.

Deal has also appointed a nominating committee to recommend new members of the school board.

After a 14-plus-hour meeting, the State Board of Education voted to recommend that Deal remove six members of the DeKalb school board.

However, the school board filed an emergency motion in federal court, hoping to stop the governor from taking any action.

A federal judge then issued a restraining order that prevented the suspension of the members until a hearing that was held this past Friday.

See Also:

Judge Grants Restraining Order Against Suspension of DeKalb School Board

School Board Files Emergency Motion Motion to Stop Possible Suspension

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

Sally March 05, 2013 at 09:00 PM
HUGE disappointment!!! Recall?
Jerome Masters March 05, 2013 at 09:02 PM
If you were in an airplane would you be comfortable with the stupid six at the controls if they were pilots ? If they were financial advisors how much of YOUR money would you give them.Do you think they could turn it around & how much time.We are talking about YOUR kids here Wake up Dr. Phil would give you a STUPID sign.
Jerome Masters March 05, 2013 at 09:07 PM
BTW how much longer do I have to look at the picture of this guy , SAWB
MrMatt March 05, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Ok - and i'm with you on being "hopeful". But unless you've been under a rock the last 10 years, you know that the parents of this district have been asked to "give the new guy/gal respect and time to accomplish their goals", only to be burned time and time again. Surely you can understand the degree of cynicism and doubtfulness...only concrete actions will matter at this point. If Dr. Johnson is going to be admired, along with M.Thurmond, then they should be outlining a list of actions they deem necessary to get moving in the right direction, once a quorum/full board is in place. Things like a Full, Open Records Forensic Audit, shake-up of The Palace in a major meaningful way - no nepotism, smaller size, and ouster of long-term leaders who can only be considered as part of the problem (not the solution) after this long run. That's just a starter. when i hear either or both of them talking like that...then i'll bring out my "hopefulness".
Mary Cannestara March 06, 2013 at 03:50 AM
@MrMatt Fair enough, that all sounds very well thought out and positive.

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