DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld a statute that allowed Gov. Nathan Deal to suspend six members of the DeKalb County School Board, including its chairman.
In an opinion released Monday, Georgia's high court said the statute "does not violate the Georgia Constitution."
Board chairman Dr. Eugene Walker and five others were suspended in February, two months after the DeKalb County School District was put on accredited probation by the Southeastern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The suspensions occurred under Georgia's School Board Suspension Statute of 2010, which places school systems on a level of accreditation that's only one notch above complete loss of accreditation "for school board governance related reasons."