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Judge Grants Restraining Order Against Suspension of DeKalb School Board

Gov. Deal had called a Monday press conference, announcing whether or not he would suspend six members of the DeKalb Board of Education.


A federal judge has issued a restraining order that prevents the suspension of six DeKalb school board officials by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Over the weekend, Judge Richard Story issued the order, according to Channel 2 Action News. The order does not prevent Deal from suspending the school board members, but does prohibit their actual suspension until a hearing is convened on Friday.

Deal had scheduled a Monday news conference to announce whether he was suspending six members of the DeKalb school board.

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

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.

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. 

See Also:

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

"E Pluribus Unum" February 25, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Tom Doolittle, yes, the whole "extrajudicial" and growth of executive power to trump standing governments is very, very disturbing. Also media? What media? The lack of true investigative, fact driven, substantiated by three sources, journalism and news reporting is creating high risk and dysfunction for the entire community. How in hell did we end up like this?
Patch Reader February 25, 2013 at 06:49 PM
This all makes me very sad. We moved here because we thought Livsey Elementary was a good school. I tell you, the outer suburbs are starting to look better and better all the time.
Tom Doolittle February 25, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Don't sweat it Patch Reader (et al)--the Charters are on the way--en masse. Question is, how many will be privately run or will truly be representative of public schools? The other question is whether the economic development community and hoem buyers will give the "area" credit for all of its coming choices (private, charter, special neighborhood programs, magnets, still solid neighborhood schools). Will the real estate community be able to tell future buyers that the schools will be as good as you--the parent buyer--MAKE THEM. They always have. The real estate scare is IRRELEVENT to this area people. Its a ruse and hysteria.
john penn February 27, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Tom....Quote "Also--the pattern is undeniable--it is only with black govts. They have proven ineffective (mostly incompetent)--however there is a pattern". What started out to be an excellent post digressed into "race". The race and class warfare cards are major stumbling blocks in the resolution of problems in this country. Be a part of the solution and not part of the problem. "Pride cometh before a fall".
Tom Doolittle February 27, 2013 at 03:21 AM
John Penn--woops--I was not clear with my comment about black-led govts. I wasn't referring back to my comment about OUR govet being incompetent. It is--and just happens to be black led (not necessarily cause and effect). No--the trend that I was referring to as undeniable is that the only govts being attacked by establishment power (aided and abetted by media) just happen to be black-led. Yes--I suppose that is still a bigoted comment, because it distinguishes different ethnicities but I would make the same comment about legislative attack on black-led local govts regardless of who was running the attack--white/blck/Rep/Dem. Doesn't matter--the attack pattern is consistent.... ...and indeed aided and abetted by media. When the AJC went on its self-appointed rounds to expose a 100 other school systems for test cheating (to save Atlanta's interests)--they disn't study a single county school system--all cities--all black-led. To quote Creative Loafing, they are indeed Cox--and we are suckers.

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