Aug 28, 2008

I must say I am completely shocked by this development. My heart really goes out to the children that are affected by this. The adults involved in this situation have really failed these children in every way imaginable. I find it hard to believe that something like this could have taken place in a predominantly white school district. I know people that are personally affected by this and I just don't know what to say. This really breaks my heart.

The AJC reports:
Clayton County schools are the first in the nation in the last 40 years to lose accreditation, failing to meet eight of nine improvement mandates.

The action came a few hours prior to Gov. Sonny Perdue’s announcement that he was immediately removing four school board members found to have flouted the law. A state administrative judge had recommended their removal.

In an overview of the system’s loss of accreditation, officials for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools said problems with the board were a factor.

The main problem was that the school system did not have a functioning board, said Mark A. Elgart, president and chief executive officer of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The board’s conflicts affected everything from teaching and learning to staffing and allocation of resources, accreditors said.

“It affected the entire school system,” Elgart said Thursday afternoon at a news conference. “Today, the students’ education in this particular district is being compromised.”

A loss of accreditation means the 50,000 Clayton students could have trouble getting into some colleges and universities, or receiving scholarship money.

In March, the national Accreditation Commission, which governs SACS, ordered the school system to meet nine mandates or lose accreditation by Sept. 1.

The commission on Tuesday reviewed the school system’s progress and found only one mandate had been fully met, Elgart said.


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