The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools will return to Clayton County next week to judge the district’s attempts to win back accreditation.
The 49,000-student school district was stripped of its accreditation in September.
SACS has said the district can win it back in time for seniors to graduate with accredited diplomas provided the system meets nine improvement mandates:
1. Conduct audit of attendance records.
2. Implement comprehensive policy review.
3. Remove influence of outside disruptive groups.
4. Appoint a permanent superintendent and establish proper conditions for effectiveness.
5. Conduct a forensic audit of finances.
6. Hire outside consultants in conflict resolution, governance and organizational effectiveness.
7. Enact and commit to ethics policies.
8. Ensure board members live in their district.
9. Establish a governing board capable of fulfilling its roles and responsibilities.
Will Clayton rise like a phoenix or is it destined to fail again?
If the system fails, local leaders will have to wait at least three years before they can try again. Who is going to stick around for that?