The news keeps coming today: My AJC colleague Jim Galloway reports that an amendment has been introduced in the House that would enable Gov. Nathan Deal to remove members of the Atlanta Board of Education if the school system lost accreditation later this year
Deal already has the power to oust school board members as a result of the school board reform package passed by Sonny Perdue. But that bill excludes school board members elected prior to 2010. The amendment would extend the governor’s purge power to those board members as well.
I am not sure that changing the players matters much when you consider that most of the current APS board members had the blessing of EduPAC, the schools-driven political committee associated with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. If you look at the backgrounds of the board members, they are an impressive bunch. However, as a group, they seem to be less than their sums.
Increasingly, I believe the dysfunction in APS transcends the elected board. I think the real problem was the collision of ambitions and reality.
Just received this note that raises a good question: Have you heard whether the amendment offered by Ashe/Lindsey is Constitutional? I have heard some rumbling that you cannot impose conditions on school board members, who are constitutionally elected officers, after they have been elected. In other words, you cannot make it retroactive.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog