12:02 pm April 27, 2011, by Maureen Downey
Atlanta Sen. Vincent Fort contends that the Atlanta school board meeting with the governor Tuesday possibly violated the open meetings law and is asking the state attorney general to investigate.
The meeting with Nathan Deal, Mayor Kasim Reed, Superintendent Beverly Hall and APS board members was closed to the public and the media.
“They are using a tortured logic to justify closing the meeting,” says Fort.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution objected to the closed session, maintaining that the Georgia Open Meetings Act requires such meetings to be open to the public because a quorum of the board was present.
At a 2 p.m. press conference at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building, Fort and Sen. Horacena Tate (D-Atlanta) will ask Attorney General Sam Olens investigate a potential violation of the open meeting law.
After the meeting, Deal said he was impressed that board members were willing “to put issues aside and work together” to regain full accreditation for Atlanta Public Schools.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog
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