DeKalb in federal court today but no decision from judge

Update at 7 p.m. : The  federal court hearing lasted just under three hours. The judge did not rule yet. He wants to consider all the arguments. I will write up the hearing later. But it was much of the same stuff said at the state hearing.

Despite last-ditch efforts to avoid a court battle, the DeKalb school board drama will move to a federal courtroom this afternoon.

School board member Eugene Walker says his reputation is at stake and he intends to wage battle in court.

It remains unclear whether the DeKalb school board’s vote to hire former DeKalb DA Bob Wilson essentially amounts to a blank check for legal fees;  I am trying to find out whether the taxpayer funding for this lawsuit has any limit or does it flow to the bitter end.

Concern over the use of taxpayer funds to finance this legal battle has led State Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Brookhaven, to propose  a law that would prevent suspended school board members from using taxpayer dollars to mount a protracted legal effort to keep their jobs.

His House Bill 468 states: “A local board of education shall not expend any public funds for attorney’s fees or expenses of litigation relating to removal proceedings pursuant to this Code section except as necessary for its defense at the hearing before the state board as provided for in subsection.”

Among those signing onto the bill was state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, who said, “Spending taxpayer money to save your elected job to avoid SACS sanctions is just wrong.”

In polling board members on whether they are willing to resign to avoid what could be costly and protracted court battle, AJC reporter Ty Tagami reports: School board member Pam Speaks said at a state hearing last week that she would resign rather than fight for her seat. Nancy Jester and Donna Edler have expressed uncertainty when contacted by the AJC. The other suspended board members — Sarah Copelin-Wood and Jesse “Jay” Cunningham — could not be reached for comment.

Walker, the former DeKalb school board chairman, told Tagami that he expected the five other deposed board members to fight on, too. “Why would they resign?” said Walker. “If they did, it would shock me.”

In an analysis of the stakes in this fight, Tagami reports:

A drawn-out legal fight could have its own consequences. The board’s three remaining members don’t have a legal quorum to make decisions for the district’s nearly 100,000 students. Deal could eventually appoint replacements, but the process to remove the suspended board members takes two to five months. Interim superintendent Michael Thurmond has said it would be destabilizing to simultaneously have appointed and suspended but unremoved board members.

Adding to the complications is a DeKalb policy that says the local school board, by majority vote, should fill any vacancy that occurs at least 90 days before a general election. If any members resigned and the lawsuit succeeded, then the remaining members would have a hand in picking successors. That may weigh on the minds of the historically fractious board.

School board member Pam Speaks said at a state hearing last week that she would resign rather than fight for her seat. Nancy Jester and Donna Edler have expressed uncertainty when contacted by the AJC. The other suspended board members — Sarah Copelin-Wood and Jesse “Jay” Cunningham — could not be reached for comment.

Some DeKalb lawmakers, frustrated by what they see as an overreach by the executive branch, are pushing to rein in Deal’s powers. State Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick, D-Lithonia, said she was mulling legislation that would allow the governor to replace school board members only after collecting signatures from voters in their districts for a recall.

“I just want people to calm down and take a look at the other side,” said Kendrick, who warned that voters could be “usurped” by state officials. “Think about what this kind of precedent will shape politics moving forward.”

State Sen. Emanuel Jones, D-Decatur, said the powers lawmakers gave the governor were “intended to be a club that no one would ever use.” Now that he’s used them, Jones said, it’s time to rethink that authority.

“I’m hearing concerns about the process. The governor didn’t put the process in place – the Legislature did,” said Jones, D-Decatur. “And we have the responsibility to rework the bill.”

The governor’s office wouldn’t comment on whether the law needed tweaking, but it said Deal had little choice but to take the one “legal step at his disposal” and suspend DeKalb’s board members. “While others fight on behalf of the people who brought the school system to the brink, Governor Deal will fight for our children and the home values of residents throughout DeKalb,” said Deal spokesman Brian Robinson.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

166 comments Add your comment

ajax

March 1st, 2013
6:22 am

Let’s see. The accreditation board doesnt want you there. The parents dont want you there. The governor doesnt want you there. I am sure the students dont want you there. At some time, these idiots have to realize that no one wants them there.

reality check

March 1st, 2013
6:24 am

A protracted legal fight will inevitably result in lass of accreditation. Any board member who doesn’t realize that and resign is stupid and selfish. I would add Walker is also corrupt.

In the end voters in DeKalb have themselves to blame for electing incompetent officials.

mountain man

March 1st, 2013
6:34 am

Dekalb County, the NAACP, and all those Board members deserve whatever they get. The children will lose out, but, hey, who cares about them? Let all caring parents move out of Dekalb county (or should we just refer to it as Clayton County North?)

Cindy Lutenbacher

March 1st, 2013
6:38 am

It’s hard to imagine that board members would fight the suspension when it could have some disastrous results for the children of DeKalb. Yet, Mr. Walker at least seems determined to do just that. I have a lot of respect for Dr. Speaks for being willing to step down.
At the same time, I have no trust in Governor Deal’s ability to replace board members with worthy folks.
What a royal mess.

mountain man

March 1st, 2013
6:47 am

“It’s hard to imagine that board members would fight the suspension when it could have some disastrous results for the children of DeKalb. ”

Why is that so hard to imagine? The entire reason they are on the verge of losing accreditation and the reason they are being suspended by Deal is because they put feathering their own nest WAY ahead of any concerns for the students.

Mad

March 1st, 2013
6:52 am

To Mountain Man, NO you refer to it as Dekalb County Period!!! Clayton County is not in this MESS, been there, done that!!

WilieJo

March 1st, 2013
6:58 am

If Walker had any integrity he would get a bag for his head to hide his shame. Instead he will get a lawyer and use taxpayer funds to drag this out, endanger accreditation and harm the kids.

concernedmom30329

March 1st, 2013
7:01 am

Cindy

The members of the committee that Deal appointed are really high caliber. I suspect Deal will go with their recommendations. The scary thing is who will want these positions. As we have seen with Melvin Johnson’s election, there are plenty of people out there whose main goal is to protect the status quo of friends and family.
Hopefully, the committee will see through those candidates.

bootney farnsworth

March 1st, 2013
7:02 am

further proof the legislature is full of idiots. Jones says they gave the governor a club he was not intended to use?

bootney farnsworth

March 1st, 2013
7:05 am

I urge the citizens of DeKalb to sue Gene Walker if he uses your money to try to keep his job.

mountain man

March 1st, 2013
7:06 am

“Jones says they gave the governor a club he was not intended to use?”

Sort of like a sequester. Or bringing a gun to threaten someone with. What if they call your bluff? Then you had better be ready to “use your weapon”. If you don’t want it used, don’t bring it.

mountain man

March 1st, 2013
7:08 am

“To Mountain Man, NO you refer to it as Dekalb County Period!!! Clayton County is not in this MESS, been there, done that!! ”

So are you saying that I am insulting Clayton County by comparing it to Dekalb? That IS sad!

Principal Skinner

March 1st, 2013
7:08 am

Prediction: The Fed Court schedules further hearings, which only results in more delays………….while the students and teachers of DCSS suffer…………..and the taxpayers’ $$$$$$$ is wasted on, and by, a pathologically inept group of selfish individuals

Pardon My Blog

March 1st, 2013
7:15 am

Walker damaged his own reputation years ago by his own misdeeds, he just doesn’t like the fact that someone has finally called him on the carpet about it and it is very public.

The DeKalb NAACP is in a delicate position. It is not about voting rights being taken away, these districts (unless I am mistaken) will probably get a special election to vote for a replacement that has applied and is qualified to run. Instead, the NAACP is choosing to fight for some of these individuals who have repeatedly “raped” the system and therefore have potentially damaged the educational opportunities for the students they supposedly are working for.

@concernedmom – Yes, Melvin Johnson is more of the same. He was part of the Clew crew and will work to further that agenda if he can.

bootney farnsworth

March 1st, 2013
7:16 am

more than ever I’m convinced the State should pull all its funding from DCSS. let DCSS stand or fall based on DeKalb tax revenues and whatever they can con from the Fed.

while I personally feel DCSS has reached such a dysfunctional state Deal had the right to lower the boom (note to Emmanuel Jones – never give someone a weapon you don’t want used. moron), the situation is also so bad the good citizens of DeKalb deserve it.

its time Georgia overall makes the tough decision we can’t save those who actively refuse to save themselves.

bootney farnsworth

March 1st, 2013
7:18 am

God must have told Gene to completely destroy the system and himself in the process.

just further proof having a Ph.D. doesn’t mean you know enough to come in out of the rain. what is Gene’s Ph.D. in, anyways?

bootney farnsworth

March 1st, 2013
7:27 am

@ mountain

once, a looooooooooooooooooooong time ago I was attending a party. there was one obnoxious fool who was running around grabbing the female guests by the privates, crashing conversations, and (worse of all) hogging the keg. and no one would do anything about it – he was sorta big and in the “in crowd”

so I confronted him, and got a Gene the Machine kinda response, punctuated by “so whatcha gonna do? make me? ” with an invitation to hit him. so I did. hard. side note, I know how to box and wrestled in school. plus I was sober and he wasn’t

the first thing he did when he could draw breath again? cry about the fact I honored his request and hit him.

the parallels are amazing to DCSS and Gene the machine,aren’t they?

"Increase the Dole"

March 1st, 2013
8:05 am

Question for ANYONE, how does this new thing about taxes and homeowners being able to direct money to another (private) school work? If my son attends a private school, but not in Dekalb, can I direct my tax money there?

just a mom

March 1st, 2013
8:12 am

“School board member Eugene Walker says his reputation is at stake and he intends to wage battle in court.”

His reputation – lol.

BT

March 1st, 2013
8:22 am

What amazes me is that if this dysfunction was in the corprate world, they would be FIRED! No due process, no lawsuits!! It is obvious that the DCCSS is in trouble and by keeping these clowns on is beyond me.

kidsfirst

March 1st, 2013
8:28 am

These school board members using Dekalb money to save their jobs obviously do not belong their. Their whole argument is that the law is unconstitutional because it removes the right of the voter. Hey, I hate to tell them, but this has been done for over a century. Its called IMPEACHMENT!! Both elected and non-elected officials have been impeached and some have been removed. Bill Clinton was impeached. If the senate voted, they would have removed him as the sitting president. There are many other instances, both on the national and local level, in which elected officials are removed from office. But, you taxpayers in Dekalb will pay almost a $1m if not more in legal fees to get that from the judge. Sad sad.

Private Citizen

March 1st, 2013
8:43 am

If anyone needs a bouncer for their party, bootney is available for a side gig. He’ll even bring some LED solar garden lights and stuff.
________________

Might it help if the “federal court” is expedient in addressing the case?

Mountain Man

March 1st, 2013
8:49 am

“just further proof having a Ph.D. doesn’t mean you know enough to come in out of the rain.”

You are referring to a “piled higher degree”?

Mountain Man

March 1st, 2013
8:51 am

“The DeKalb NAACP is in a delicate position.”

They obviously do not care about Advancing the colored students of Dekalb county.

Cammi317

March 1st, 2013
9:08 am

This whole scene is so flipping embarrasing! These nuts were more concerned about holding a position then they were about actually doing the jobs they were elected to do. They had the chance and blew it, and now they want to run up tax payer money trying to hold on to positions where they fell short in their job duties. Now that dumb representative from the NAACP’s sound bite about “we have bled to long to be thrown out” and how other black representatives should feel bad that black people are about to lose their positions!?! What the heck does any of that have to do with educating the children of DeKalb County????????? This is not a Civil Rights issue, this is about a defunct board who has failed our children.

I am a black female who graduated from a DeKalb County high school in 1989, Clarkston High School to be exact. The school system was waaaaaay better 24 years ago, including the quality of teachers and the education received. I have a daughter who is currently in 9th grade and I made the decision after 6th grade to place her in private school. That was not an easy decision as I am a single mother it takes a good portion of my income to keep her there. However, her education is worth it to me. If these suspended board members truly cared about the children of DeKalb County, they would just step aside and let someone else with fresher views take over.

Mountain Man

March 1st, 2013
9:08 am

Mea Culpa! I admit to everyone on this blog that I have stereotypical views of urban school systems (as I was accused of). Stereotypes are used when there is insufficient data to make a decision on the data alone. I lock the doors to my car when I am in Atlanta and there is a group of “normally-dressed” (pants-on-the-ground) black teenagers approaching. In my defense, I also lock my doors when I am in Dawsonville and a group of “skinheads” are approaching. And I DON”T lock my doors when a group of well-dressed black “businessmen” approach. So, yes, I have stereotypical views.

I was WRONG when I initially assumed that the Grady girl lived in a household with no father – but why not? The statistics made this likely. I used my best guess until I had more information.

Mountain Man

March 1st, 2013
9:13 am

“I am a black female who graduated from a DeKalb County high school in 1989, Clarkston High School to be exact. The school system was waaaaaay better 24 years ago, including the quality of teachers and the education received. I have a daughter who is currently in 9th grade and I made the decision after 6th grade to place her in private school. That was not an easy decision as I am a single mother it takes a good portion of my income to keep her there. However, her education is worth it to me. If these suspended board members truly cared about the children of DeKalb County, they would just step aside and let someone else with fresher views take over.”

Thank you, Cammi317, for saying things that the rest of us cannot say because “we don’t have skin in the game” or “you would not understand, being white”. The STUDENTS are losing in this battle.

BTW, my wife also graduated from Clarkston.

Starik

March 1st, 2013
9:15 am

Boots, the PhD was in History, according to his website. Now I’d like to know the subject of his doctoral dissertation.

skipper

March 1st, 2013
9:21 am

Incompetents electing incompetance. Why do the voters bring folks in who absolutely cannot handle the job. This is a bad scene, and it probably will not get better.

Maureen Downey

March 1st, 2013
9:35 am

@To all, Here is a letter that one parent sent to the board:

It must be very frustrating to have been on the DeKalb County School Board. The SAC probation was the last straw for taxpayers. We are paying how many superintendents from Johnny Brown to Atkinson? Lost textbooks? Questionable hiring practices? Lack of ethics? Deficit spending? Poor teacher morale? Lack of student achievement?

I know many of these problems were there when you arrived on the board. In one term, it would be hard for you to solve the problems.

Now, the state has suspended all of you except those who just took their seats in 2013. It’s hard. It may not seem fair.

Using taxpayer dollars to fight for your jobs when so many taxpayers want a major change is close to criminal. Please leave with your heads held high. I don’t expect the other three board members do so. They have done all they can to secure jobs for family and friends at the expense of teachers’ salaries and classroom funding. We don’t need a TV studio with boring cable programming so certain people can have jobs over $100K when our children’s test scores are in the toilet. We need to put money in the classroom and in the hands of teachers.

Please take the high road. Leave with grace and dignity so we can start rebuild the school system. I think it will pay off for you in the long run. I have no hope for the other three board members to ever take the high road.

Cammi317

March 1st, 2013
9:42 am

I agree 100% with that letter!

Truth in Moderation

March 1st, 2013
9:47 am

ATTENTION DEKALB SCHOOL BOARD:
You might want to consider donating $25,000 to your favorite 501c3 CHARITY.
It seems to have worked for Google….
ht tp://www.bloom berg.com/news/2013-02-28/google-helped-honor-ftc-chairman-during-agency-inquiry.html (remove spaces)

Truth in Moderation

March 1st, 2013
9:54 am

After reviewing ALL the criminal corruptocrats to choose from, I BACK THE DEKALB SCHOOL BOARD. They have FAR MORE integrity.

tired

March 1st, 2013
9:54 am

Why not hold a special election, allowing all the members to fight for their seats with the voters, then we can make our choice. If the people of DeKalb choose to vote these morons back into office, that that is what we get. Please do so before the new school year though, so I can move.

Mountain Man

March 1st, 2013
9:56 am

Maureen – time to get current with the latest news on the Grady girl who shot herself in the leg. Apparently, she wasn’t as good of a girl as her parents and friends were describing.

Pardon My Blog

March 1st, 2013
10:08 am

@Truth – since you Home School and hate public education, why do you care? and why back the School Board? to further the “home school” agenda?

I would like to know when this bill was introduced in the first place, where all the indignation was from Jones and others. Have they done anything in the interim to try to modify this bill? or are they just trying to further their own political agenda?

George S. Patton, Jr.

March 1st, 2013
10:09 am

Pardon My Blog, I am intrigued by your comment related to the “Clew Crew”. Please elaborate and explain. Is it associated with the Divine Nine Fraternity / Sorority system or is it simply a nepotism scheme?

“@concernedmom – Yes, Melvin Johnson is more of the same. He was part of the Clew crew and will work to further that agenda if he can.”

Maureen Downey

March 1st, 2013
10:10 am

@To all, Here is the latest from AJC.com. Unsure why this October hit and run charge is only being made now if the police knew it was her.
By the way, her parents have more to worry about now than whether she gets to go to college.
Read this full story here:

By Christian Boone and John Spink

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Grady High School student who accidentally shot herself in the thigh Wednesday is facing four new felony charges in connection with a hit-and-run incident last October.

Morgan Tukes, who was granted bond Thursday in the shooting incident, spent another night in jail and will have a second hearing Friday in the hit-and-run case, Fulton County sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said.

Flanagan said Friday that four new charges — all felonies — have been filed against Tukes: aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, obstruction, fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, and reckless driving.

According to a police report obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the hit-and-run took place in the parking lot of a McDonald’s on Ponce De Leon Avenue last October. The report said someone in a black Ford Explorer struck a city vehicle and fled.

The report said the driver, allegedly Tukes, refused to stop when instructed to do so by a Fulton County sheriff’s deputy who was working at the location.

On Thursday, Magistrate Judge Jessy Lall Bond set bond at $41,000 for Tukes, 17, in connection with Wednesday’s incident at Grady High. She is charged with a felony — possession of a pistol by a minor — and three misdemeanors: carrying a weapon within a school safety zone, reckless conduct and disruption of a public school.

Judge Lall ordered Tukes to stay 100 yards away from the Grady High campus, prohibited her from possessing a firearm and forbid firearms in the house where she’s staying. A hearing was set for March 14 in Fulton Superior Court.

John Bennett

March 1st, 2013
10:12 am

State Sen. Emanuel Jones, D-Decatur, is either dishonest or unaware of the facts. After the horrible failure of Clayton County schools, the legislature put in place a law to prevent that type of failure in the future. The legislature specifically intended to remove a board of education if accreditation is at risk.
Jones said the powers lawmakers gave the governor were “intended to be a club that no one would ever use.” The legislature built the club to stop a Clayton-style disaster from occurring again. The legislature created the tool to solve a problem that we wish we could have solved during the Clayton melt-down. It is fatuous of Jones to say no one intended the power to be used. The power was created to solve exactly the type of problem we’re seeing in DeKalb. So the question is, Why would Jones concoct such a patently imbecilic excuse for opposing the school board removal?

Father of 5

March 1st, 2013
10:12 am

The letter is focused, thoughtful, well-reasoned, logical, and appeals to a basic sense of decency. The letter is addressed to a group that has not shown the capacity to grasp any of those characteristics. The crux is that “using taxpayer dollars to fight for your jobs when so many taxpayers want a major change is close to criminal.” Indeed. It evidences inability to focus, thoughtlessness, irrational and reactionalry defensiveness, a wholly illogical response to very serious problems, and an arrogance that puts their self-interests way above the critical needs of those they were elected to represent.

If they really cared about Constitutional concerns, they could file amicus briefs with the challenge that is already pending. Walker doesn’t really care about fighting injustice — he cares about his job and his reputation (which will continue to take hits as long as he continues to step on the throats of Dekalb taxpayers). His doesn’t understand that has the ability to help restore his valued reputation by doing the right thing — dropping his suit, halting the $150k wasted to have a law firm train people how to do the jobs that they should already know how to do, and urging his fellow suspended board members to follow his lead and resign. As we all know, the letter above will fall on deaf ears.

bu2

March 1st, 2013
10:17 am

You can’t blame just Walker. You have to blame Deal as well. He DID have a choice. Removing the board members wasn’t mandatory. If he had any sense he would know Walker would fight and that we would be in this position of limbo with no certainty as to what the courts would do. He has Sumter Co. as an example.

And this was not impeachment. Other than Walker being identified as chairman of the board, the report does not identify any board member. There is no review of the evidence. And there are no criminal acts. They are being removed for, as a group, incompetence, interfering with the day to day operations and generally being obnoxious. No official gets impeached so lightly. If that were the criteria, the vast majority of government officials would be impeached.

Lee

March 1st, 2013
10:26 am

@Mountain, re “Thank you, Cammi317, for saying things that the rest of us cannot say because “we don’t have skin in the game”…”

But we do have skin in the game. Walker and Co. are suing the state and it is the state Attorney General who is having to devote time and resources to defend against this suit.

On top of that, I think there is a good probablility that the Dekalb board members will prevail.

If they don’t, then Walker will probably buy some of those “traditional African clothes”, and run for office claiming a political “lynching” by the evil white governor – sorta what mayor Marion Barry did in Washington DC. Given the demographics in Dekalb, he’d be a shoo-in to get elected back to office.

Maureen Downey

March 1st, 2013
10:30 am

@Father, I am hoping the $150,000 training fee gets reduced now that there are so few people left to train. I am curious: Have any of you who live in Johnson’s, McMahan’s or Orson’s districts heard from your newly elected school board reps why they thought this pricey training was necessary given all the less expensive options? I have no doubt that they would expressed skepticism about this deal when they were ordinary citizens. Something about getting elected changes people’s spending habits.
Maureen

Mountain Man

March 1st, 2013
10:33 am

“You can’t blame just Walker. You have to blame Deal as well. He DID have a choice. Removing the board members wasn’t mandatory. If he had any sense he would know Walker would fight and that we would be in this position of limbo with no certainty as to what the courts would do. ”

Are you saying that Deal should have LEFT things the way they were, after the State BOE unanimously recommended he remove them? Just give up without a fight? They created this law to give a recourse in caseof another Clayton County – it needs to be tested in court, in other words, it needs to be used. The “club” failed to scare Walker into quitting on his own, so it is time to hit him over the head with it. The court just has to determine if the club is “constitutional”.

bu2

March 1st, 2013
10:34 am

I’m beginning to come around on the Thurmond appointment. At first I thought firing Atkinson should not have been a priority and bringing in someone without an education background was a poor choice. But the board may well have forseen this situation. An unsupervised Atkinson would have been a disaster. Thurmond’s political skills and managerial skills may be necessary in a period when we essentially have no board (or two boards).

Truth in Moderation

March 1st, 2013
10:35 am

“What amazes me is that if this dysfunction was in the corprate world, they would be FIRED!”

LOL!
It IS in the corporate world. AND THEY ARE RICHLY REWARDED FOR IT!
ht tp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eJYYnnTJ3s (remove space)

“I simply do not know where the money is or why the accounts have not been reconciled.”

And what is Jon up to now?

“Former MF Global chief Jon Corzine is mulling a hedge fund launch as reports indicate that he is no longer facing criminal charges in the collapse of the futures brokerage.

Investigators spent 10 months looking into the firm’s failure and the disappearance of about $1 billion in customer money. But they haven’t found anything criminal and are close to concluding that there was no fraud involved.”
ht tp://www.finalternatives.com/node/21325

HMMMMM. IV’E GOT AN IDEA!
Quick! DEKALB SCHOOL BOARD, CALL JON NOW AND TELL HIM YOU WOULD LIKE TO INVEST THE COUNTY TEACHERS’ PENSION FUND WITH HIM.

You will be MADE IN THE SHADE!

sliderule

March 1st, 2013
10:38 am

Maureen

It would seem inferable from the article that the GHS student was identified by witnesses from her mugshot.

Mountain Man

March 1st, 2013
10:39 am

Thank you, Maureen, for posting the update about the Grady girl. Four new felonies – stemming from a hit and run where she also hit a deputy in her escape.

As for your question about why now – perhaps they could not identify the vehicle until she was investigated for the gunshot, then they realized, holy cow, her vehicle is the one we were looking for in this hit-and-run.

Now if someone could clear up the question about the supposed “Bloods” gang hand sign on her facebook page. Us inquiring minds want to know!

bu2

March 1st, 2013
10:49 am

@MM
Tested at the expense of the students? If we have no board, we can’t approve a budget and there’s little doubt we lose accreditation.

I believe its more important to get results than to be “right.” And Deal could have held it over their head until the May SACS review. That also would have given him time to get appointments ready instead of suspending and then starting to look. Having known potential appointments could increase pressure on the board members to step aside, especially if their interests were being represented. Instead, we have Deal saying, “Trust me.”

Now I didn’t think it was “right” to remove them in the first place. Dekalb was not electing the same old idiots every time. 3 of the members were brand new and 2 others were elected 2 years ago. So a majority of the board had little or nothing to do with the problems. And at least 3 of the 4 others were likely to get defeated in the next election (one barely won last time, one barely won and her seat is going away, two others will be in the same district).

Mountain Man

March 1st, 2013
10:58 am

“Tested at the expense of the students? If we have no board, we can’t approve a budget and there’s little doubt we lose accreditation”

Deal didn’t file the test case – Walker and company did. Why did they not just accept the reappointment of interim board members while fighting to get their jobs back – why file for an injunction to prevent Deal from appointing new board members? They just want maximum leverage.