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24 September 2008

Democrats & Republicans Work Together, Get Results For ClayCo Students

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and 13th district Congressman David Scott may belong to different political parties, but when it comes to making sure that Clayton County students are able to attend the college of their choice anywhere in the nation, Perdue and Scott are on the same team.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that because of pleas from Gov. Perdue, a Republican, and Congressman Scott, a Democrat, Florida's 11 public colleges and universities reversed its decision not to admit students graduating from the unaccredited Clayton County School System.

Last week, Florida officials said they planned to uphold a policy that says students should have a diploma from a "regionally accredited high school" to attend a state university. Florida Chancellor Mark B. Rosenberg decided today to overlook that policy for Clayton County students.

"We’re not holding it against the students the fact that they are coming from schools that lost accreditation," Edmonds said. "Accreditation is important and the expectation is that Clayton County will work to get its accreditation restored as soon as possible. This will not be a permanent arrangement."
[Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Florida universities decide to admit Clayton students", September 24, 2008]

Last week, it was reported in the Clayton News-Daily that Congressman Scott was pleading with colleges and universities across the nation to overlook Clayton County Schools' loss of accreditation when reviewing applications from perspective students [Source: Clayton News-Daily, "College admission problems ahead for Clayton pupils", September 19, 2008]. It appears as if the work of both Scott and Perdue is producing positive results.