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08 September 2008

Stick A Fork In ClayCo Schools, They Are Done

Despite both the Governor and the voters cleaning house down in Clayton County, it doesn't seem to have had any effect on the current school board.

The latest news is that the board has put off the people's business for two weeks. The latest news is that this past Saturday, the school district scheduled a training session for the school board members. Only one, Trinia Garrett, showed up. The latest news is that schools superintendent John Thompson still has that bogus contract that allows him to overrule everything the school board does so long as his actions don't violate state law. [Sources: Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Clayton school board delays business for two weeks", September 8, 2008; "Clayton schools lose accreditation; board members ousted", August 28, 2008]

To paraphrase the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Maureen Downey, there doesn't seem to be a lot of hope left for the possibility of Clayton County Schools re-claiming their accreditation. And if there is any hope, it's probably just a fool's hope.

As much as I love local control, I believe that now is the time for legislative leaders to sit down and start drafting legislation that would allow for the state to take control of the Clayton County School System.