The DeKalb County school system is no longer on accredited probation. The district’s accrediting agency announced Tuesday it has placed DeKalb on “accredited warned” status.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools placed DeKalb on probation a little over a year ago. SACS chief Mark Elgart said the district has more made progress over the last year than SACS expected.
“I would tell you a year ago, this system was closer to losing accreditation than retaining it,” Elgart said. “However, a lot has happened in a year.”
The Supreme Court of Georgia unanimously upheld a 2010 state law authorizing Gov. Nathan Deal to suspend six members of the DeKalb County school board. Former DeKalb County school board chair Eugene Walker challenged the constitutionality of the law in federal court. Federal Judge Richard W. Story asked the state's High Court to determine whether the statute complies with the Constitution.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, or SACS, accredits schools and districts internationally and in metro Atlanta. SACS faced criticism recently over its accreditation methods. That triggered a meeting this week with the head of SACS and Georgia’s attorney general. The two men discussed how SACS can become more transparent.
The Clayton County school system is in the middle of a scheduled accreditation review. Stakeholders and parents are expected to watch the process carefully.
The district lost its accreditation in 2008. It took about three years to earn it back. Clayton Schools Spokesperson David Waller says with that in mind, the school system has been preparing for the three-day review conducted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The DeKalb County school board Wednesday night received an update from the head of its accrediting agency. In December, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools placed the district on accredited probation due to board governance problems. The recently re-constituted board has a lot of work ahead of it.
Mark Elgart, the CEO of SACS’ parent company, said by December 31 the board will need to: (1) develop a plan for student achievement, (2) improve the district’s finances, and (3) demonstrate effective governance.
Now that a Federal judge has cleared the way for Governor Nathan Deal to replace six of the nine members of the DeKalb County School Board, the school system begins the work of returning to full accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
The Georgia chapter of the NAACP gathered on the steps of the State Capitol Thursday. The group voiced their support for six suspended members of the DeKalb County school board, five of whom are African-American.
The NAACP took issue with Governor Deal’s decision to suspend the board members. Dee Dawkins-Haigler, the chair of Georgia’s Legislative Black Caucus, said the law that allows the governor to do that is flawed.
Governor Nathan Deal announced today he’ll sign an executive order to suspend six members of the DeKalb County school board.
The governor’s decision comes after a unanimous recommendation from the state board of education last week to suspend the six members. Governor Deal announced he’ll appoint a nominating committee to recommend replacements for the six members. Governor Deal also commended DeKalb interim superintendent Michael Thurmond, whom he met with this morning.
After a 14-hour hearing Thursday, the state board of education voted unanimously to recommend Governor Nathan Deal suspend six members of the DeKalb County school board with pay.
That means three newly-elected board members will keep their seats. The hearing was required by law since the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools placed the district on probation for governance problems.
The DeKalb County School District has filed a motion with the Superior Court of Fulton County asking for a temporary restraining order that would prevent the DeKalb school board's scheduled hearing before the State Board of Education on Thursday.
The DeKalb school system was placed on probation in December by its accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, for what SACS called board governance issues that were preventing major decisions from being made.
The DeKalb County school board will again face the state board of education next week, as a result of being placed on probation by its accrediting agency. It will be board members’ last chance to convince state officials they should keep their seats.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools placed the DeKalb board on probation in December for governance problems.
Board chair Eugene Walker said last week the board is constantly working on those problems to get off of probation.
Members of the Clayton County school board have prepared a response to a Letter of Concern they received from their accrediting agency. The Letter of Concern from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools says the board struggles with governance issues.
The concerns include “conflict among board members” and conducting a superintendent search without hiring a firm. Mark Elgart, the CEO of SACS’ parent company, told board members at a meeting last month they need to work as a united body.
This week, the Dekalb County School District was placed on probation by its accrediting agency. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has given the district four Required Actions it must meet in the next year in order to lift the sanction.
Mark Elgart is the CEO of SACS’ parent company, AdvancEd. He said the first thing board needs to do is develop a plan to help all of its members get along. The second requirement, Elgart said, is to act collectively.
The DeKalb County School District has been placed on probation by its accrediting agency. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) announced the sanction Monday after wrapping up a six-month investigation. The DeKalb Schools’ accreditation was already “on advisement,” mainly due to governance problems. Now, Mark Elgart, the CEO of SACS’ parent company, says the condition of the district is one of “conflict and chaos,” mainly because board members interfered with day-to-day operations of the school system.
Georgia Perimeter College has been sanctioned by its accrediting agency. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools issued a warning to the school after officials discovered a $25 million deficit. SACS spokesperson Pamela Cravey says the school failed to meet three key accreditation standards.
"Failure to comply with comprehensive standard 2.11.1 financial resources, comprehensive standard 3.10.1 financial stability and comprehensive standard 3.10.3 control of finances,” she says.
Today is December 5, and if we were to turn Georgia's clock back 71 years to this date in 1941, we'd find the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announcing that it was withdrawing its accreditation for ten Georgia colleges.
Georgia State University associate professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn joins WABE's Steve Goss to talk about the so-called "Cocking Affair".
Friday, an agency in charge of assessing school quality wraps up a visit to DeKalb County. But DeKalb isn’t the only metro Atlanta district that has struggled to keep its accreditation in good standing. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, or SACS, put the Atlanta Public Schools on probation last year. The district has since improved its status. In 2008, SACS revoked the Clayton County Schools' accreditation. It has since earned it back. Now, SACS is investigating the DeKalb school board for allegations of poor financial management and interfering in district operations.
The DeKalb County School District will soon receive a visit from its accrediting agency. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools will launch a three-day investigation of the district starting Wednesday. SACS says its received dozens of complaints about the DeKalb school board. Mark Elgart, the CEO of SACS’ parent company, says it comes down to governance.
The agency that accredits the DeKalb County Schools says they’ll conduct an investigation of the district. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools sent a letter to the school system last month, outlining several concerns. Mark Elgart, the CEO of SACS’ parent company, says they received more than 50 complaints in the last year about the DeKalb school board.