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Clayton school board members sacked for ethics law violations

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Gov. Sonny Perdue issued an executive order to remove four members of the Clayton County School Board and to confirm the removal of two others after the school system’s accreditation was revoked on Aug. 28.

Judge Michael Malihi of the Office of State Administrative Hearings found that the six board members had violated the Georgia Open Meetings Act and state ethics laws, mismanaged the district, and engaged in objectionable behavior, including name-calling and verbal attacks.

Perdue said he was placing the fate of the embattled school district in the hands of voters, who will have a chance to elect replacements this fall. Voters “can send a clear signal that the kind of behavior that has led to this ruling and the system’s loss of accreditation will not be tolerated,” Perdue said.

Clayton County is only the third school district in the nation to lose its accreditation in the past 20 years.

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