ATLANTA — In a story Feb. 25 about Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal suspended six DeKalb County school board members, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the affected members have 30 days to apply for reinstatement. Georgia state law allows the members to ask for reinstatement no sooner than 30 days after Deal's action and no later than 60 days after the governor's executive order went into effect.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Ga. governor suspends DeKalb school board members
Georgia governor suspends 6 of 9 school board members for state's third-largest system
By BILL BARROW
ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia's governor has signed an order to suspend six of nine members of an Atlanta-area school board that oversees the state's third-largest school system.
The DeKalb County School Board was previously put on probation through the end of 2013 and risks losing accreditation. An audit of the school system found evidence of fiscal mismanagement and unethical practices.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced the suspensions Monday although federal judge issued an order temporarily preventing him from replacing board members until after a hearing on Friday.
State education officials recommended suspensions for the board members after a roughly 14-hour meeting on Thursday.
Deal says he will appoint a nominating committee to find replacements for the ousted board members. The ousted members can seek reinstatement no sooner than 30 days after Deal's order and no later than 60 days after the governor's action.