Ty Tagami informed AJC readers today that the Supreme Court of Georgia has announced that they have the DeKalb school board case on their docket and will consider it. They have up to six months to make a decision.
The school governance controversy in DeKalb County has moved to Georgia’s highest court, where justices could take up to half a year to consider whether the displacement of six school board members was unconstitutional.
Last week, Gov. Nathan Deal named six new members for the DeKalb school board, after suspending six who were in office last year when the system’s accreditation dropped precipitously.
The suspended board members sued in federal court, and last week the judge asked the Georgia Supreme Court to consider the constitutionality of the 2011 law authorizing Deal’s action. On Monday, the state’s high court docketed the case.
The justices will consider two questions: Does the state’s new law violate a constitutional “doctrine” that school systems be controlled by elected school boards, and did the General Assembly extend unconstitutional powers to the governor?