UPDATE: Video of the Supreme Court oral arguments has been posted:
From “On Common Ground” News:
State school boards organization joins Eugene Walker lawsuit
The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) has filed a friend of the court brief in the case of former DeKalb School Board chairman Eugene Walker against the state of Georgia. The brief was filed on Friday, May 31. The case is set for a hearing [Monday] before the Georgia Supreme Court.
“We are elated that the Georgia School Boards Association is supporting our position that the law that gave Governor Deal the authority to remove certain DeKalb Board members is a violation of the Georgia Constitution,” said Walker, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit. “This friend of the court brief filed by this highly regarded organization speaks with us as a united voice for school boards all over this great state.”
The GSBA is the second organization to join Walker in challenging the state statute. 1Person1Vote, which is paying for Walker’s defense, is also challenging the statute. 1Person1Vote is a coalition of educators, former school board members, the faith community, business people, union representatives, and other activists. The organization emphasizes the ouster of DeKalb school board members is not an issue of personalities, but the constitutionality of the law that gives the Governor power to remove elected constitutional officers.
S13Q0981 DeKalb County School District et al. v. Georgia State Board of Education et al.
The case was streamed this morning via the State Supreme Court’s live web feed. It should be available to view again in a day or so. Click here to check.
In the meantime, feel free to download the court briefings. They make for very interesting reading – and a very interesting discussion. Join us!