Atlanta cheating scandal: Branded! OK, sanctioned.

The Atlanta School Board has been sanctioned by the Georgia Attorney General’s office for violations of the Open Records Act and the Open Meetings Act  for actions surrounding the CRCT cheating scandal. This one year probation, effective immediately, means that board members and key staffers must receive additional training and be ever so careful, lest they wind up in court.

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Among the most serious of the public records violations, investigators said Hall — who left the system June 30 — and former Deputy Superintendent Kathy Augustine illegally suppressed a report by a testing expert last year that largely confirmed an AJC analysis that suggested test cheating occurred. The district withheld that report  from the media and public.

Among the most serious of the open meetings violations happened in April,when Gov. Nathan Deal summoned the board, Hall and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to the Capitol for a private meeting. It came on the heels of Deal signing legislation giving him the power to remove board members if they did not make sufficient progress by midsummer toward regaining full accreditation.

The meeting was held despite objections from the AJC that the Georgia Open Meetings Act requires such meetings to be open to the public, because a quorum of the board was present. Senate Democratic whip Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, also filed a formal complaint with the attorney general.

Sounds like Governor Deal nees additional training in adhering to the Open Meetings Act, too. Read the full story.

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