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Facebook Page Seeks Recall of Atlanta School Board
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Facebook Page Seeks Recall of Atlanta School Board

ATLANTA -- You knew it had to happen.

Someone has created a Facebook page aimed at recalling members of the Atlanta School Board.

The page was launched Tuesday night, just hours after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools put Atlanta Public Schools' accreditation on probation due to the political bickering of a "dysfunctional" board.

The first post on the Facebook recall page is supposedly from a parent with two children in Atlanta public schools who writes, "it is my desire to build support for my children and many others in demanding that the board immediately resign or otherwise step down."

Meanwhile, the battle continues over whether the board should fight back or comply with recommendations from SACS to save their accreditation.

Some, like former Atlanta City Councilman Derrick Boazman, are raising questions about possible "political" motives by the accrediting agency.

"Does SACS control the school board or does the school board control its own destiny?" he asked listeners on his WAOK radio show.

While many state lawmakers support cooperation, another is raising questions about whether SACS is biased and gives them an "F" for their probation report.

"This is a political move by the accrediting agency, which produced a biased and vague report full of hearsay and unattributed quotes," claims State Senator Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta).

On Wednesday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed blasted the board for ignoring and even rebuking SACS' earlier warnings.

He was incredulous that anyone thinks they should fight back.

"Really? That stuff's unconscionable," Reed said.

Reed also pointed out what happened to Clayton County Schools when they fought SACS and lost their accreditation in 2008.

"It felt like a nightmare," said Clayton County parent Vernetta Reeves about hearing that Atlanta's school system is now in trouble.

She and her three children lived through Clayton County's nightmare and doesn't recommend picking a fight with SACS.

"It's not worth it," Reeve said. "It's not worth the pain, not at all and you can see the looks on your children, on your child's face, that's it's not worth it."

SACS representative Dr. Mark Elgart will meet publicly with Atlanta School Board members next Monday afternoon to discuss and answer questions about what they must do to avoid losing accreditation by next September.

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