Judge To Governor: Hold Off On School Board

ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – A federal judge is temporarily preventing the governor from replacing DeKalb County school board members who were recommended for suspension by the state Board of Education.

Gov. Nathan Deal had scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. Monday to announce whether he would follow the recommendation to suspend six of the nine board members. Officials say the order from U.S. District Judge Richard Story doesn’t restrain the governor from suspending board members, but it enjoins him from implementing any decision pending a court hearing Friday.

The judge’s ruling was in response to a request from the DeKalb County school board. The school board is challenging the Georgia law that allows the governor to suspend board members at the recommendation of the state Board of Education.

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