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Statement from Superintendent Kathy Cox Regarding Clayton County Schools Accreditation

MEDIA CONTACT: GaDOE Communications office, (404) 463-1487,  dtofig@gadoe.org     "I am very saddened that the Clayton County School District has lost its accreditation. My immediate thoughts are with the students, teachers and parents who are directly affected by this decision. The future of many excellent students, especially those in Clayton County high schools, has been thrust into turmoil by the actions of the very people who were elected to look out for their best interests."   "I fully support  Governor Perdue's decision  today to follow Judge Malihi’s ruling to remove four of the Clayton County School Board members. There is now a window of opportunity for the new and remaining board members to seek reinstatement of the district's accreditation within a year and I hope they will commit themselves to fully addressing all of the concerns raised by SACS. As new members of the Clayton County School Board are seated, it is my hope they will commit to operating in full compliance with the letter and spirit of all local and state rules, laws and regulations."   "In the meantime, I will work with Governor Perdue, University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll Davis and other leaders around the state to help secure the futures of these students and all who attend Clayton County public schools. We will seek any and all flexibility in state policies and rules to make sure thousands of students are not harmed by the actions of the school board."   "It is important for the public to know that today's decision reflects solely on the actions of the Clayton County School Board. It is not reflective of the many excellent educators and students in Clayton County."   "Additionally, I hope today's announcement serves as a reminder to all citizens just how important it is for a district to have a functional, productive and professional school board. As we approach election day, I hope Georgia voters will take the time to get to know their school board candidates and choose those that they believe will best represent the interests of students, teachers and citizens. The power is in your hands."  
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