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Jan. 24

January 24, 2012 --

Clayton Co. school board dismisses porn charges against member Recorded evidence against indicted ex-sheriff released Cobb board member denies charter school conflict Former environmental head joins firm that lobbies for reservoirs Georgia lawmakers call for 3rd-party water testing on Ogeechee

Oct. 19

October 19, 2010 --

Ex-Rep. Nathan Deal paid $245K to aide’s wife ATL school board refuses on 5-4 vote to undo controversial actions ATL school board rejects ethics sanctions against member (who voted against undoing controversial actions) Governor orders probe of Dougherty Co. school system Dwindling fish won’t change reactor plans

Aug. 26

August 26, 2010 --

Ethics officer: Airport erred on DeCosta party ATL’s public school puppet regime Aviation museum: Boondoggle, inspiration or both? Albany housing non-profit welcomes probe 2 ex-officers indicted in Tybee Taser case DeKalb school board candidate disqualified Cobb asked to retain retiring elections chief @ $800/day Hancock Co. commissioner to lose seat after guilty plea

Aug. 19

August 19, 2010 --

Ga. company fined $3.3M in federal price-fixing probe Fayette school board faces accreditation inquiry Ga. EPD to investigate DeKalb development Perdue to investigate ATL school cheating 3 ATL firefighters file lawsuits in cheating probe Ethics Commission orders Sen. Harbison to pay $3,800 Clayton Co. cop accused of protecting drug dealers Is ATL school board protecting […]

June 8

June 8, 2010 --

ATL school employees will be referred for testing violations DeKalb parents blast school board on oversight

Bill targets school board ethics standards

March 22, 2010 --

The fallout from Clayton County schools’ recent meltdown, in all likelihood, will drift down on Georgia’s 179 other boards of education this summer. Lawmakers are nearing final approval of a bill, to take effect July 1, that would set minimum ethics standards for local school boards and empower the governor, in some cases, to remove members who can’t adhere to them. Read on …

DeKalb school board tables discussion of ethics code

DeKalb school board tables discussion of ethics code
December 8, 2009 --


A combative Eugene Walker on Monday talked the DeKalb County school board into holding off on discussing a proposed ethics code for board members. State Rep. Kevin Levitas last month proposed a state law giving the DeKalb board “a clear set of principles” to follow. Walker, who resigned as chairman of the DeKalb Development Authority this year after controversy over his role there, said Levitas’ proosal “offended” him. “We oughta throw it in the trash,” he said. “I don’t want to hear anything about it.”

Jackson Securities CEO, social studies teacher to join ATL school board

Jackson Securities CEO, social studies teacher to join ATL school board
September 8, 2009 --

A politically connected CEO and an Atlanta social studies teacher have qualified without opposition to seek four-year terms on the Atlanta Board of Education. So, barring an overwhelming write-in candidacy, Reuben R. McDaniel III (left), president and CEO of Jackson Securities LLC, and Courtney English, a teacher at Best Academy at Benjamin Carson, will be sworn in as board members come January. Under state law, English will need to leave his teaching job to take the board seat.

TAD bill amended yet again to give ATL, Gainesville an “opt out”

April 1, 2009 --

House Bill 63, which would let the BeltLine and other Tax Allocation District projects use school tax money, was amended yet again this afternoon in the Senate. With the latest change, school systems in Atlanta and Gainesville could “opt out” of their earlier approval of funding. That use of school funds was ruled unconstitutional last […]

ATL schools fight $18 million hit from new TAD bill

ATL schools fight $18 million hit from new TAD bill
March 31, 2009 --

Atlanta Public Schools are fighting changes to a bill that would let Tax Allocation Districts spend school tax money. A state Senate committee last week amended the bill to say a school board that had already approved a TAD would not have to vote on it again. School board chair LaChandra Butler Burks (right) says […]

TAD reauthorization snags Gainesville schools (maybe Cagle, too)

March 30, 2009 --

The amended House Bill 63, which reauthorizes spending of school tax money for non-school purposes in tax allocation districts, may also sweep up Gainesville city schools. Unlike Atlanta, Gainesville school officials have changed their minds and want out of the TAD there — at least for now. The Georgia Supreme Court ruled last year that […]