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Federal judge approves Gov. Deal's removal of six DeKalb Co. school board members

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A federal judge has approved Gov. Deal's removal of six DeKalb County School Board members.

Gov. Deal removed the board members last Monday after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools put the district on probation last year, citing nepotism and infighting amongst the board.

The board is accused of gross mismanagement that resulted in a budget mess.

Gov. Deal did not remove the three newest members of the board. 

During a hearing on Friday, U.S. District Judge Richard Story told the courtroom that the issue was complex and he had to decide if Gov. Deal's decision violated the Georgia Constitution or U.S. Constitution.

On Monday, Judge Story said the issue is a matter of state law, and referred the ousted school board members to take the case to the Georgia Supreme Court, which can rule on state matters.

Parents told CBS Atlanta News, enough is enough.

"I want the litigation to stop, because either way, whichever way the ruling goes, there will be an appeal, and this will drag on," said Kirk Lunde with Concerned Citizens for a Unified DeKalb.

"The parents, as well as the people in the Department of Education, they need to try to work together to get some type of resolution. Because at the end of the day, it's affecting the kids," said parent Xabiera Bryant.

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