A 12-member review team from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is in Clayton County this week to determine whether the school district has met the necessary requirements to retain its accreditation.
In 2008, the school system became the first in the nation in 40 years to lose accreditation. SACS pointed to micro management and infighting among school board members as reasons for stripping the district's accreditation.
The loss of accreditation sent property values plummeting and caused families to scramble to enroll their children in other school systems.
Eventually, Clayton County Public Schools regained accreditation.
Then last year, SACS sent the district a letter saying that its school board members - many who were new to the board - were putting the district's accreditation in jeopardy again because of more infighting and more micro management.
Since then, board members have pledged to do a better job of working together to meet goals. Parents have noticed that teachers and principals are doing a better job of reaching out to them.
"We're coming to monthly meetings about the CRCT and about our kids' education," said Shayna Robinson, whose daughter is in the fourth grade. "I see a big outpour from the parents now because we don't want to lose our accreditation."
The SACS review team arrived in Clayton County on Sunday. It will meet with board members, administrators, teachers, students and parents each day through Wednesday as part of a regular five-year accreditation review.
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