Georgia Supreme Court hears arguments in DeKalb County school board case
DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -
The Georgia Supreme Court heard arguments Monday morning in the DeKalb County school board case.
Eugene Walker is challenging the suspension of himself and five others from the DeKalb County school board.
He is also challenging the 2010 statute that authorizes Gov. Nathan Deal to permanently remove them, according to a release from the Supreme Court of Georgia.
"It infringes on the voters' right to choose an elected public board and it infringes on the guarantee of an elected public board," Walker's attorney Thomas Cox told the court.
On Feb. 25, Deal issued an executive order suspending the six members as recommended by the state board. They were removed for failing to do their job and landing the district on probation with its accrediting agency.
In March, the federal court held a hearing to consider Walker's and the school district's motion for preliminary injunction. The federal court denied their motion and vacated the earlier temporary restraining order.
On March 16, Deal appointed six new members to the DeKalb County board and they have since taken office.
"It plainly turns on the qualification issue of whether their actions caused this school district to potentially lose accreditation," said Stefan Critter, attorney for the governor and state board of education. "This statute is about protecting the schools and the children in those schools."
Walker talked briefly to reporters as he left court.
"It's about who the people elect and who the people choose to represent them," said Walker. "They hire them. They ought to be able to fire them and nobody else."
Walker said he is fighting for all voters' rights to elect school board officials.
"I will not be bitter," said Walker. "I'm going to stay sweeter. If I win, good. If I lose I'm going to keep fighting."
The Supreme Court will hand down a ruling in the fall.
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