Clayton County, GA School Board to Take Stand

ATLANTA (AP) - Members of the embattled Clayton County school board are getting a chance to defend their reputations.

Several members are expected to take the stand Tuesday in the third day of a state administrative hearing on whether they should be removed from office. During 20 hours of testimony over two days
last week, witnesses detailed alleged unethical and illegal behavior by board members.

The hearing was requested by Gov. Sonny Perdue last month after a group of Clayton County residents petitioned him to unseat board members for alleged violations of state laws. The residents say that the board's actions put the district's accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in jeopardy.

The district is expected to find out from SACS next week if it's made enough progress to keep accreditation.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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