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NAACP-led group opposes governor's handling of DeKalb School Board

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NAACP leaders and some state lawmakers are furious over how the governor has used his power to choose who will represent DeKalb County schools. They say it's not the fact that two-thirds of the board members are being replaced, it is how they're being replaced that they say is unfair.  

The NAACP along with the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus say the residents of DeKalb County should be the ones to decide who serves on the DeKalb County School Board, not Gov. Nathan Deal.

The agency placed the district on probation after SACS determined the district was inundated with problems. Fearing the district would lose accreditation, Deal stepped in and removed six of nine board members and then appointed a panel to choose who will fill those spots.

The opposing group led by the NAACP says it's not up to Deal.

"We're not speaking on whether the school board members deserve be in place or not. That's not the issue. The issue is whether a governor should act like a dictator. Whether a governor should have the single power to remove someone from office who was elected by the people," said Edward Dubose, the president of the Georgia NAACP.

"Gov. Deal told this group and he'll tell any group that the children are the victims caught in the middle. He had one choice and what he chose was to make sure every student graduates from an accredited school," said Brian Robinson, the governor's spokesperson.  

The opposing groups say that the district has time to shape up before it would lose its accreditation.

"He has acted harshly and I think that the people of DeKalb have spoken and if they want them to be removed they should either have a recall or vote them out in 2014," said Dee Dawkins-Haigler of the Legislative Black Caucus.

 "In a perfect world, we want the people to have the final choice. If they choose bad apples, let them choose bad apples. If they choose good apples, let them choose good apples, but at least let them choose," said Dubose.

The opposition group says they're not giving up their fight, and plans to explore legal options on how they can stop the governor from proceeding.

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