Probation Rallies APS’ Supporters

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(AJC) — The threat to revoke the accreditation of Atlanta Public Schools last week was as ominous as a shark fin: Could one unruly school board somehow pull the whole city under? Shortly after the school system was placed on probation, however, powerful interests in the city and state coalesced into a formidable defensive line. Loss of accreditation, they said, simply can’t happen. “Come September, we will have an accredited, functioning school system,” state Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, said of a Sept. 30 deadline facing the school board to improve its governance. “We are all committed we will work our way through this … issue. That’s the most important message any of us could give.”

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