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(AJC) — House members are bracing for a floor fight over legislation to reduce the size of the DeKalb County school board and to give Gov. Nathan Deal the authority to remove all the members of Atlanta’s troubled school board.  Both measures were tacked on as amendments to an innocuous bill for Savannah-Chatham County schools earlier this week. The latter would give Deal the power that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed recently said he might seek to deal with the city school board’s infighting and the possibility it could cost the system its accreditation.  Deal’s two immediate predecessors, Govs. Sonny Perdue and Roy Barnes, had the same authority. Perdue exercised it twice in Clayton and Warren counties. Barnes used the law once.  Legislators said the law Perdue and Barnes used was cumbersome, and last year they passed a new one allowing the governor to sweep out full school boards. But it applies only to local board members elected after the law’s effective date, July 1, 2010.

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