APS Board Sanctioned by Attorney General

July 26, 2011  |  

(AJC) — The state attorney general’s office sanctioned the Atlanta Public Schools board Monday, essentially putting the board on a year’s probation for violations related to Georgia’s open meetings and public records laws.  Effective immediately, the state’s action came on the eve of a crucial state hearing at which Atlanta board members will fight to keep their jobs.  The board by unanimous vote agreed that they and key district staff members will take additional training about state law. Senior Assistant Attorney General Stefan Ritter said his office will also closely monitor the board over the next year to make sure it complies. If it does not, Ritter said his office will take the board to court.  “We are not in litigation about this but we are prepared to go into litigation if we have to,” Ritter said. “We’re not going to throw stones. We’re hopeful [problems] will be addressed.”

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