DeKalb County (Ga.) district placed on probation because of mismanagement

Dec. 18, 2012
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools says bickering and nepotism has hurt district

From Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia’s third largest school district, DeKalb County, has been placed on probation after a six-month-investigation into scores of complaints of mismanagement. The report by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accuses DeKalb officials of engaging in bickering and nepotism while letting district finances wither. The problems stem from a decade of poor governance that has caused a decline in academic performance and pushed the nearly 100,000-student system to the financial brink. The next step, accreditation loss, is “imminent” if officials don’t respond appropriately, officials with the association say.

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