Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Secretary of State Karen Handel Opens Investigation into the Election of Clayton County School Board Members

Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel opened an investigation Tuesday into the election of members of the Clayton County School Board immediately upon receiving a request from Governor Sonny Perdue. Governor Perdue asked Secretary Handel to investigate whether the elections complied with the law and to specifically address whether the Board members reside in their districts as required by law. The request stems from a report by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Committee which raised concerns about the Board members’ elections, among other issues. SACS has threatened to revoke Clayton County Schools’ accreditation if the concerns are not resolved.

“The public can be assured that my office’s Inspector General will conduct a thorough and expeditious investigation that addresses Governor Perdue’s and SACS’ concerns,” Secretary Handel said.

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