>Clayton county school district: get your act together NOW!

>If you’re living in the metro Atlanta area, then I’m sure you guys have heard the numerous news accounts of the Clayton County School District’s battle to keep its accreditation.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) gave the district until Sept. 1 to meet nine mandates to keep their accreditation, one of which is having a “capable” school board and an ethics policy.

The school board seems to insist on dragging its feet to help the district meet these mandates. Their stubborn behavior led to the resignation of two state advisers appointed by Gov. Perdue to help the district get back on track.

The board has consistently done things that state officials are frowning upon: picking an interim superintendent that was deemed unfit by SACS and violated its own meeting policy.

It’s a shame that the politics of personal destruction has prevented this school district to move forward. It’s embarrassing for the children and for the parents to have to watch their school leaders toy with their educational future. I cannot for the life of me understand why these people insist on making a mockery of their district by continuing to circumvent the process of getting their schools back on track.

Has anyone witnessed a school district behave in such dysfunction? What was the outcome?