Atlanta Schools Accept SACS Probation Report; Parents Sound Off

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education voted on Monday to accept a report by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The SACS report found six issues with the board’s governance and leadership, prompting the organization to put the district on probation. SACS set a Sept. 30 deadline for the district to address those issues.

Concerned parents addressed the board Monday about the report. Many parents urged the board to follow the SACS guidelines. Many of them blame the board for the issues. Other speakers questioned the legitimacy of the SACS report.

The biggest fireworks came when Rep. Ralph Long criticized Superintendent Beverly Hall and the board.

While standing at the podium, Long said he “would resign before pimping out children’s education.”

After the public input session, the board met to talk more about the SACS report.

Channel 2 Action News reporter John Bachman was at the public meeting.

The board announced that it would meet every Monday to work on the issues and set its own deadline of May 1 to meet or exceed SACS’ requirements.