Michelle Strong recall, Clayton County Public Schools, Georgia, 2008
A simultaneous effort was aimed at ousting fellow board member, Sandra Scott. Neither recall was certified for the ballot, but as of 2010, neither Scott nor Strong was still serving on the Clayton County School Board.
The recall effort was motivated by the announcement that Clayton Schools was facing a September 1, 2008 loss of its accreditation. 52,000 students attend the district schools. Scott and Strong were targeted for recall because they were the only 2 of the 9 school board members who did not face a regularly scheduled election in 2008.
In mid-May 2008, elections officials certified the recall applications presented by the Concerned Citizens Coalition, which is behind the recall effort.
Organizers needed to collect signatures from 30% of the voters who were registered in Scott's district when she was elected, or 5,266 signatures.
A February 2008 report from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the accrediting agency for the school, blames the district's situation on a "fatally flawed" school board. The report accuses the board of:
- Acting on behalf of special interests;
- Meddling in the schools;
- Making derogatory comments to school administrators during meetings'
- One school board member, the report claims, had a football coach fired for not handing over a game film featuring her son;
- Another board member spent more than $500 in school money at an Atlanta hotel.
- Clayton Board recall makes progress (dead link), Atlanta Journal Constitution.
- A local feud proves toxic
- Clayton dumps the volunteers DADs (dead link)
- Georgia county struggles as school crisis drags on
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