Posted: 4:12 pm Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Invoking DeKalb school crisis, Nathan Deal questions ‘wishy washy’ critics 

By Greg Bluestein

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Gov. Nathan Deal’s visit to a DeKalb County school turned into a celebration of his decision last year to replace most of the county’s board – and an attempt to knock Democrat Jason Carter’s role in the crisis.

Deal’s back-to-school tour took him to the gleaming new Chamblee High School, where Deal and other Republicans rolled out new attacks against the Democratic state senator in quick fashion.

At the school, Deal said “the future of all of these young people here was really hanging in the balance” in December 2012 when a watchdog agency threatened the system’s accreditation after concluding the school board was mired in deep dysfunction.

The governor suspended and then replaced six of the nine school board members last year, and the accrediting agency cited the new leadership in January when it announced the system was off probation.

“People here in DeKalb County certainly remember that this was a tough time for the school system itself and that people needed to take decisive action. They couldn’t afford to run and hide from the issue,” Deal said. “They could not be wishy-washy on it. I was not. I took decisive action and it proved to be the right thing to do.”

Minutes later, the Georgia GOP sent a release quoting Lisa Kinnemore, a member of the state school board and a Republican operative, praising Deal’s decision.

“While some people played politics, Governor Deal worked with Republicans and Democrats alike to put our children first,” she said. “While some people ran and hid, Governor Deal led.”

Neither named Carter in their attacks, but the dotted line they were trying to draw was pretty clear. Deal spokeswoman Jen Talaber later sent a release saying Carter “waited to see which way the political wind would blow rather than standing up for students in his district.” Earlier, it claimed the DeKalb Democrat “was nowhere to be found” during the accreditation crisis.

If that’s the case, by the way, we must have excellent eyesight.

We wrote a story at the height of that 2013 political battle that Carter supported a compromise that sought to avoid a court battle. That plan would allow the governor’s office to monitor the school board’s process in a “tightly-controlled agreement” if the legal challenges were dropped.

“The governor and I may have policy differences, but I believe in my heart that he would take very seriously the constitutional questions about this law,” Carter said then. “It’s a very tough task to ask the governor to remove people who are duly elected.”

Those differences are presumably why he didn’t appear at the news conference announcing the suspension, pictured above. But Carter’s campaign points us to a press release he sent to constituents after that decision pledging to “do everything I can to support this board and its work.” Said the release:

“I know that there are differing views on the law that allowed the governor to remove the elected board members and replace them, but we can all agree that we have to move forward and do what is best for the children of DeKalb County. That’s what I intend to do.”

In a statement, Carter spokesman Bryan Thomas said the attack was a “desperate attempt to deflect from the governor’s abysmal record on education” and that Carter set aside party politics and encouraged the community to move forward together.

“Sen. Carter worked aggressively on behalf of the kids and families in DeKalb County, just as he will for all Georgia families as governor,” said Thomas. “Any suggestion to the contrary is simply untrue.”

24 comments
Point
Point

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Point
Point

How about “the future of all of citizens of Georgia  was really hanging in the balance”  and someone would suspend and replace Deal.


I've tried to research and the only elected officials I've found that Deal has suspended and removed are African American, except for Don Balfour and they were trying to get rid of him.  He let Kelly Marlowe stay on a local board.


He needs to quit lying.

Bernie31
Bernie31

Governor Yella Teeth Would Never Do to a Predominately A White Community of Republican Voters in Georgia as he has done in Dekalb County with a Majority Democratic Leaning Citizenry. It Jest would not Happen any form or fashion. There would be Torches and Pitchforks in the street around the Gold Dome Demanding  his Head to be served on a Platter for All to see. Everyone in the view of these Words know it and I just told you too.


In summary Governor Yella Teeth Nullified Tens of Thousands of Votes of Dekalb County Voters by FIAT! by disbanding a duly Elected School Board by the People of Dekalb County and inserting mostly Republican leaning School Board members of the Governor Yeall Teeth's Choosing.

Governor Yella Teeth Disbanded a Duly Elected School Board in Dekalb County Georgia by FIAT, Like a Dictator, A King.  All based on Lies, Half Truths, and Innuendo and without a proper Investigation of the Facts.

let me Repeat the Truth and Facts.

Governor Yella Teeth Disbanded a Duly Elected School Board in Dekalb County Georgia by FIAT, Like a Dictator, A King.  All based on Lies, Half Truths, and Innuendo and without a proper Investigation of the Facts.


Not one of the supposedly Criminal Board Members were ever CHARGED, Indicted, or Found Guilty in a Court Of law or any other Investigative Board in reference to these LIES alleged by a single Republican Board member who had ambitions of her own to become the State of Georgia's State School Superintendent. 

That LYING Board Member quickly resigned prior to the Governors illegal Actions and announced her intentions to run for State School Chiefs OFFICE. The Traitorous, Treacherous and LYING Nancy Jester was Beaten soundly early on, during the Republican Primary. 

Since all of this has occurred. The Interim School Superintendent MIKEY Thurmond  has discovered, found and determined All Allegations of Financial Malfeasance, was due to a POOR Accounting processes and protocols of the Dekalb County School financial accounting. 


It has been said Before Governor Yella Teeth Failed in Math...and this Action Proves it beyond a shadow of DOUBT.


uh...huh.

amomwhocares
amomwhocares

honested.  Not even close to being the highest scoring school in the state.  Check your facts.  Not even the highest scoring school in DCSS.


Cater told anyone who spoke to him about DCSS that he believed that Marshall Orson could turn around the board.  

honested
honested

Funny that shady picked the school that was the highest scoring school in the State under the old board in the old building, and is STILL the highest scoring school in the State in the New Building!

And all this despite his strangling cuts to education finance and without any useful input from the State School Superintendent.

And there behind him is the 'absent Senator', fran millar, a man who seems only to represent the part of the 40th district that is in his home town.

At least there were enough honorable leaders on hand to offset the republiklan losers club.

I guess since Friday came and went shady has decided not to follow the nixon example and attempt to do SOMETHING honorable in his 1 term.

DS
DS

Good report, Greg.

I think Deal did the right thing at that time. I also think Carter did the right thing at the time. If Carter had jumped in and started meddling and grandstanding, that would not have been helpful. Carter showed good sense and judgement by offering words of support without interfering.

I think it's completely bogus for Deal to bring this up now and accuse Carter of being wishy-washy (spellcheck hates that phrase, as do I). Deal is really grasping at straws and making himself look petty and small-minded. On a school tour, of all things. What a jerk.

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

Deal is eager to talk about anything, regardless of how trivial the subject, as long as he doesn't have to talk about his ethics questions. Here's a simple question for Deal: Will you reimburse the tax payers the $3M we had to pay for the actions of your Chief of Staff trying to cover up your ethical wrong doings?

td1234
td1234

The law supported Deals decision and in hindsight it was the correct decision to make and has brought the Dekalb system out of the brink of losing its accreditation and harming many kids from even going to college. 


I still think the law was wrong. People should have to suffer the consequences of the people they elect, unless they are criminals. 

NWGAL
NWGAL

Who cares about elections? Just impeach or dismiss or recall. 

honested
honested

@Bernie31 

All that was wrong was the tentacle of the chamber of commerce (sacs) the for profit corporation that is for some idiotic reason in charge of 'accrediting' schools thought:

1-The board was too large (maybe but so what).

2-And they didn't work well together (read they didn't follow the dictates most important to the c-of-c. so who cares).

Therefore the crooked but elected Governor stripped the authority of Board Members who had violated NO LAWS or ETHICAL CANON and were also, by the way ELECTED OFFICIALS.....However with a couple of minor exceptions, they were NOT republiklans.

Does everyone begin to see how this works?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@amomwhocares 

 Not even close to being the highest scoring school in the state.

Got proof?

Check your facts. 

And which "facts" are those?

honested
honested

@amomwhocares 

Then enlighten me.

In your world, what is the highest scoring school in DCSS (it certainly ain't dunwoody or lakeside).

What are the highest scoring schools in the State?

What school has the highest productivity of Students passing AP courses?

I'm waiting.

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

td

Let's suffer some more:

Under Deal, Georgia ranks 45th in high school graduation rates

Under Deal, Georgia ranks 50th in per capita spending for transportation

Under Deal, Georgia's GDP per capita is $6,621 LESS than the national average according to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. Only other state with a decline since 2000 is Nevada.

If you enjoy suffering, Nathan Deal is your man!

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

td

Kinda like we are suffering the consequences of having elected Nathan Deal? Like going from having the 7th most uninsured citizens in America to the 3rd most in the span of 12 months? Like Georgia having the 4th HIGHEST unemployment rate in America? Like Georgia losing 9,500 jobs in the past MONTH?(Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 14, 2014)

How's that for some suffering?

td1234
td1234

@PoliticalOutsider


Under Deal, there are more black children taking and passing AP test than in any other state in the country. 


Under Deal, Georgia is 4th in the nation in all students taking and passing AP test. 


Under Deal, Georgia is only one of 7 states that have increased test scores on the SAT, ACT and NAP test. 


Under Deal, there have been 2800 added to the economy since June 1st due to companies moving to the state. 


Under Deal, Georgia is now ranked the number 1 most friendly state for Business in the country. 


Everyone of the indicators you mentioned are improving since Deal has became Governor. The citizens of Georgia know that Deal can not be blamed for the Obama recovery. 

NWGAL
NWGAL

@PoliticalOutsider I just love the fact that Deal was 2.3 million in debt when he entered office and now is a fairly wealthy man. Who knew that governors were paid so much?

Bernie31
Bernie31

@td1234 @PoliticalOutsider - Deal had nothing to do or any responsible for the improvement of Test scores of Black Children in Georgia. What Governor Yella Teeth Deal has done, has Harmed more Children and their Parents by denying medicaid expansion through his stubborn and Hateful actions. More of these Parents have had to take more time off from their JOBS and lose income to try and care for a SICK uninsured Child at HOME!


A Dastardly and Cruel ACT By one WHO CLAIMS TO BE A CHRISTIAN AND FOLLOWER OF JESUS and his Teachings


JESUS  would Never Deny ANY CHILD Healthcare Coverage under any Circumstances...But Not Satan....I mean Nathan Deal.


Nathan, jest don't Give a DAMN!

honested
honested

@td1234 @PoliticalOutsider 

How many times must those bogus numbers be discredited, one point at a time before you keep posting them as if they are, as your people say, gospel?

td1234
td1234

@honested If they were "bogus" then you would quickly throw up numbers to refute them but since you do not then all you are doing is blowing.