Clayton County schools making progress on mandates

By: SBORO, Ga. (AP)
By: SBORO, Ga. (AP)

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) -- Officials with the troubled Clayton County school district say they have met four of the nine mandates required to gain back the system's accreditation.

Deputy Superintendent Judith Simmons told the school board Monday night that the 48,000-district has created an ethics policy and carried out recommendations from audits. She said the district has also confirmed that each board member is a resident of the county and stopped letting outside groups influence the board.

The district lost its accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on Sept. 1 after meeting just one of the nine mandates outlined in a February report. Most of the problems were blamed on a dysfunctional school board.

A team from SACS will visit April 13-17 to gauge the district's progress.

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