The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has recommended that accreditation for Clayton County schools be revoked:
SACS said Friday it found significant concerns at all levels of the 52,800-student district.
The National Accreditation Commission will review SACS’ findings and vote March 15 whether to strip Clayton of its accreditation.
“It is my belief that they will affirm the recommendations set forward and Clayton County will have their accreditation revoked as of Sept. 1,” said Mark A. Elgart, presidents and chief executive officer of SACS.
A loss of accreditation would mean difficulty transferring to high schools in other districts, no HOPE scholarships and trouble getting into some universities for older students; no pre-kindergarten funding for younger ones, and reduced property values for residents.
This year’s graduating class will not be affected, Elgart said.
As Erick and I pointed out the other day, State Sen. Eric Johnson is pushing SB 458, legislation that would deal with schools that lose accreditation and continuously land on the “Needs Improvement” list.
Sen. Johnson sent out this statement on the news of SACS’s findings:
“Today’s announcement that Clayton County Schools are run so badly that they became the first system to ever lose their accreditation is a disaster. With the loss of accreditation, their students cannot receive HOPE scholarships, they may not be able to transfer their credits, and their college future is threatened. Those responsible for educating our children failed. The parents must take over. SB 458 offers them a lifeline – a voucher that can be used at any private school or a transfer to any public school that has room. We should pass this bill immediately before a single child sees their future dreams dashed.”
I could not agree more.