After SACS put the DeKalb County School District on probation, Gov. Nathan Deal suspended two-thirds of the elected school board and appointed replacements. SACS also has raised accreditation issues school systems in Atlanta and Clayton County in recent years.
“We’re constantly working to improve what we do every day,” Elgart said. “What are the records we release and in what fashion? We’ll discuss this and make a determination in how we can do that in a responsible way.”
Olens said he wants SACS to provide more details about how investigations are run and release more information about their findings. He declined to provide specifics about what changes he hopes for since discussions just began Wednesday.
“When you’re talking about children in schools, the public deserves not only additional transparency about SACS, but to know more about the discussions through the process,” Olens said. “There were no statements made today that provide discouragement to me.”
More openness is needed from SACS because its sanctions against school districts can result in students losing scholarship opportunities and property values declining, Olens said.
“There’s no disagreement that we have some areas to improve on,” Elgart said.