The high court doesn’t have to agree to hear the questions, and any decision could take months, observers say.
Meanwhile, the plaintiffs, former school board Chairman Eugene Walker and his five fellow ousted board members, will be sidelined and possibly removed permanently.
They can petition for their jobs back later this month, but they’ll have to ask the same governor who removed them. The law gives the governor three months to decide.
Deal suspended the board members under a law that authorizes that action in systems on probation. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools placed DeKalb on probation in December, alleging school board mismanagement and nepotism. Deal has said he hopes his new appointees can quickly address the SACS complaints.