Deal’s action did not affect three board members who were elected last year and took office in January. But it meant that the nine members in office last year, when SACS documented the problems, no longer exercise authority over the system.
That could change if suspended members petition the governor for reinstatement, and he agrees to it. Anyone who does not petition within a month will be removed from office.
One suspended member, Walker, is pursuing another avenue for reinstatement: he has sued, alleging the law gave Deal unconstitutional powers to remove elected board members. Walker’s case is before the Georgia Supreme Court. The old board made the district a plaintiff, but the new board removed the district from the case in March.
Walker vowed to get his own lawyer and said he was raising money for legal fees.