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July 26--  The Georgia Board of Education is giving the Coffee County school board a second chance.  At a called meeting today in Atlanta, the state board noted progress made in the Coffee County school system and said it would not recommend to the Governor that the board be removed under a new state law.  The board issued the following statement:

The State Board of Education signed a consent order today with the Coffee County School Board for purposes of a resolution to the Senate Bill 79 hearing.

Below is the statement read by Wanda Barrs, Chair, State Board of Education.

Pursuant to Senate Bill 79 relating to recommendations for potential suspension of local boards of education for governance related issues the Georgia State Board of Education has received, reviewed and approved the Consent Order and Recommendations brought forward by Coffee County supported by a letter from the SACS Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.  The state board does not recommend to the Governor that the Coffee County Board of Education be removed enmasse.  It is agreed by this consent order that the Coffee County Board of Education and the named superintendent will comply with the outlined requirements for accreditation restoration.
 -Wanda Barrs, Chair, Georgia State Board of Education.

At the same meeting, the state school board suspended the hearing scheduled for the Atlanta Public School board and said it would call another meeting for ahearing no later than November 4.  Atlanta Public School officials had asked the board for more time to get its act together following widespread reports of cheating by administrators and teachers on standardized testing.