"We will abide by what the court finally decides," Deal said. But waiting, he added, would leave a "cloud hanging over these students and parents."
Deal made his announcement flanked by several legislators who represent parts of DeKalb County. The group included Democrats who don't always align themselves with the governor. Other Democrats, however, suggested the governor should have waited.
Rep. Howard Mosby, D-Atlanta, noted that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, DeKalb's accrediting agency, set a May 31 deadline for a progress report. That could give time for the board to demonstrate changes, he said.
"The sanctity of the vote is important to our delegation," Mosby said. Nonetheless, the lawmaker was careful not to accuse the governor of "overreaching."
"Full accreditation ... is what we are all fighting for," he said.
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