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DeKalb NAACP opposes school board members' suspension

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The DeKalb County chapter of the NAACP is weighing in on the county's school board controversy.

A federal judge is expected to rule Friday whether Governor Nathan Deal's suspension of six DeKalb County School Board members is unconstitutional, as their lawsuit claims.

Civil rights activists declared their objection to the suspension of six school board members Thursday at the Georgia state Capitol.

"This is about civil and human rights, the right to vote. Some folks can't see it, but it is," said John Evans, the president of the NAACP DeKalb County branch.

Evans says it's about the rights of DeKalb County voters.

"The people should be able to take them out when they want to take them out," Evans said.

Evans calls the state law that gives the governor the power to suspend the elected officials unconstitutional, as the board's federal lawsuit claims.

"Well, if you look at it technically because the voters put them in,  the voters are not taking them out," said David Schutten, the president of the Organization of DeKalb Educators.

Schutten says board members put the education of thousands of DeKalb County students in jeopardy when they were placed on probation by the accreditation agency SACS.

"In my mind, the loss of accreditation is far more important than anything else at this point. I think that people need to do the right thing," Schutten said.

Schutten thinks the embattled board members should resign, but Evans says protecting the rights of voters is in the children's best interest.

"It won't be us, it will be them who will not be able to benefit by the gains and the strides that we've had in the past if this kind of oppression is placed before us," Evans said.

The DeKalb NAACP has notified its national office that it wants to file a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department over the suspension of the DeKalb County School Board members.

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