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Southwest DeKalb parents outraged over teacher transfers

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - With just weeks before the start of the school year, many parents are worried about the future of Southwest DeKalb High School. They say a bad combination of disciplinary problems and administrative issues are contributing to a dysfunctional learning environment.

That's why PTSA President Byron Merritt and other parents were concerned when three teachers and two administrators were transferred from the school. They believe it's because the educators drafted a document that outlined numerous concerns about Southwest DeKalb High.

Merritt believe the educators have been black-balled for presenting their concerns, as well as a list of recommended solutions at a Dekalb school board meeting last year. In fact, they insist the transfers are a form of retaliation.

But a school district spokesman says the transfers have nothing to do with retaliation. Quinn Hudson says the high school lost the three teachers because of declining enrollment and says the two administrators were reassigned in an effort to get the school headed in the right direction.

Hudson says the board is not likely to reverse the decision, but adds board members looking forward to working with parents as passionate as those who packed the school board meeting Monday evening.

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