The Georgia State Board of Education, along with Gov. Nathan Deal, have taken action to remove six members of the DeKalb County school board for issues that could lead to the district's loss of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Under state law, the board recommends the suspensions, which must be approved by the governor, who then appoints replacements. However, members of the DeKalb board have filed a legal challenge to the 2011 law that allows for their removal, which could delay the swearing in of their replacements.

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