4 recalled in Atlanta – Judge dismisses case against AMA-ESD
It hasn’t been a good week for Atlanta Community Schools.
Four of its board of education members are being recalled and on Wednesday, a judge tossed out one of two lawsuits the school district filed against the AMA-ESD.
Citizen Mason Valentine has filed petitions to recall board members Donna Anderson, John Fazekas, Roseyln Ferguson and Michael Talbot. Other recalls could be coming in the future.
In a separate matter, Atlanta schools filed a lawsuit that basically claimed the AMA-ESD did not accept the ideas proposed by Atlanta Superintendent Teresa Stauffer and therefore did not seek a cooperative approach to developing its special education plan.
Judge Kandra Robbins Wednesday, ruled the “undisputed facts” in the case contradict those allegations. She went on to say the AMA-ESD plan was developed after soliciting comments from all constituent school districts; and dismissed the lawsuit filed by Atlanta schools and approve the AMA-ESD plan for the delivery of special education programs and services as submitted.
AMA-ESD superintendent Brian Wilmot said, “This decision affirms AMA’s position that the AMA-ESD Plan amendment process was conducted in a cooperative manner. Judge Robbins ruling is welcome but not at all surprising.”
Atlanta schools has filed one other lawsuit against the AMA-ESD and a ruling from that case should be coming in the near future.