SACS restores accreditation to Atlanta Public Schools

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ATLANTA -- All the high schools in Atlanta Public Schools (APS) are accredited, once again.

AdvancED, the parent company of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), has moved the school system's status from "Accredited in Advisement" to "Accredited."

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A spokesperson for AdvancED explained the Accredited status means high schools in Atlanta Public Schools are now fully meeting "Standards for Accreditation" as determined by SACS.

In January 2011, SACS placed Atlanta on probation and labeled the district's school board as dysfunctional.

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Board members had been accused of losing their focus and mission, arguing with each other and splitting into factions. At one point, one faction even sued the other for control of the board and the schools.

In addition, Governor Nathan Deal appointed two liaisons to monitor the system's progress.

In November 2011, AdvancED upgraded district's status to Accredited on Advisement

In a press release from the school system, Superintendent Erroll Davis said, "The Board should be commended for the work that it did to achieve this status. We are all pleased that this is behind us."

"We are ecstatic that the hard, but necessary, work to retain our accreditation has paid off," Atlanta Board of Education Chairman Reuben McDaniel said in a press release.  "I am especially pleased that the board, administration, parents and community all rallied to take the necessary steps to make sure that our students have the best opportunity possible to pursue their college and career dreams. Although this is a journey and not a destination, I think we should celebrate this milestone."

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