Rallies held outside state capitol over DeKalb school board

by: Erica Byfield Updated:

Gov. Nathan Deal decided to remove six DeKalb County School Board members.

ATLANTA - One day before a federal court hearing about the constitutionality of the removal of six DeKalb County school board members, concerned community members hosted rallies at the State Capitol.

A couple of dozen NAACP members gathered in front of the State Capitol on Thursday.

Several speakers told the crowd the governor stepped on DeKalb County resident's voting rights when he suspended the school board members.

"If the governor has the power to remove elected officials, why not have the president remove governors," said the Georgia NAACP President Edward DuBose.

The NAACP supporters told Channel 2's Erica Byfield they believe only voters have a right to remove elected officials.

Another group held a rally at the capitol in relation to the DeKalb County School Board on the same day.

Citing financial mismanagement, proponents of Americans for Propensity announced plans to give the school board a Rotten Apple Award.

"Taxpayers are watching. Taxpayers do care what's happening," Virginia Galloway of Americans for Propensity said.

There is a hearing in federal court on Friday is at 2:30pm.

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