State: APS, School Board Violated Open Meetings Law

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ATLANTA,None - The state attorney general's office announced Monday it found evidence Atlanta Public Schools and the Atlanta School Board violated Georgia's Open Records Act and Open Meetings Law.

But the office will not pursue a case against APS or the board as long as they continue to remain complaint with the law and there are no further violations.

Assistant Attorney General Stefan Ritter told the board that his office investigated a number of records request complaints from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and found evidence of violations.

Ritter also said his office investigated a complaint from state Sen. Vincent Fort that the school board's closed-door meeting with Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed violated the Open Meetings Law. He said that since a quorum of school board members was present, the meeting should have been open to the press.

The attorney general's office did say that since there is a new school board chairwoman, Brenda Muhammad, and new superintendent, Erroll Davis, it will not move forward with a civil case so long as the board and APS remain compliant with the law. The attorney general's office entered into a memorandum of understanding with the school board stating that.

Ritter also told the board that his office will conduct training to make sure APS remains compliant with the law.