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UPDATE: State Board Upholds Kelly Marlow Ethics Ruling

District 1 Board Member Kelly Marlow said she will appeal the ruling to the Cherokee County Superior Court.

Credit: Patch file.
Credit: Patch file.
The State Board of Education has upheld the Cherokee County School Board's ruling that District 1 member Kelly Marlow violated its policies when she independently asked AdvancED to investigate her colleagues.

The board issued the ruling during its April 3 meeting. Marlow issued a statement on the board's decision.

"This ruling by the State Board of Education sends a clear message to local elected board members across Georgia: speak out when you see something wrong and you will be punished," she said. "It should not be allowed to stand. I intend to appeal to the (Cherokee County) Superior Court."

AdvancED is the company that oversees the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement, or SACS CASI. 

The Cherokee school board in October voted to confirm Marlow violated board policy BH Domain 1: Governance Structure, which indicates board members must recognize authority rests with the board as a whole and not individual members; and Domain 7: Conduct as a Board Member, which notes members must not take any "private action" that would compromise the board or district's administration.

The board also voted to fine Marlow $3,600. 

See the attached .PDF to review the State Board of Education's ruling. 
Jennifer April 07, 2014 at 09:02 PM
Mr. Sheridan, I'm confused why you're blaming the State Board of Education's decision on Dr. P? Are you intimating that he somehow is involved with the state's decision? Your comment about Marlow's reckless actions being in the best interest of the county seems as though you're doing exactly what you accuse Andy of...how do you know that was her state of mind?
Hey, hey, hey Goodbye April 07, 2014 at 09:09 PM
It's done, Marlow. Pay the sanction and start doing what you were elected to do - making good decisions for the 39,000+ children in CCSD schools.
Mealy Man April 07, 2014 at 10:06 PM
Hey Dean, how many teachers have you threatened to beat up this week? How many times have the police been called to your home this week? You remain predictably angry and hilariously indecipherable.
Andy Bayler April 11, 2014 at 09:09 AM
Dean- My name is spelled "Bayler". No need to capitalize "bias" or "individuals". It's Vulcan Mind Meld, not melt. I can think of way better methods of getting people involved than manufacturing outrage. It's sad, derisive, pathetic, self centered, and an abuse of our school system. Again, Ms. Marlow, go away now. This is not a request. Thank you. That is all. Mr. Sheridan, you can join her.

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