Metro Atlanta schools see accreditation trouble

ATLANTA (AP) - A handful of the state's largest school districts are struggling with accreditation problems under the watchful eye of a national standards agency based in suburban Atlanta.

DeKalb County schools were put on notice Thursday that they risk losing accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The same agency, based in Alpharetta, put Atlanta Public Schools on probation in January. And next month, a team from SACS will visit Clayton County schools, which has been on probation for two years after losing accreditation in 2008.

Losing accreditation is incredibly rare. It puts schools at risk of losing grants or federal funding and students in danger of not qualifying for college scholarships.

SACS accredits roughly 5,000 school districts nationwide, requiring that they meet national standards for quality.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

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