Wednesday, September 26, 2012

First Slice 9/26/12: Clayton County officials risk losing accreditation for the second time in five years

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 8:00 AM

1. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools warned Clayton County school officials yesterday that their system's accreditation was in jeopardy because of ongoing "school board infighting, micromanaging, and grandstanding." In 2008, Clayton County lost their accreditation — becoming the nation's first school nearly four decades to do so. They earned it back last year, only to have seemingly found themselves in a similar position once again.

2. One of Gov. Nathan Deal's lawyers has decided to seek legal fees from George Anderson, an overzealous ethics watchdog who has filed "hundreds of ethics complaints during the past 15 years." It's the first time that a state official has employed a 2010 law allowing politicians to seek out frivolous accusers.

3. In the first half of 2012, U.S. airlines set a new revenue record, earning over $1.7 billion in baggage fees. Delta topped all air carriers by making nearly $430 million.

4. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians and administration members continued labor discussions in hopes of ending their lockout before the season kicks off on Oct. 4. This week marked the first time in approximately a month that either side has met with one another.

5. To celebrate Braves' playoff berth, we'll leave you with an incredible video about the origins of the tomahawk chop.

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