A slim majority of the Atlanta school board voted Monday to approve a controversial policy change and elect new officers to replace its sitting chairwoman and vice-chairwoman.
Members took the 5-4 votes after failing yet again to reach consensus, despite intervention that has included Mayor Kasim Reed. They also cemented a rift that has erupted at a crucial time for the school system, drawing condemnation from members in the minority who called the actions illegal after the board's attorney advised against it.
"You don't even have a cause, except you don't like the way [the former chairwoman] did things, according to some of you," member Emmett Johnson said. "Do y'all believe in the rule of law?"
Sure they do. They didn't bring guns to the meeting, right?