ATLANTA -- The accrediting agency for DeKalb County Schools will send investigators to the county Oct. 17 through 19 to look into allegations of school board mismanagement.

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Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson received notice of the investigation in a letter sent overnight from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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"The DeKalb County School District is in violation of AdvancED accreditation standards and/or policies," the letter stated.

Last week, the DeKalb County Board of Education sent a letter of response to the accrediting agency after receiving dozens of complaints from various sources alleging mismanagement.

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The president of AdvancED/SACS, Mark Elgart, has said the DeKalb School Board "isn't a board anymore. It's actually nine political leaders who have their own alliances and allegiances."

"They pursue their own interests, in spite of what the system needs. It's their interests that are in charge of what happens," Elgart said in an interview last week.

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