A federal judge has cleared the way for Gov. Nathan Deal to remove six DeKalb County School Board members, according to Reporter Newspapers broadcast partner CBS Atlanta.

Testimony wrapped up late March 1 in a federal hearing to determine if the governor can legally remove the DeKalb school board members, according to the website operated by CBS Atlanta. On March 4, U.S. Judge Richard Story said the issue is a matter of state law, and referred the ousted school board members to take the case to the Georgia Supreme Court, which can rule on state matters.

Last week, Deal removed six school board members accused of mismanaging the district. The board challenged the removal. Deal did not remove the three newest members of the board. The decision also allows Deal to name replacement board members while the lawsuit proceeds, ajc.com reported.

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