The state Board of Education upheld the Cherokee School Board’s decision to sanction Marlow for independently sending a letter to AdvancEd, the agency in charge of school accreditation, at meeting Thursday.
But, in a statement Monday, Marlow said she will take her appeal to the next level.
“This ruling by the state Board of Education sends a clear message to local elected board members across Georgia: speak out when you see something wrong and you will be punished. It should not be allowed to stand. I intend to appeal to the Superior Court,” Marlow said.
Marlow was sanctioned by her fellow Cherokee School Board members last October, for violating the board’s ethics policies by sending a letter independently to AdvancEd and asking for an investigation of the local school board.
The Cherokee School Board voted at the time to fine Marlow $3,600 to help cover part of the cost of her own hearing, after finding Marlow guilty of violating two ethics policies.
The ethics policies that Marlow was sanctioned for violating are: “Recognize that the authority of the board rests only with the board as a whole and not with individual board members and act accordingly,” and “Take no private action that will compromise the board of school system administration.”
Marlow made her case for an appeal to the state Board of Education Jan. 13, and the board ruled at its meeting in April to uphold the local board’s sanction.
According to Georgia Code, Marlow has one more chance for an appeal.
The code states Marlow has a right to appeal the state board’s decision “to the Superior Court of the county wherein the local board of education is located.”
The Georgia Department of Education notified the Cherokee School Board on Monday of the decision.