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ATLANTA (AP) - Lawyers for board members of a beleaguered metro Atlanta school system are preparing to argue in court why they should not be removed from their positions.

Board members are preparing for a Friday hearing in federal court, where a judge will consider legal challenges to the state law that allowed Gov. Nathan Deal to announce suspensions of several board members.

The governor wants to suspend six of nine DeKalb County School Board members at the recommendation of the state board of education. A federal judge issued an order temporarily preventing him from replacing the board members until Friday's hearing.

The school district and the county board of education chairman argue in a federal lawsuit that the law allowing the governor to remove elected local school board members is unconstitutional.

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