Friday, April 26, 2013
The former members are petitioning Gov. Nathan Deal for their old seats, AJC.com reports
According to an article on AJC.com, four former school board members -- removed by Gov. Nathan Deal in as the system's accreditation hangs in the balance -- want to return to their jobs. The board members petitioning Gov. Deal are Sarah Copelin-Wood, Donna Edler, Jesse "Jay" Cunningham, and Pam Speaks. Read more about the school board's troubles on Stone Mountain-Lithonia Patch.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
State Rep. Dar'shun Kendrick weighs in on the controversy.
Many of you know that up until now, I have been silent on the DeKalb County School Board issue as this a VERY complex situation and a case of first impression for Georgia. There are multiple players and "what ifs" but I feel comfortable enough to make a brief statement about the Governor's recent decision to suspend (he hasn't actually removed them yet as they have a 30 day appeal process) six (6) duly elected DeKalb County Board Members. I truly believe that the ONLY goal that any legislator in the DeKalb county delegation has is to maintain accreditation for DeKalb's school system. We just differ on the MEANS and PROCESS by which we make that happen. Note that I am NOT attacking the MERITS of removal...I am attacking the PROCESS of …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The board is set to meet on Friday at 4 pm.
Updated: Thursday, Feb. 7, 6:17 p.m. A statement has just been released by the DeKalb County School District: The DeKalb County Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson have mutually agreed to end their relationship effective Friday, February 8, 2013. The Board and Dr. Atkinson each determined and believe that it is in the best interest of all concerned that there be a mutual separation and they wish each other well in all their future endeavors. "I hope that the Dekalb County School board does whatever it takes to bring this county in compliance with SACS. Our Children's education is at hand here and that is what matters the most, " said Henry Louis Adams, a Stone Mountain resident and parent. "There should be no room for…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Citizens gathered Tuesday to discuss the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' decision to put DeKalb schools on probation, and what the future could hold if the school system loses accreditation.
The effects of a school system losing accreditation include businesses and residents moving out in droves, declining property values and a bad perception of the area, a speaker told group of concerned parents and citizens meeting at Hairston Crossing Library in Stone Mountain. The information came from someone who has seen it firsthand: Lisa Cameron of Clayton County, which lost its school accreditation in 2008. The gathering was organized to discuss how the community should respond to the recent report by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), which placed the DeKalb County School System on probation until December 2013. Possible scenarios include losing accreditation. “If you don’t have a quality school system, you …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Attached to the article is a PDF on the proposed organization plan.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Teacher confronts the DeKalb School Board on Fernbank Science Center funding.
- Al Tate
Monday, June 18, 2012
Patch was very helpful in reporting the DeKalb School Budget Crisis from the Board Meeting last June 4 especially as it pertains to Fernbank Science Center. I would like to submit this open letter (below) I sent to the Superintendent and School Board in response to the Superintendent returning FSC to the chopping block (after removing FSC) by asking the board to eliminate 2/3 of the FSC Budget and then having spokesman Walter Wood tell the public that FSC would remain a "fully functional Science Center." It's like saying a basketball team can remain "fully functional" when the three tallest players are removed from the court. Open Letter to DeKalb Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson and the DeKalb School Board: I am one of the teachers who work…