Ending over a year of uncertainty, Clayton County Public Schools regained its accreditation last week.
There is still lots of work to be done, however. CCPS was placed on probation for two years, and must report its progress to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools every six months during this time.
In addition, CCPS still must satisfy three of the nine mandates (3, 5 and 9) that SACS originally administered. Further, SACS also expects CCPS to: “… conduct a comprehensive revision of its vision, mission and values; “implement immediately” a thorough strategic planning process which includes stakeholder input; review the district’s organizational structure, and establish an action plan for dealing with problems and conflicts between board members and school system staff,” according to the Clayton News Daily.
What I really found interesting is how little coverage this received. When accreditation was revoked, I distinctly remember hearing about it ad nauseam. The story ran like clockwork on local news stations as a “special update” even when there was nothing new to report. I got calls from as far away as California telling me they heard about CCPS. This good news barely got an honorable mention during newscasts I watched over the weekend. Makes me wonder if the good news went national like the bad did. (The AJC played it on Page One on Friday.)
Anyway, I’m very happy for our students who will graduate from an accredited school system. They should never have had to deal with adult mistakes or be treated as scapegoats in the political agendas of others. With all the other stuff kids deal with on a daily basis, those who want an education shouldn’t have to endure what our kids did during this past year and half.
Congratulations to everyone who worked hard to make this happen. Especially CCPS teachers and staff who kept our kids encouraged throughout.