Choose your child’s school!

Clayton students may now be able to transfer to the school of their choice thanks to a new state law.

House Bill 251 provides “…that a public school student can attend any school in the local school system under certain conditions.” As per the Clayton County Public Schools’ Web site, “Parents who request these transfers must assume all responsibility and all costs of transportation of their child(ren) to and from school.”

CCPS will offer 21 choices for student transfers: Elementary – East Clayton, Fountain, Huie, Kilpatrick, McGarrah, Mt. Zion, Northcutt, Riverdale, Suder, Swint, Tara and West Clayton; Middle schools – Adamson, Jonesboro, Kendrick, North Clayton, Pointe South, M.D. Roberts and Sequoyah; and high school choices are: Jonesboro and Mundy’s Mill. Charter schools are exempt from this option, as are any schools less than four years old.

Parents who have not already done so don’t have much time left to get the process started. Applications must be received at the Family Resource Center (2260 Old Rex Morrow Road, Morrow) by July 15 and if sent via mail must be postmarked by this date. Any school receiving more applicants than classroom spaces available will choose its students via lottery.

Will you take advantage of this option? If so, what school is your child transferring to and from? Or are you satisfied with the education your child receives at his/her current school?

16 comments Add your comment

School Quality Shuffle

July 6th, 2009
1:00 pm

School Choice, huh! I think it’s only fair to acknowledge that it would be difficult to have an honest discussion about school choice without addressing the issue of race and economic demographics. I think we can agree that there will probably be few white, affluent, suburban parents scrambling to transfer their children to black, poor, urban schools. It’s also very likely that those same white, affluent parents fear the reverse.

Dominic

July 6th, 2009
2:55 pm

School Quality Shuffle,

Where have you been? You’re about 7 years too late with your post. This is Clayton County. White, affluent, suburban parents are gone or sending their kids to private school.

oldtimer

July 6th, 2009
3:46 pm

Should have happened a long time ago. Competition will improve all schools.

Betty S. Raybourne

July 6th, 2009
4:09 pm

Hmm, transfer your child from one Needs Improvement County school to another? Same people, just a different location. A bad system is a bad system.

Until gentrification occurs in Clayton (~15-20 yrs) and the trash is dumped/relocated elsewhere, this is nothing more than a shell game.

Move away to a really diverse (politically, socially, racially, economically) county if you can…

Sgt Rock

July 7th, 2009
9:53 am

Off topic (sorry Kim) but it is well worth knowing that Clayton County’s former unscrupulous associates of the often sued Ex-Sheriff Victor Hill have resurfaced from under a rock in Walthourville, GA (Liberty County near Fort Stewart).

Former close associates of Victor Hill, Hargett and Hobbs once again find themselves on the front pages of the local Coastal Courier newspaper. Hargett, being selected as the Chief of Police hires Hobbs as a Policeman for Walthoursville. Of course Hobbs, charged with Spousal Abuse (simple battery http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/clayton/stories/2009/01/02/clayton_sheriff_fires.html), is, according to POST not allowed to be a Law Enforcement Officer.

Hobb’s selective amnesia told him not to report this to POST (Peace Officers Standards and Training) (he didn’t know he had to according the news story). As a Spouse Abuser, he isn’t even supposed to be carrying a firearm in the State of Georgia. Our new Sheriff, Kem Kimbrough did the right thing in firing this reprobate. http://www.wsbtv.com/news/18397797/detail.html#-

Hargett, his former accomplice in Clayton County said he did a full background check at the time of hiring (yea, right). See article at http://www.coastalcourier.com/news/article/14982/ .

Though found innocent of the charges Hargett was alleged to be violating the constitutional rights of individuals while employed by Riverdale and this document speaks volumes to his character in my opinion http://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/F3/458/458.F3d.1251.05-13573.html

As memory serves me both Hargett and Hobbs were joined at the hip to Victor Hill doing his dirty work allegedly intimidating civilians and allegedly contributing to the vast graft and corruption network of the former Sheriff. (Remember Victor Hill cost the People of this County MILLIONS in law suits).

What a shame Clayton County trash has washed up in Walthourville, Ga. In my opinion, they deserve no employment in Law Enforcement, they do a disservice to the good men and women in uniform and endanger the citizenry in Walthourville.

HLS

July 8th, 2009
4:06 pm

Thanks for that update, Sgt. Rock. At least those guys are not still here.

matabla

July 8th, 2009
4:18 pm

Let me think about this. I get to pick from the bottom one percent of the bottom one percent of the schools in the nation. Do I want a school that is bad or worse, a faculty that doesn’t teacher or one that’s just indifferent. Just let me use my tax money to send my kids my kids to private school.

Shameless II

July 9th, 2009
10:56 pm

You guys ought to feel really bad about selective posting! Why not exchange opposing opinions! Please remember editors the 14 amendment and all other amendments! I know we’re below the Mason-Dixie Line, but please! Be bold, take an example from the President! Stand for something or fall for anything! Remember you’re “FREE”.

bb

July 10th, 2009
9:29 am

???? huh ? say what? Maybe you fat fingered it. I have never – NOT – had a post added. Is there just a little JT in you?

Your invitation to leave has been extended.

July 10th, 2009
6:08 pm

This invitation to leave Clayton County is for the BS Raybourne. Take your prejudices with you. Improving the quality of life will be accomplished in Clayton County when negative people like you are gone. As for our schools, we will rebuild Clayton County Schools sooner than you think!

KimWhit

July 10th, 2009
8:47 pm

Black, affluent, suburban parents are gone or sending their kids to private school also. I wouldn’t send our family dog to a Clayton county school.

A Mark Elgart Matter

July 11th, 2009
12:44 pm

AJC reported Cobb County’s Board of Education has voted dozens of times in secret on a variety of subjects over the last three years, including buying real estate, approving leases and paying legal fees.
Some of the secret votes involved lawsuits and the expenditure of taxpayer dollars while others covered more mundane matters, such as the granting of easements on school property, according to records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution under the Open Records Act.
Georgia law permits elected officials to discuss certain subjects in “executive session” such as personnel and legal matters and purchasing real estate.
But state Attorney General Thurbert Baker’s office, which has the authority to prosecute violations of Georgia’s open meetings laws, has repeatedly insisted elected officials are not permitted to vote behind closed doors.
“All votes, though, even on privately discussed matters, must be taken in public,” Baker wrote in a 1998 legal opinion for state lawmakers.
Georgia’s Open Meetings Act says certain votes made by elected boards in secret meetings that should be open to the public “shall not be binding.” But the law gives people only 90 days to contest the legitimacy of those actions.
Cobb County school officials said they are not aware of any complaints about the board’s votes. They also said the board took the extra step of ratifying some of its close-door votes with votes in public proceedings.
Cobb Board of Education Chairman John Abraham said his board relied on the advice of its attorney, Glenn Brock, in voting behind closed doors. Abraham told the AJC Friday that his board would no longer vote in secret and would limit what it discusses behind closed doors.
“In light of the current concerns, we will do a better job of being more conservative in how we interpret the open meetings law,” said Abraham, who has served on the board since 2007 and became chairman in January. “I am the chairman. I take full responsibility for that.”
Brock said: “Mistakes were made. I take responsibility for it. They have been corrected.”
Former board member Lindsey Tippins, who served as chairman prior to Abraham, did not return calls placed to his home and office.
The board’s votes are mentioned briefly in the minutes of the close-door meetings obtained by the AJC. Among the board’s secret decisions were:
— A unanimous vote on Feb. 28 of last year, directing staff to purchase two properties adjacent to Mableton Elementary School. The minutes do not reflect what the board planned for the properties;
— Votes on June 26 of last year to approve lease agreements for the location of T-Mobile cell phone towers at Walton and North Cobb high schools and Floyd Middle School;
— A unanimous vote for the school system to reimburse a family for “reasonable and necessary expenses” for a 12-year-old Barber Middle School student who had been hit in the eye with a hockey stick during a physical education class.
At the board’s invitation, Stefan Ritter, a senior assistant attorney general, met with members about the state’s open meeting laws in February and cautioned them not to vote on any matter behind closed doors, said Russ Willard, a spokesman for the state attorney general’s office.
“Our office has consistently taken the position that votes are not permitted in executive session,” Willard said. “We met with the Cobb County Board of Education to discuss various issues under the Open Meetings Act. It was a very fruitful discussion.”
Yet, the board has voted at least three times in closed-door meetings since February, according to the minutes of those meetings.
On March 26, for example, the board voted 7-0 to send letters to people about their interest in selling their property to the school system for a certain project. Details about the project are not available because the school system heavily redacted the minutes before providing them to The AJC.
“Since the beginning of 2009 the board has taken steps such as bringing in the assistant attorney general to clearly outline what may or may not be discussed in executive session,” Cobb Superintendent Fred Sanderson said in statement he issued through a spokesman Friday. “I think we all have a better understanding of what types of discussions are legally confidential, and what should be public.” The difference between Cobb and Clayton is black and white!

Clayton County School Graduate

July 15th, 2009
8:55 am

Agree with KimWhit, as someone who went to school K-12 in Clayton County, it was terrible in the 90’s and it’s only worse now. “Gifted” and “AP” classes would be average at best in a normal school system. Clayton County has a lot of potential and I truly hope community leaders step up and focus on solutions in the future, but in it’s current state I hate the thought of any child being “educated” by this system.

Very Involved Parent

August 2nd, 2009
9:04 pm

I have a question to “Clayton County Graduate”, why do we have to wait for community leaders step up? If at least 25% of Clayton county residence, not only parents start showing up at meeting and voicing our concerns, we might actually start seeing change. I am not waiting for not one person to step up and make a difference for my child or my community! I challenge everyone to bring at least one parent to each school board meeting. We as the people of Clayton County need to start getting involved. Don’t let other people looking in and talk negatively about where we live and then for us to join in agreement. One thing I know is that if you want change YOU should be the one to start and others will join.

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