1,500 suspensions – was it worth it?

Recently, 1,500 Clayton County high school students expressed themselves by staging an organized protest of wearing school uniforms, and as per the AJC were disciplined for their efforts.

I wondered how those parents felt and/or handled the suspensions, because this will be key in determining how this plays out. For example, I know a (Fulton county) student who got caught with the tail of his shirt hanging out. Although he said it was an accident, parents were called, he was sent home and suspended. That was followed up with parental discipline, and he never made that mistake again.

Still, this student protest may be slowly gaining momentum. While their online petition has added only four additional signatures since my Sept. 28 blog, the Protest As One Facebook page has garnered 795 fans.

Nevertheless, it is good to see CCPS enforcing their own rules since there has been a “dress code” in place for years that was completely ignored.  Now, if some students were just as interested in education as they were in protesting school uniforms . . .

Was your child suspended? Did you have a problem with the protest? Students, was the protest worth a suspension?

Finally, CCPS hosts two meetings this week to hear public comments and input on Lovejoy’s proposed redistricting plan. Due to the opening of the Eddie J. White Academy in August 2010, students attending River’s Edge Elementary School and Lovejoy Middle School may be rezoned.

The first will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Lovejoy Middle School (1588 Lovejoy Road, Lovejoy). The second is on Dec. 3 at River’s Edge (205 North Bridge Road, Fayetteville) at 6 p.m.. According to news reports, the plan will be presented to the CCBOE at the Dec. 14 work session, and voted on in January.

Does your child(ren) attend any of these schools? Could redistricting be beneficial to your child’s education?

124 comments Add your comment

DoubleAction

December 6th, 2009
10:25 pm

Nonya

“Maybe you want to continue to see African Americans as” “second class Americans”.

Everyone has their own bed to sleep in and their own voting booth to cast their ballot; Don’t blame me what happen to this county. Screaming Racism is not going to work; we are too far gone for that conversation.

DoubleAction

December 6th, 2009
10:43 pm

Gary Klahr; “Remember, the Jim Crow laws were originally enacted because after slavery was illegal, the Redneck Whites SINCERELY assumed that Blacks were not yet fit for full citizenship. REMEMBER?????”

I can only remember things of my own lifetime; such as this :

Our Legislative Branch From Clayton County

Castle Law : SB 396 – Crimes; person who is attacked has no duty to retreat; provide immunity from prosecution

I’m sure you’ll recognize a few other names Voted NO from Clayton County

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2005_06/votes/hv0989.htm (http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2005_06/votes/hv0989.htm)

The Georgia Senate Votes

Let’s don’t forget Senator Valencia Seay (D-SS 34), who Voted “NO” for the same bill.

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2005_06/votes/sv0731.htm (http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2005_06/votes/sv0731.htm)

HB 89

The Current Version

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/fulltext/hb89.htm (http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/fulltext/hb89.htm)

The House Votes

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/votes/hv0050.htm (http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/votes/hv0050.htm)

The Senate Votes

Again : Let’s don’t forget Senator Valencia Seay (D-SS 34), who Voted “NO” for the same bill.

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/votes/sv1035.htm (http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/votes/sv1035.htm)

DoubleAction

December 6th, 2009
10:52 pm

Kimy

December 4th, 2009
7:52 pm
Nonya,

“Seriously I would vote for you. This is what my family talk about often.”

That is how we got ourselves into this mess.

DoubleAction

December 6th, 2009
11:07 pm

LoveJoy; I found out that it’s not about white treading on the rights of Black people; It’s the entire democratic party of Black & White race baiters in this country.

Lovejoy goes along with the crowd

December 6th, 2009
11:22 pm

Lovejoy, if the BOE wanted to emphasize which school has the prettiest school colors, would you be discussing that instead of multiple violations of the law?

Probably so. Even more proof of how so many are so easily manipulated.

Nonya

December 7th, 2009
5:15 am

KimWhit- I wish we had someone who was in the know about the underhanded shenanigans going on here and willing to expose them. I know there are other people like us here who want to see this county change for the better. We just need a way to get the word out and need to find someone who could lead us in the right direction. I got stopped one day by a guy who stated he knew a lot about the corruption in Clayton County and that he had been in talks with the “Feds” to clean it up. When I asked him what he was doing to get the word out, he had no real answer other than he would randomly speak to citizens when he was out in the neighborhood. I asked about community meetings, mass emails, flyers etc. Sadly, he just stared blankly then left. I want to help. I want to be involved but sadly I just don’t know where to go to meet others who feel the same. If anyone knows of any grass roots movements please let us know.

DoubleAction

December 7th, 2009
1:19 pm

“If anyone knows of any grass roots movements please let us know.”

Nothing seem to work on the old school board until our BOE lost it’s accreditation, then the Governor stepped in and removed them. The Governor has already warned people in this county, about making the right choices come election time.You can’t belly ache all the time
for your own mistakes.Live with it or move.

DoubleAction

December 7th, 2009
1:39 pm

LoveJoy; Once it’s Black, It never goes back. Just take a look at the Recent elections for Mayor in Atlanta.

DoubleAction

December 7th, 2009
2:08 pm

” If anyone knows of any grass roots movements please let us know.”

The only ones we have are nothing more than a bunch of “Two Faced Back Stabbing Lying Racist Paranoid Cowardly Redneck Hypocrites” who gets nothing done.

Turn around

December 7th, 2009
9:42 pm

to – easily manipulated – Well – Mr. DoWell – you finally crawl out from under that rock – was at the meeting – you are a pill- You have made money off the taxpayers back for so long – not even giving a product/service of worth. Blend back into the woodwork – go visit buddy JT.

tony

December 7th, 2009
10:39 pm

What I said about Heatley is absolutely true. Stay tuned.

Andros2197

December 8th, 2009
8:32 am

I had a long-winded, achingly earnest post all written up about being a life-long resident of the county, my love of my hometown and area, and what I see as the troubles in it now. I’m not going to post it, though, because by and large the black people in the county don’t give a damn what anybody white has to say on any subject unless that white person is a race-baiting suck-up like John Trotter.

I’ll be leaving the county in (hopefully) no more than a couple of years, taking my children to be raised somewhere better. So all you excuse-makers can have it. I hope you learn to get along with others, or if you don’t then that the black people who have a clue get together and take power, before the place goes completely down the rat-hole. It’s most of the way there now, but I’m an optimist – or maybe just a pollyanna, I dunno – and always hold out hope.

Glenn Dowell

December 8th, 2009
11:14 am

TO: SO EASILY MANIPULATED…….

CONTACT: GLENN DOWELL, Ed.D. TELEPHONE: 404.680.8244
Website: claytonnewssettingtherecordstraight.com

December 7, 2009

RE: ETHICAL ISSUES RELATED TO SELECTION OF LAW FIRM FOR CLAYTON COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM

CLAYTON COUNTY: Over the past several months, an atmosphere of superficial calm has prevailed related to Clayton County schools being portrayed negatively in the print and broadcast media. The public appears to be satisfied that the new Board and a new Superintendent would work cooperatively in charting a new direction for schools that would ultimately result in the improved academic performance of students in the county.

As a community stakeholder, I believe in our school system and the potential of our board members to ensure that the previous history of a select oligarchy benefiting financially from the school system utilizing board members as conduits is discontinued. For the record, in the past, select businesses and individuals have been given preferential treatment related to the bid process and have assumed that the school system is their personal bank. The school system has essentially offered them welfare at taxpayers’ expense. Taking the history of the bid process into consideration, I encourage Board members and the Superintendent to set the record straight by ensuring that future bid processes are free of external pressures from businesses and individuals who are interested in personal financial gains and not our students.

Pursuant to my aforementioned concerns, the process for determining and selecting a law firm or firms for the school system should be predicated on an impartial review of what the firm or firms can do for the school system and not the reverse. To be more specific, if a Board member has received any donations or provided any services by firms competing for the school’s business, he/she should recuse themselves because of possible bias or personal interest in the selection process.

I am personally concerned that one of the firms being considered hosted a function in their home to celebrate the passage of our SPLOST. From what I have learned, a few Board members and Superintendent Heatley attended this celebration. If this firm is ultimately selected as our legal representation, Board members should be prepared to allay the public’s concerns that the selection was not an entitlement for the firm inviting school officials into their homes..

SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT BY NOT ALLOWING ANYONE TO IMPUGN THE CLAYTON COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM’S BID PROCESS-THE SCHOOL SYSTEM MUST NO LONGER BE PERCEIVED AS THE “PUBLIC TROUGH” OF SO-CALLED INFLUENTIAL INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES. STOP PROVIDING THESE INDIVIDUALS AND COMPANIES WELFARE.

Glenn Dowell

December 8th, 2009
11:20 am

TO…EASILY MANIPULATED.

THE WELFARE RECIPIENTS IN CLAYTON COUNTY HAVE ALWAYS CONFUSED THE ISSUES, PRETENDING THAT THE CHILDREN ARE IMPORTANT WHILE PIMPING THE PUBLIC TROUGH. THE CLAYTON BOARD APPROVED LAW FIRMS AT LAST NIGHT’S MEETING-TWO FIRMS, HOWEVER, WILL GET THE LION’S SHARE OF BUSINESS. TELL ME THAT WELFARE IS NOT ALIVE IN CLAYTON COUNTY. I SENT THE FOLLLOWING EMAIL TO ALL BOARD MEMBERS BEFORE THE SELECTION OF THE APPROVAL OF THE LAW FIRMS.

CONTACT: GLENN DOWELL, Ed.D. TELEPHONE: 404.680.8244
Website: claytonnewssettingtherecordstraight.com

December 7, 2009

RE: ETHICAL ISSUES RELATED TO SELECTION OF LAW FIRM FOR CLAYTON COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM

CLAYTON COUNTY: Over the past several months, an atmosphere of superficial calm has prevailed related to Clayton County schools being portrayed negatively in the print and broadcast media. The public appears to be satisfied that the new Board and a new Superintendent would work cooperatively in charting a new direction for schools that would ultimately result in the improved academic performance of students in the county.

As a community stakeholder, I believe in our school system and the potential of our board members to ensure that the previous history of a select oligarchy benefiting financially from the school system utilizing board members as conduits is discontinued. For the record, in the past, select businesses and individuals have been given preferential treatment related to the bid process and have assumed that the school system is their personal bank. The school system has essentially offered them welfare at taxpayers’ expense. Taking the history of the bid process into consideration, I encourage Board members and the Superintendent to set the record straight by ensuring that future bid processes are free of external pressures from businesses and individuals who are interested in personal financial gains and not our students.

Pursuant to my aforementioned concerns, the process for determining and selecting a law firm or firms for the school system should be predicated on an impartial review of what the firm or firms can do for the school system and not the reverse. To be more specific, if a Board member has received any donations or provided any services by firms competing for the school’s business, he/she should recuse themselves because of possible bias or personal interest in the selection process.

I am personally concerned that one of the firms being considered hosted a function in their home to celebrate the passage of our SPLOST. From what I have learned, a few Board members and Superintendent Heatley attended this celebration. If this firm is ultimately selected as our legal representation, Board members should be prepared to allay the public’s concerns that the selection was not an entitlement for the firm inviting school officials into their homes..

SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT BY NOT ALLOWING ANYONE TO IMPUGN THE CLAYTON COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM’S BID PROCESS-THE SCHOOL SYSTEM MUST NO LONGER BE PERCEIVED AS THE “PUBLIC TROUGH” OF SO-CALLED INFLUENTIAL INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES. STOP PROVIDING THESE INDIVIDUALS AND COMPANIES WELFARE.

Rev Billy Bob Whiskey

December 8th, 2009
10:37 pm

Uh- oh. Did that dude get to ya?

What is amazing is how long you can hold a grudge against the people of Clayton and the School Board. Are you still miffed at that 8 percent vote of confidence the voters gave you? And you have the gall of mentioning the Public Trough. You and you family have been eating there for so many years – you can not even think straight. The taxpayers are the ones who made it possible for your ride – the Bentley.

You are touting an issue that you have made up from that warped mind – there is no there – there.

Talk about welfare at the taxpayers expense – the public need only – thru public records see how you and your enterprise have sold the Feds and states a bill of goods – time after time – to the tune of several million dollars. But somehow – thru creative bookkeeping – have rarely, if ever shown a profit. No profit – but riding in a Bentley? All at taxpayers expense. What a hypocrite!! You were even willing to doing business with Clayton schools thru your foundation – if you had made the BOE.

Hey slick – you still got that web site with lynching pictures – or was that just race-baiting for the campaign season?

GOD Bless!!

tony

December 8th, 2009
10:58 pm

So now that John S. has been moved out of HR, I guess Dr. Madden can apply AGAIN. And what happened to the sexual harassment complaint against Doug Hendrix.

DoubleAction

December 9th, 2009
6:05 am

Glenn Dowell is just another self proclaimed “Advocates” in this county, who is children as his own stepping stone for his own profit and his political gain.

Big Earl

December 9th, 2009
10:02 am

Get ready for the next power grab. The Clayton BOC voted to make the Commission Chairman sole head over the county police chief – hiring and firing. This after the same three voted to take power away from the Chairman position a few months ago to give it to Cohlias. The proposal was headed by none other than the man – Wole Ralph – who seems to have crowned himself as the next Commission Chairman. Chief Turner – watch your back. This is back door politics at its worst. We deserve better from our elected officials. I mistakenly thought Wole was better than than, but have been proven wrong thru several instances in the past two years.

The anti teacher BOE

December 9th, 2009
10:43 am

Why have the teachers on the BOE been silent about the serious allegations that teachers’ legal rights are being violated when it comes to grievance hearings?

If the school systems where they work were violating Georgia law by not giving teachers the right to grievance hearings they have a legal right to, wouldn’t they want the BOE in the system they work in to do something about it?

Do these board members think it is ok that Clayton County teachers have less legal rights than the teachers have in the systems they work in?

When these board members talk about how they appreciate the work Clayton County teachers do, isn’t that empty talk if they have so little respect for Clayton County teachers that they will sit by while their legal rights are possibly being violated?

Is that how they as teachers would want to be treated where they work?

Is the BOE dealing with this issue, and it just hasn’t been reported in the media, or are they ignoring the issue to the detriment of teachers and students?

Glenn Dowell, Ed.D.

December 9th, 2009
11:12 am

Hey….Dumb Reverend Billy Bob Whiskey ( AKA JT, D & T B) ….

With all the crap you are exposing, I should be in jail. Get over the election dummy, candidates lose elections all of the time. The fact of the matter is you hide your unimportance with pseudo names-YOU ARE NOTHING. GET IT.

BY THE WAY, THE BENTLEY WAS BOUGHT FOR ME BY IDIOTS LIKE YOU WHO BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN CONFUSE THE ISSUES BY FOCUSING ON PERSONALITIES-GET A LIFE.

Glenn Dowell, Ed.D.

December 9th, 2009
11:24 am

I FORGOT…….REVEREND BILLY BOB WHISKEY AND DOUBLE ACTION (AKA-JT, AND T&D B).

I WOULD RATHER LOSE AND ELECTION THAN TO BE USED AS A MINDLESS IDIOT, ENSURING THAT CERTAIN LAW FIRM WOULD CONTINUE TO GET WELFARE PAID FOR BY TAXPAYERS.

BY THE WAY, THE RESULTS OF THE SERVICES I PROVIDE TO THE PUBLIC CAN BE FOUND AT THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION-CHECK IT OUT IF YOU ARE SO INTERESTED IN SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT. I GET PAID FOR RESULTS, DUMMY.

Glenn Dowell, Ed.D.

December 9th, 2009
11:27 am

I FORGOT…….REVEREND BILLY BOB WHISKEY AND DOUBLE ACTION (AKA-JT, AND T&D B).

I WOULD RATHER LOSE AN ELECTION THAN TO BE USED AS A MINDLESS IDIOT, ENSURING THAT CERTAIN LAW FIRM WOULD CONTINUE TO GET WELFARE PAID FOR BY TAXPAYERS.

BY THE WAY, THE RESULTS OF THE SERVICES I PROVIDE TO THE PUBLIC CAN BE FOUND AT THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION-CHECK IT OUT IF YOU ARE SO INTERESTED IN SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT. I GET PAID FOR RESULTS, DUMMY.

i like to watch

December 9th, 2009
11:42 am

glen dowell strikes me as an idiot.

Dr. John Trotter

December 9th, 2009
12:24 pm

Dear Claytonians: If I want to say something about you, I don’t have to hide behind any fake moniker. I haven’t posted on this blog in weeks. In fact, I think I have posted only once in the last month on the GetSchooled blog. I know Dr. Dowell well. He is a friend of mine. I did not write anything on this blog about Dr. Dowell. He and I both have a respect for each other’s rather tough skin. He and I both went against each other in different publications years ago. We have known each other for over 20 years. His Youth Empowerment Project offers a substantive service for the youth of today. I have often stated that jealousy is a powerful emotion, but continued success is the best rervenge…served cold, of course. No, “Billy Bob” (whoever he or she may be), you are a very poor imitation to my good friends, Rev. Jimmy Jack Bourbon and Earl of Ft. Liqourdale. Jimmy and Earl are obviously my special “friends.” No, I don’t have to camouflage my identity. I love being free. If I think that a politician is sorry (like Deborah Benefield), then I just state it openly. No problem. I respect Glenn for also being up-front in his writings and signing his Christian name.