Will Senate Bill 84 make a difference?

Recently, Governor Sonny Perdue signed Senate Bill 84 into law, initiating school board reform which will allow the state to step in when a local school system’s accreditation is threatened.

So, how does it feel to have lived through a small piece of history that has completely changed the way the system works? I’m glad this is in place for future school systems, it’s just too bad that Clayton County Public Schools was the template used to get it passed.

Nevertheless, CCPS is still working hard to erase the past and move forward, and the system is getting there slowly but surely.

During the SACS Review Team’s April visit CCPS fell short on four mandates, which included: “Committing to an ethics policy governing the actions of school board members; implementing a comprehensive, strategic planning process at the school, and district, levels; conducting a review of the school system’s organizational structure, and establishing an articulated action plan for dealing with the resolution of conflicts involving staff members and school board members,” as per the Clayton News-Daily. Tonight Superintendent Edmond Heatley will report on that visit, and results are expected to be positive.

Additionally, four public hearings will be held today at the CCPS Administrative Complex (1058 Fifth Avenue, Jonesboro), to discuss teacher salaries (10:30 AM and 5:00 PM) and the 2011 budget (11:30 AM and 6:00 PM), with the monthly board meeting to also be held at 6:00 PM.  Public comments are welcomed at all of these meetings.

Will SB 84 help public school systems in the future?

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Do you think Senate Bill 84 will make a difference for future public school systems in a similar predicament? Will you attend any of these meetings and voice your opinion and/or concerns?

FORUM TONIGHT: Republican challengers running against Democrat David Scott will hold a forum tonight from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Comfort Suites Atlanta Airport, 5087 Clark Howell Highway.) Candidates scheduled to debate are: Mike Crane, Hank Dudek, Chip Flanegan, Deborah Honeycutt, Dave Orr, and Rupert Parchment.

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Sgt Rock

June 7th, 2010
11:13 am

According to CC B.o.C. Agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting at 7 PM, the Board is considering the re-appointment of Ericka Davis to the Clayton County Service Board.

http://www.co.clayton.ga.us/temp/060810bm.pdf ITEM 16

Ms. Davis is one of the Poster Children for all that is wrong in this County. She resigned as Chairman of the Board of Education on April 2, 2008 ONLY AFTER a Clayton County Grand Jury considered indictments against her and the other members for MALFEASANCE.

This is the same Ericka Davis, while chairing the Board of Education, that ram-rodded Ms. Barbara Pulliam into Clayton County. Ms Pulliam then hired unqualified relatives and friends to positions within the school administration leading the way to loss of accreditation.

AJC’s, Megan Matteucci wrote on 2 Aug. 2008 “Clayton County school board members tried to intimidate school staff to get jobs for their relatives and friends, according to a newly completed report that school officials hope will save the district’s accreditation.

The report, submitted this week to a school accreditation agency, cites an outside audit of the school system’s $600 million budget that found no “fraud, theft or widespread abuse by administrators or staff.

From numerous accounts, it has not been uncommon for board members or former superintendents to contact administrative staff regarding a board member’s desire to have relatives hired, or the relative or child of a community member.”

http://ohio.baeo.org/news?news_id=1030

ELDRIN BELL EVEN CALLED FOR THE RESIGNATION OF THE ENTIRE SCHOOL BOARD UPON THIS GRAND JURY RECOMMENDATION.

With such leadership now comes the opportunity to demonstrate future ineptness by appointing Ms. Davis to another position in government when it is clearly NOT in the best interests of the County or Citizens.

So here we are, her term expires on 30 June from the Service Board which she has held for the past three years and our Commissioners are even considering her nomination let alone a vote of YEA?

This has to be the height of hypocrisy. It’s almost a no-brainer but yet again the Commission is considering snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in this unbelievable move and blatant slap in the face of the Citizens of Clayton County.

Please stop the charade

June 7th, 2010
11:17 am

Can we please stop the charade that SACS is not going restore Clayton’s accreditation?

It was a political power play, pure and simple. That’s why you were told before it even happened that the accreditation would be taking away after the 2008 students graduated, and restored before the 2009 students graduated, because there was no way the rich and powerful in Clayton were going to have their children graduate from an unaccredited school.

Does anyone who has any real knowledge of the politics behind the accreditation have even a shadow of a doubt that the current board could have a crystal meth party on Tara Blvd. download it onto YouTube, and SACS would still restore accreditation, as long as they had a Robert’s Rules of Order guidebook with them?

Honestly, are the voters in Clayton really this ignorant and gullible when it comes to SACS and Clayton?

Taking care of bidness

June 7th, 2010
11:20 am

So Eldrin “Papi” Bell is still taking care of Erica?

Let’s not forget it was Ericka who first went to SACS, only to have her political power play blow up in her face because she herself had done so many things wrong that Elgart and Sonny’s only way out of the mess was to yank accreditation and blow up the board.

Clayton Parent

June 7th, 2010
11:46 am

Personally I have no doubts that we’ll regain full accreditation . Most get that this was all a failed ploy by SACS to propel a bigger agenda which failed miserably. But don’t trust the system anymore so until I hear the words accreditation have been completely restored I’ll still wonder what’s up.

Who holds SACS accountable?

June 7th, 2010
1:03 pm

Who holds SACS accountable? Certainly not the AJC. Why haven’t they done a single story on SACS when they did over two dozen on Clayton? Ask the editors and watch them do the Texas Two Step trying to explain why they haven’t done even a single story on SACS.

Now let’s not make any excuses for most of the old board. Enough foolishness was perpetrated by Ericka Davis, Rod Johnson, and Sandra Scott that they should have renamed the board Clown Central.

But you have SACS coming down here to Clayton because a board acts like Clown Central, yet in DeKalb you have multiple high ranking administrators under a RICO indictment and SACS hasn’t opened an investigation?

What does that tell you about SACS and where they really stand on politics versus doing what’s best for students?

Papi Question

June 7th, 2010
1:05 pm

Is Papi still letting Ericka tool around in his car, as was alleged when Ericka and Papi were working together in the political power play that ended up blowing up in everybody’s faces?

Who holds SACS accountable?

June 7th, 2010
1:23 pm

Kimberly since the AJC editors have tapped danced around the issue whenever the readers have called them on it, can you find out for us why the AJC has never done even a single story on how SACS operates?

kallen

June 7th, 2010
1:38 pm

Republican challengers running against Democrat David Scott will hold a forum tonight from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Comfort Suites Atlanta Airport, 5087 Clark Howell Highway.) Candidates scheduled to debate are: Mike Crane, Hank Dudek, Chip Flanegan, Deborah Honeycutt, Dave Orr, and Rupert Parchment.

DaveClark5

June 7th, 2010
1:38 pm

Some of these answers can be found on the previous topics. It looks like we are seeing too much abuse of copy and paste on this website.

Daryl

June 7th, 2010
4:34 pm

Ericka Davis??? Hell No!!! Just say “No” to past failures in CC. If we want to move forward, we gotta throw yesterday’s trash in the dumpster…That goes for the Scotts & Victor Hill as well…

We don’t need anymore of the same crap for this county…!

Catastrophic Loss

June 7th, 2010
6:04 pm

Atlanta’s public school district continues to violate federal rules aimed at preventing waste and abuse in technology projects, undeterred by a scandal that cost it millions of dollars and sent two former employees to prison. Questions about favoritism surround two contracts for which the district is seeking reimbursement from the federal E-rate program, an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows. The irregularities put Atlanta at risk of losing more than $30 million in E-rate requests and could invite other penalties from federal regulators. All while still maintaining accreditation. Now see Dekalb school system in the news. Wow! Clayton county residents surely must feel like idiots

Who holds SACS accountable?

June 7th, 2010
7:12 pm

Kimberly, why address the softball question about a poster, but ignore the hard question asking why the AJC editorial board won’t give a simple straightforward answer to why it has never done a story on SACS, even as it did more than two dozen of them on Clayton’s accreditation?

Kimberly, don’t you think the AJC owes its readers a transparent answer to a simple straightforward question?

cc resident

June 7th, 2010
7:21 pm

Clayton County Headlines in the AJC

Man shot in CC apartment

Police seek shooting death person of interest

Man chased to airport arrested

drug bust turns up weapons stash

WHY DOES THE AJC HATE THIS COUNTY SOOOOOO MUCH ?

I know that things happened in other counties similar tothe above that don’t get reported…yet every single crime is front page news….next it’ll be..FLY KILLED IN CC…………FIRE ANTS KILLED IN CC

ENOUGH ALREADY.

I live in CC…..Its not nearly as bad as the AJC would have readers believe. I live in jonesboro….right off noahs ark..

cc resident

June 7th, 2010
7:22 pm

The Superintendent of Dekalb county is indicted….we loose accreditation for not keeping meeting minutes…….Its not racism…..because Dekalb is as black as black gets…so what gives ?

WHY cc…WHY ?

cc resident

June 7th, 2010
7:26 pm

sgt Rock..you make great points, do excellent research and should run for office……………..u don’t want the position, yet u want to point out all these things that are wrong with the county….the county needs u….or u need to back a candidate that has your values and foresight.

THE REAL PROBLEM WITH CC IS THAT WE DON’T HAVE ANYONE GOOD TO CHOOSE…IF AND WHEN WE DECIDE TO VOTE…JEWEL SCOTT, LEE SCOTT OR ELDRIN BELL…..ALL OF THEM ARE TOTALLY INCOMPITENT…… Give us a real leader to chose from…instead of the lesser of 3 evils

kallen

June 7th, 2010
7:39 pm

I have no idea why this has not been covered. I can’t speak for the editorial board on this note, only on issues related to this blog. The AJC has several writers covering Clayton. The best advice I can give you is to keep asking the editors and staff writers, or better yet, why not address this question to the Get Schooled blog where they specialize in anything related to the school system?

As I’ve said before, if anyone has some inside information you’d like to share that will help enlighten us all, feel free to email me at kallenis42@yahoo.com.

Who holds SACS accountable?

June 7th, 2010
7:48 pm

Kimberly it has been asked on the Get Schooled blog, it has been asked of Andre Jackson, and it has been asked of Ken Foskett and every last one of them punted when asked directly.

Thought maybe they’d tell you the truth, since they don’t seem to be willing to share it with the readers whose patronage helps pay their salary.

Pittbull

June 7th, 2010
9:51 pm

cc resident
We help sell newspapers, and TV news advertising, because we draw viewers.That has to be it. When the news gets boring around Atlanta, they know they can find something in Clayton County to sensationalize, and boost there viewers, and readers.

I like Grape-Lemonade koolaide

June 7th, 2010
10:01 pm

but cc resident’s koolaide must have some 90 proof likka in it if he or she really thinks we only lost accreditation for not keeping minutes. If those last four imbeciles would’ve stepped down and stepped off we would NOT have lost accreditation.

DeKalb won’t lose accreditation because they’re taking out the trash way before SACS and the Governor are forced to do so for them. Its called being proactive, something cc was NOT until stuff started hitting the fan & then those last 4 just wouldn’t quit. I hope it was worth it for them as they stood by as CCPS crashed and burned on their watch. Oh yeah, Erica Davis shouldn’t get appointed to nothing in this county ever again, how is that happening oh my god! What is going on in this county? but at least Davis knew when to quit so she’ll always get a tidbit of respect from me, those 4 and especially Sandra Scott just don’t get it, but I sure hope the voters in scott’s district do and won’t waste a vote on her, anybody named Scott or Hill.

What is the Truth

June 7th, 2010
10:20 pm

Employees from 12 Atlanta schools will be referred for possible testing violations, according to the chairman of a community panel overseeing an investigation into possible cheating on state tests last year. The announcement came as investigators wrap up their work, which included a review of 58 city schools. A final report will be issued next week, said Gary Price, a partner with price water house Coopers and the panel’s chairman, as he updated Atlanta school board members about the process. However, Clayton county lost accreditation for far less; the residents here must surely be puzzled or dumbfounded or both!

Yeah, okay

June 8th, 2010
1:05 pm

SB84 was the only good that came out of Clayton’s accreditation mess. It may save the accreditation of DeKalb & the other county with school issues

cc resident

June 8th, 2010
1:38 pm

Man shot at Clayton County apartment complex…This will shore spur home buyers to pick clayton county to live.

Maybe Lee scott will change all this………..NOT!!

I think the AJC has a vendetta against the county until we get rid of our undesirable politicians…get Eldrin and the stooges out and i bet he headlines will change.

Roach

June 8th, 2010
1:53 pm

So many school board members are really focused on jobs or contracts for their family and friends, not about education and economic progress, it’s a certainty that other school boards will screw up as much as or more than Clayton County’s. But remember, NCAA gave SMU football the “death penalty” (terminated their program), but NCAA hasn’t done that to any school since, even though other schools almost certainly have deserved the penalty, under the rules. That’s the way it goes–yes, the rule is on the books, and yes, it may technically apply, but no one really wants to go through that again. So some governor will likely use the SB84 power once, but the trauma will discourage any governor from ever using it again. The law and its one-time use will have deterrent power for a while, but the lust for money and power among school board members will keep eating away. Before you know it, the situation will look a whole lot like it looks right now.

Thorn from past

June 8th, 2010
5:52 pm

Clayton school adminisration had a questionable land deal. No laws broken – just maybe the deal could have been better. Dekalb school administration is under indictment – for the construction deals they made. Where is SACS – at least to do some investigation of the administration of the Dekalb school system that allowed this to happen?

Yet – SACS still holds accreditation over the heads of the citizens of Clayton. Yes – we had a dysfunctional school board. Now our new board has made a 180 compared to the last board. SACS is now nit-picking (BS) to continue to harass Clayton. Their absense from the goings on in Dekalb is disheartening. Where is the outrage against Dekalb that they rightfully showed against Clayton? Give accreditation back NOW.

Atlanta school system – over two-thirds of their schools being investigated for cheating on standardized test. This has been shown to be not only a administrative issue but goes even further to include local school officials and teachers. This directly affect the teaching of the students in this system. And this at a time when their Superintendent was getting a national award. Those who gave that award now surely have egg over their faces, they got duped. The operation of the Clayton school system was in trouble – but nothing was said or brought forth that it affected the teaching of the children, but we lost accreditation. Where is SACS – at least to do some investigation of the administration of the Atlanta school system that allowed this to happen? Where is SACS outrage against the Atlanta school system that they showed against Clayton. Their total absense from the goings on in Atlanta is disheartening.

Kimberly – I hate to agree with one of the previous bloggers, but why doesn’t the AJC ask SACS and Mark Elgart – why are the schools in Georgia treated so differently for what amounts to administrative misconduct – and why do they do nothing when a systems actions reflect directly to the students and the teaching of those students. SACS has been understood to have said -that they go to a distrct when requested. Why doesn’t the AJC do a request for both Dekalb and Atlanta school system? With all the publicity and the court actions, do they REALLY need an invite? Sounds like they could use a little change in their organization too.

Mandates Ya Right

June 8th, 2010
8:49 pm

Now everyone in the world see Clayton’s accreditation was taken for nothing. No other county will give it up that easy!

Daryl

June 8th, 2010
11:05 pm

Ericka Davis WAS and IS the problem of the Clayton County Board of Education. She is a control freak who demanded that employees do work at her church. There are many, many email records of her micromanaging the school system but she apparently has special relationships with Eldrin Bell and Mark Elgart. Good grief, Clayton County! Ericka Davis is the only person who was on the Clayton County Board of Education when the board got into trouble with SACS on the two occasions (2003 and 2008). Have we lost our sanity.

TheGrimReaper

June 8th, 2010
11:06 pm

You ask why Clayton County forever makes negative press in the Metro Atlanta area?

REASON:
CORRUPTION, INEPTITUDE, SCANDAL, MISMANAGEMENT and last but not least:
Lazy residents and an ignorant voter base who refuse to care and hold elected leaders accountable.

TheGrimReaper

June 8th, 2010
11:06 pm

VOTE OUT ALL INCUMBANTS!

Bottom Line

June 9th, 2010
12:45 am

SACS and Mark Elgart used Clayton County as an politicial scapegoat try to reform school board reform.However, they have scared the system of life! Please! Man please listen to or try to someone trying to give you advise to you ; you stupid board memeber—senseless!! All the mandates-spells give up your rights– instead of being someone seeking truth!. You Mr. “Favored” person” we see you! you’re deadly. Man, come on “Why did we lose accreditation for **(NOTHING)*)? Racism is the “ONLY” cause of the , you the rich “Them” foks! Bttom Line is you know you’re wrong

@Kimberly

June 9th, 2010
8:31 am

Kimberly, why did you remove your response to why the AJC hasn’t done a single story on SACS?

Is it because Ken Foskett, Andre Jackson, and Get Schooled have all evaded the issue, and won’t give a simple straightforward answer to a simple straightforward question, and wish the question would go away?

Stop the lies

June 9th, 2010
9:28 am

@Double Action and Anyone who believes CC voters vote for only black candidates……Look at all the people who ran previously or are running for office now…THEY ARE ALL BLACK……SO WHAT THAT MEANS IS YOU HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO VOTE FOR A BLACK PERSON. So stop LYING by saying CC votes for their own race….

2nd Tracy Lawson won with an 80% majority..explain that ?

Finally there are generally ONLY black candidates running so the voter has no choice but to vote for a black one…Pick Eldrin Bell, Lee Scott, or Jewel Scott, Dabouze Antoine or Wole Ralph for commissioner…they are all black u moron…..and they are all losers if u ask me.

Pittbull

June 9th, 2010
9:54 am

Just read some of these posts, and the big trouble with this county is quite evident. Uneducated, conspiracy nuts, racists, and you name it. The county is ate up with them.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

June 9th, 2010
11:49 am

Rename Ericka Davis, Rod Johnson and the old board the Queen and her Jesters. No one would argue. Johnson and Davis were that bad

But is anybody willing to come on here and make a fool of themselves by saying the “new and improved” board has actually done anything tangible to improve the day to day teaching conditions in CCPS?

What you deserve

June 9th, 2010
12:51 pm

The primary failure of Clayton County schools is not in their school board, no matter what SACS would have you believe, and no matter how embarrassingly it has acted at times.

The primary failure of Clayton County schools is that they don’t support the classroom teacher in matters of discipline, and they let chronically disruptive students hijack the educational process with little to no meaningful consequences.

And until the citizens realize this, and make the school board and superintendent accountable for instituting policies, not just on paper but in actual practice, that have a direct, tangible effect on empowering the classroom teacher to hold students accountable for behavior and academics, there is but one inescapable conclusion you can come to concerning the citizens of Clayton:

You are getting the school system you RICHLY and FULLY deserve.

lilmomma

June 9th, 2010
6:00 pm

I dont know what it matters what color they are! Black or White vote for who is honest and will serve the community! When you stop hating you will be better off !

Duped Proof

June 9th, 2010
6:09 pm

Someone from the AJC wrote Clayton lost accreditation for BOE infighting. Wait a minute Georgia’s democrats and republican are forever infighting. Look even nationally democrats and republican are infighting. The US Senate and House Republicains can’t agree with the President on nothing–infighting! Where are the checks and balances? It was no ethics violation with Clayton –no one went to jail. What is the real underlying reason for accreditation loss. Clayton residents “Really got Duped”.

stop the lies

June 9th, 2010
6:15 pm

@what u deserve……How the hell do u figure I deserve such a school system? How can u make such a blanket statement? I didnt vot for those bums. I support full discipline and the removal of all disruptive kids…..so what can i do now? Again, based in ur logic I deserve such a school system….how so ?

@Double Action…I am very upset at the hate speech and accusations.

Not this time

June 9th, 2010
11:14 pm

I personally think that the candidate from Fayetteville, Travis Spruill, is the best person to change the political circle in Clayton County. The guy is a military veteran, a business executive, and has the best education reform message and plan for the county. Oh…..did I mention he was not from Clayton County? Finally, we have a better candidate to vote for.

I agree with @TheGrimReaper – VOTE OUT ALL INCUMBENTS! Valencia Seay has been in office as the State Senator for 6-8 years and the county gets worse every year. Don’t forget that she all but handed her state house seat over to Hill when she first ran for state senate. Do your homework and support this guy!

retired teacher

June 10th, 2010
8:52 am

I keep wondering where in the world does the city of Morrow get all its money? The Mall is dead…..many store fronts are closed…Old Towne does not look too successful…What is going on?

BusyBody

June 10th, 2010
9:35 am

Michael Edmundson why were you in court following the issues with Lee Scott? Seems to me that you are just a nosey busybody. You need to have dirt and you wanted to get something on Lee. The problem is that YOU did not expect to be the NEWS.

Stop your lying and stop all the support that you ONLY give to the Spivey Crowd. You have a district that is in areas of Clayton County other than Lake Spivey. ALL, do you hear me? ALL of your decisions are made on, “what is in the best interest of your friends and neighbors” and we all know it. That is why you are running scared to the courts to try and dig up dirt on Lee Scott.

Get a clue and get a life.

Somebody

June 10th, 2010
10:17 am

@DizzyBody last time I looked court rooms and the justice center is open to the public. If this has changed please inform. As for digging up dirt on the scotts and Hill one doesn’t need to look far as the Clayton County Courthouse is full of their civil and criminal appearances also a matter of public and open record. Can’t hide from ugly. LMAO!!

Pittbull

June 10th, 2010
10:43 am

BusyBody

Lets start by Lee Scott threatening to kill Donny Hoods brother in front of a police LT.. That not enough? Lets check all his so called job experiences, and schooling. Want to go there?

BusyBody

June 10th, 2010
2:44 pm

Oh, by no means did I want my last statement to appear as though I am supporting the Scott’s. I despise the Scotts and realize that they are just as bad for the County. And yes we all have the right to enter into a courtroom at anytime, unless the Judge so orders it empty, but for Edmondson to go to court on that one day for that one issue shows just how desperate he is. He may not be as bad as the Scotts, but he is not in this for the good of the County. He wants only his clique to succeed and nothing more. Now if the common good for the County comes from it, it was a byproduct and not intentional. For Edmondson, as is with almost every elected official’s purpose, is to achieve as much as possible for his friends, family and neighbors.

TheGrimReaper

June 10th, 2010
2:44 pm

Ask Edmundson what has he done for the other cities he supposedly represents?

Vote him out!

ccresident

June 10th, 2010
5:41 pm

Yep…All INCUMBENTS MUST GO

Anyone associated with Clayton County’s past MUST go..it only makes sense. The county has gone to hell…its made a bit of a resurgence…but we have to follow through by getting out the people that allowed the County to be a dumping ground and economical failure for the last 8 years.

No homes above 230k…..TARA BLVD looks like a dump..no sidewalks…..decent shopping centers and businesses……shall I go on?

Nemesis

June 10th, 2010
5:50 pm

Well if the choice is one of the Scott’s or Edmundson. Edmundson will get MY vote every time. I Don’t want either one of the toilet tissue twins holding another office in Clayton County. Haven’t they done enough damage to the County already?

Somebody

June 10th, 2010
5:54 pm

Busybody, glad to hear you NOT a Scott supporter. by clique do you mean the “spivy crowd”? dont forget the scotts are in the “spivey crowd” to. Yep, they live over there, they go to the coutry club an even attend same functions at lake spivey just as other county folks do. so they in that crowd to. nothing wrong with them socializing with neighbors. kind of good.

GrimReaper. your right, edmundson hasn’t done anything for the cities. he’s a county commissioner just like the other 4 commissioners. they don’t have anything to do with the cities, thats the job of mayor’s an city managers and city cousels. he and the other commissioners represent no city. there job stops at the city limits and stays inside the county. so ask him and the other commisioners what they’ve done for the cities and they’ll be glad to tell ya “nothin”. their not elected to do that.

SOMETHING BETTER

June 10th, 2010
5:57 pm

The southern end of Clayton County is just fine…its the northern end that needs the most work…Riverdale/college park..Forest Park.

Tara Blvd…from 138 and up to Upper Riverdale Rd…..Flint River Rd and Hwy 85

Can anyone fix those places so they look like some place nice….something similar to fayetteville or Henry county ?

Grafiitti from the trailer parks………NO LANDSCAPING….can someone fix that ?

All these idiots fighting for C-tran…and don’t see that we are better off w/o it. Do you see Fayette and Henry fighting for a bus system? So why the hell are we?

FAYETTEVILLE IS A MODEL COMMUNITY…tHEY WERE RANKED AMONGST THE BEST PLACES TO LIVE IN ALL OF THE UNITED STATES……..LETS FOLLOW THEIR MODEL….DOES THAT NOT MAKE SENSE?

CLYCO

June 10th, 2010
6:00 pm

I agree…..Fayetteville is beautiful…..LOW crime rate…EXCELLENT schools…..wonderful homes, clean streets……How is it that a county so close to us geographically can be so different from us economically ?

To all the commisioner that are in office…if u are reading this:

YOU ALL MAKE ME SICK……ITS A DISGRACE, WHAT THIS COUNTY HAS BECOME AND ITS EMBARRASSING TO SAY I LIVE IN CC……..GET A CLUE AND QUIT BEFORE THE CITIZENS RIOT OUT OF FRUSTRATION AND DESPERATION !!!!!

CLYCO

June 10th, 2010
6:03 pm

@THEGRIMREAPER I think you are Dabouze Antoine. Edmonson has the luxury of chairing a distriuct that is self sufficient…therfore he doesn’t have to do much….jsut don’t fix whats not broken…..its the remainder of Clayton that needs real change.

Dabouze…you need to think progressively…..don’t extend Claytons legacy as a ghetto, baby momma, low rent, county………..that democrat Jesse JAckson mantra is a FAILURE everytime its followed.

BnB

June 10th, 2010
6:58 pm

Duped – not a good argument. The last 2 BOEs that were in trouble were all Democrats and 90% black. Half were Trotter people, and with all that commonality – they still could not get along. Why – because they were only thinking of and out for themselves, not the students.

BusyBod – Why shouldn’t Edmunson try to find more dirt on Lee Scott, it was Lee that photo-shopped a picture to show Edmunson in a 4th of July parade in Jonesboro with a FAKE rebel flag in the background. You gotta fight fire with fire – and now he has two Scotts to go against. Go Michael!! Even tho – the Scotts left plenty of dirt an themselves the past 6 years, all you gotta do is pay attention.

Beside – if you really want to find a bit out about Lee Scott, find out why he left the N.E. US (legal issues?) to come to Clayton – which he said was the most racist place on earth. Lee has been known to threaten with the use of a gun – those people who dare stand up to him. Lee has to be taught – that mob style tactics may work where he came from up north – but that don’t wash down here.

Waiting To Exhale

June 10th, 2010
7:19 pm

agree…..
I don’t belive that the commissioners have done anything good for OUR county.
THEY ALL NEED TO GO!!! THEY ALL NEED TO GO!!

ConservativeToo!

June 10th, 2010
11:07 pm

VOTE OUT ALL INCUMBANTS!

BnB bought the party line

June 10th, 2010
11:17 pm

Sorry BnB half the last board was not Trotter people. The majority voting block during the entire SACS controversy was comprised of members of GAE.

The land deal that costs taxpayers millions; passed by a majority GAE board.

The disaster that was Barbara Pulliam; brought in by a majority GAE board.

The board members who brought SACS into the mess in the first place were Ericka Davis and Rod Johnson, both GAE members.

But thank God no one from MACE is on the new and improved board, because with their great leadership Clayton County schools are the envy of the nation!

Not this time

June 11th, 2010
1:35 am

Don’t forget about Valencia Seay………she has been re-elected for 8 yrs and the county continues to get worse. The State Senate candidate from Fayetteville will get my vote this election!

Not this Time!

June 11th, 2010
1:39 am

Don’t forget about Valencia Seay! She has been re-elected for 8 yrs and Clayton County keeps getting worse each year. I’m voting for the candidate from Fayetteville to replace her. All Clayton County Incumbents must go!

Not This Time

June 11th, 2010
2:02 am

VOTE OUT ALL INCUMBENTS!!

Focus Group

June 11th, 2010
7:54 am

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19&41

June 11th, 2010
8:47 am

Do NOT under any circumstances, allow any SCOTT to be elected to the county commission! They will make you regret that mistake every day they have to play with the county government and every time the media reminds you that you flushed your votes down the tubes! THINK before you vote, REMEMBER before you vote!

Morning Papers

June 11th, 2010
9:08 am

Jesse Goree and Bivins are MACE members. Puppets of the Trotter man!!

ConservativeToo!

June 11th, 2010
10:28 am

MP stop your lies! Bivins isn’t with Trotter, try Goree, King, and Garrett instead. Why, they all vote lock-step together.

And if I were a betting man, I would put a magnifying glass on blondy too!

Not this time!

June 11th, 2010
11:38 am

@19&41 – Don’t forget about Valencia Seay, Darryl Jordan, Roberta Abdul-Salaam, and Victor Hill! They all are part of the reason why Clayton County has suffered over the last 8-10 years. Seay had been re-elected four times and the county continues to get worse every year. People need to remember that Seay is Hill’s long-time mentor and practically handed him her State House Seat in 2002. What if she hands him her State Senate seat and he returns to power over Fayette and Clayton county?

My Senate vote goes to the candidate from Fayetteville, Travis Spruill. He is a military veteran, has business expertise, and did I mention he is not from Clayton County!!!!

Pregressive Too!

June 11th, 2010
1:01 pm

cc resident saysThe Superintendent of Dekalb county is indicted….we loose accreditation for not keeping meeting minutes…….Its not racism…..because Dekalb is as black as black gets…so what gives ? WHY cc…WHY? No! cc resident North Dekalb is lily white and affluent. It amazing how these folks at SASC are holding Clayton’s accreditation for nothing. Very poor black leadership in Clayton. Sellouts!

Truth

June 11th, 2010
1:05 pm

Outside influence = Rich Lake Spivey crowd.

Thanks new school board

June 11th, 2010
1:15 pm

I’m glad the majority of the board is made up of non MACE members. There leadership now that MACE is gone has been astounding.

This new board, since it has the votes to not let MACE members influence it, has quickly made Clayton County schools a world class school system that is the envy of the nation. Their choice of Heatley has been so inspired. One only hopes, that in the current economic client, the board has the courage to make Heatley the nation’s first million dollar a year superintendent, to make sure he retires in Clayton. Heatley is that good.

It also would be appropriate to increase the board chair and co-chair’s salaries to $100,000 a year, so that they are encouraged to stay. No doubt top notch talent like the chair and co-chair are actively being recruited by educational organizations all across the country, and possibly even the Obama administration. They are that good.

In fact Heatley and this new board are so good, and so inspiring, that it is reportedly a common occurrence that when visitors walk into a Clayton County school, they mistakenly think they are in a prestigious private school, and not just a regular public school.

It took a few months, but now we see the proof. Once MACE was gone, Clayton County schools became not only the best schools in Georgia, but quite possible the best schools in the nation.

Daryl

June 11th, 2010
2:06 pm

I can’t stop laughing…

Somebody on the forum actually had the gall to defend Lee Scott and his nitwit wife?!? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! That made my day..!I don’t know he could even write that without falling over the computer terminal laughing….Thanks very much for give me a side splitting moment…

On the other hand, if you are actually serious, we got some major problems in this county (Well, we all already know that…). I pray you were joking as nobody needs to dig dirt on the Scotts…They create their own Hall of Shame daily…

BnB

June 11th, 2010
4:21 pm

Sorry that you do not know your history – but on the first BOE that got us in trouble with SACS – 6 of the 9 were Trotter people – mpst as members of MACE. the second BOE group had 4 Trotter sympathisers and Noreese was the CEO of MACE – under Trotter’s thumb. Wow – how mis-informed can you be.

BnB

June 11th, 2010
4:34 pm

quit being silly – the BOE is not outstanding – but they are doing a hell of a lot better than the 2 previous Trotter influenced BOEs. Keep MACE out . .
We still have 3 people on the board that SACS eluded to in their report, tho not by name. King – the only reason he is there is to try to save face over his ethics violation, Goree just likes to hear herself talk, and Garrett doesn’t come to meetings and when she does – cannot keep up.

See Thur

June 11th, 2010
5:58 pm

“Thanks new school board”, if they’re that good, why we still don’t have full acreditation? Reason, they’re worthless!

5 of 9 BnB

June 11th, 2010
7:26 pm

Ericka Davis-Chair
Rod Johnson-Vice Chair
Eddie White-
David Ashe
Yolanda Everett

All members of GAE.

5 out of 9. That’s a majority

Keep on blaming MACE for the problems; glad the new world class school system is working out so well for you.

And if Marky Mark is so sure Dr. Trotter and MACE is the problem, why won’t he mention them by name? Dr. Trotter sure doesn’t have any problem mentioning Marky Mark by name or meeting him any time or any place for a formal debate.

But if you think it’s ok that an unelected and unaccountable to voters head of a private organization can destroy property values with the stroke of a pen, keep on arguing for the Clayton County schools that you are currently getting-world class, first class, and head of the class, the envy of the nation.

Glad it’s working out for you.

pittbull

June 11th, 2010
7:30 pm

Truth
(((Outside influence = Rich Lake Spivey crowd.)))

Don’t be jealous of those that have, because you are a failure.

The Insider

June 11th, 2010
9:51 pm

I got news for y’all. The reason SACS and Elgart messed w/ Clayco is b/c Elgart and the two Guvner’s Liaisons from the State Board felt disrespected by the previous board, so it was the perfect time to exact their pound of flesh from the old board, get their revenge, make an example of the Clayco Board, push their agenda, try to make a whole lotta $$$ for AdvancED (parent co. of SACS) by tripling their membership across country. Clayco folks don’t pay no attention, look at how many voted even after accreditation was lost! But DeKalb – bigger, stronger, wealthier – don’t mess with them.

I got more news for you – this board is worse behind the scenes than the old one. They may have acted more like clowns in public for show, but this board – they do it behind the scenes – except for maybe Gorree. Don’t be fooled – this board ain’t no betta!

RetiredLawOfficer

June 11th, 2010
11:34 pm

Please! All of the candidates in the District 4 race leave much to be desired, but that is the race to watch this year. Do NOT vote any Scott’s into any office ever!

VOTE OUT ALL INCUMBANTS!

Pittbull

June 12th, 2010
7:02 am

Speaking of Goree! Looks like she is in trouble again. Micromanaging. One of the MACE crew.

Resolute

June 12th, 2010
9:36 am

BusyBod – anyone has the right to attend court proceedings. Surprised you would want to complain about someone’s civil rights and their exercising of those rights. Apparently the local and metro news outlets are not doing their jobs on vetting our public officials ongoing issues. Are you listening – AJC and News-Daily. The citizens who are deciding on their votes should know the character of those running or office. Since Clayton has a large transient contingent – they do not know the history behind Lee Scott and his puppet wife Jewel Scott. Besides if you were are court – can you tell me why Lee was in a wheelchair, out for sympathy from the court , I guess. Is it true that the campaign pictures of Lee are from when he was half the age and half the weight that he is now. Come on Lee, man up for once and be honest and truthful with these “dumb, poor, black” southerners you so revile and have repeatedly spoken of.

The Scotts are at it again – first only having campaign signs with no first name on them – to save LEE money of course, them placing them illegally throughout the county, along with moving/removing their opponents signs.

Black Rain

June 12th, 2010
9:41 am

Goree has admitted making a mistake in this instance, she has also said she would not fight censure. I believe her and feel this was an honest mistake that just crossed the line. She understands and the BOE has learned from this experience. Let’s move forward. And Goree is not a Mace supporter.

gbesmama

June 12th, 2010
1:19 pm

Goree is always putting her nose where it don’t belong now she’s getting censured. Next up is Garrett so the Trotter
trifecta will be complete.

VOTE OUT ALL INCUMBENTS!

Ghebasma

June 12th, 2010
9:16 pm

To whomever you are. If you are going to pretend to be me. Please at least get the name right. Also I DON’T believe that we should QUOTE( “VOTE OUT ALL INCUMBENTS!”) UNQUOTE. I plan on voting for Edmunson and anybody else that will keep Jewel and her hubby, or Victor Hill out of office. We as taxpayers will be paying for what they have cost this County for many, many years.. I say. DON’T VOTE FOR ANYBODY THAT HAS CAUSED SOMEBODY TO SUE THE COUNTY. Thus costing the County MILLIONS of dollars. Which we the tax paying, Home owning , Productive residents of Clayton County have to foot the bill.
I Am Ghebasma and I approve this message. Thank you.

Leon

June 12th, 2010
10:14 pm

Commissioner S.S (Joke Laugh)!!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Shame on you!!

Truth Be Told

June 13th, 2010
1:56 pm

The honest “Truth” about the majority of Clayton’s voters is they “Will” vote for the candidates with the Biggest, Brighest, Eye Cathing literture and signs.

FISHY

June 13th, 2010
3:58 pm

SACS talks about making improvements! I thought Clayton Lost accreditation because the old final four wouldn’t step down. What the problem now? Question? Why don’t we have “Full accredtation? Somethings Fishy!

STRONG BLACK MAN

June 13th, 2010
4:07 pm

No, cc resident! North Dekalb is lily white and affluent. It amazing how these folks at SASC are holding Clayton’s accreditation for nothing. Very poor black leadership in Clayton. DEMAND FULL ACCREDITATION IMMEDIATELY!

TheHiredHelp

June 13th, 2010
9:31 pm

Why oh why are we suffering the continual loss of our full accrediation? Why? Because of an inept Board. Now, another member is being censured and more ethics violations. When oh when will it all end. At least SACS thought Supt. Healey is doing a good job.

STRONG WHITE MAN

June 14th, 2010
8:04 am

DEMAND AND YOU WILL BE LAUGHED AT! You have no control of SACS. sorry1

Blast from Past

June 14th, 2010
1:19 pm

Sorry – BlackRain – you are gullible. Ms Goree has an agenda. Maybe she learned it from her association to the Great Mr. Trotter. She appears to be trying to influence the upcoming BOE races. Buyers beware, This is not an isolated event. Is anyone in this county, that is in a political position, not out to rule the roost? Can’t we all just get along, or was the statements to the effect of we are here for the children, just a bunch of empty lies. Jessie?? Trinia?? Michael??

mano a mano

June 14th, 2010
4:41 pm

Gail Davenport and Lee Scott – sitting in a tree – pol-i-tic-ing – can’t you see. Stranger bedfellows (politically speaking) have been known. Now if you see a Scott sign in someone’s yard it is likely to be accompanied by one from Davenport. Birds of a feather, flock together. Where is the rest home for defeated politicos? Sent these guys a map.

Political Spectator

June 23rd, 2010
8:48 am

@Meet the Boss: Our problem is that citizens, school employees nor the board itself understands the functions of a school board. The board has primarily 3 functions: Hire/evaluate a Superintendent, Set Policy, and maintain the budget. THAT IS IT!!!!!! For all you who want them to take care of discipline in the classroom, set an administrator straight, hire a friend or family member, you are encouraging the board members to intefere in the day to day operations of the school system.

Again, the three functions are HIRE/EVALUATE a superintendent, set board policy and maintain the budget. Anything else, the citizens should ask for resignations- starting with GOREE!!!!!