Can districts provide too much information?

The Georgia Board of Education is considering an amendment that would require school districts to communicate more with parents and community members before seeking increased flexibility under a new law.

The policy change concerns Investing in Educational Excellence or “IE2″ which allows school districts to be exempt from state rules over class size, teacher pay and other areas. In exchange for this freedom, school districts must promise to boost student achievement.

Before school districts can apply for this status they must hold a public hearing. The state is considering adding more guidelines after parents and other community members complained they didn’t get enough notice or information from their districts.

Gwinnett and Forsyth counties are the only IE2 districts in the state, but more are expected in coming years.

The intent of this policy change is needed, but everyone will have their own ideas of what is needed.

How much information is enough? Can districts ever provide too much information?

5 comments Add your comment


July 8th, 2009
11:01 am

The last sentence of the linked article says it all: “Gwinnett schools officials did not comment.”

Seen it all

July 8th, 2009
11:08 am

No, districts cannot provide too much information. As it stands, most school districts are very secretive. Aside from providing personal information about its employees, public schools should be as transparent as possible. They have hid too much already.


July 8th, 2009
11:58 am

I think school systems should be very transparent since they are spending taxpayers dollars . I am in favor of even more transparency- like school systems posting check ledgers online.

I am hoping that IE2 goes away before too many school systems become exempt from the rules that actually benefit students.

Sycophants for Downey, unite!

July 8th, 2009
1:37 pm

So Sue Milsap thinks that anybody who disagrees with Maureen Downey is automatically a complacent, and by implication, poor teacher?

Never mind the constructive critiques made by reader after reader after reader on Downey’s articles. Perhaps if Milsap weren’t so complacent herself, she might have taken the time to analyze them, rather than dismiss them with no evidence to support why.

But rather than actually debate the merits of the arguments Downey makes, we are supposed to believe, according to Milsap, that the only validation needed to blindly follow anything that Downey says is that someone disagrees with it?

And this passes for critical thinking in the teaching profession?


July 8th, 2009
8:09 pm

First, why do school systems NEED to be exempt? If the State rules/requirements are so horrible that school systems are lining up to become exempt, shouldn’t the State change them?

Second, does this mean that there is no over sight at all over those exempt schools systems? There is already too much ‘under the table’ money with Boards of Education and too much unethical activity in school systems. I just cannot believe that the State will allow that to run amuck even more.

Lastely, please do not confuse administrative and political decisions with the teaching profession. We teachers are frequently at least as horrified as you at what goes on. Our role is to teach a classroom full of your children to the best of our ability with the tools supplied to us. We have ZERO input on decisions like these.