Kathy Cox resigns to lead Washington-based nonprofit. What next for state DOE?

UPDATED 3:25 p.m.: Flanked by state board of education members and Department of Education colleagues a tearful State Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox announced she was resigning her position effective June 30 to become CEO of a new education nonprofit based in Washington, D.C.

Cox will lead a staff of about a dozen people at the U.S. Education Delivery Institute, which will advise states on reform strategies. Cox said she was approached about the job. She and her family are leaving the state for her new post.

Saying that she is taking eight years of what she learned “turning this big ship around,” Cox said her two terms leading the 1,000-person DOE taught her about what works in improving student achievement. She considers the development and adoption of Georgia’s new performance standards her major achievement while in office.

Cox praised the state school board for always asking whether a new policy or program was for the betterment of students and for supporting it 100 percent if it was. She thanked her husband, John, who was by her side, and her sons for the sacrifices they had to endure for her very public job. (While both boys were at school, Cox said for the benefit of her 16-year-old son, “Yes, Alex, it’s okay to talk about it now.”

(As she teared up and sought a tissue, her husband pulled a paper napkin out of his pocket and joked, “I stole a napkin the last time I was at the governor’s mansion.”)

Cox did not know who Gov. Sonny Perdue would appoint to finish out her term, which ends in December. (Speculation in the audience was his former adviser Jennifer Rippner, his current policy director Erin Hames or the head of his Office of Student Achievement Kathleen Mathers. I think he will go with a caretaker from the DOE executive staff, such as the much respected Martha Reichrath.)

In a statement, the governor said, “Superintendent Cox has been a passionate advocate for Georgia’s students, committed to improving achievement for every child. She pushed strongly for a more rigorous curriculum, which is preparing our students to compete on the global stage. While we will miss her here in Georgia, I share her excitement in this new opportunity.”

Cox’s resignation throws the race for superintendent wide open as she was the front-runner. It elevates the chances of former chairman of the Atlanta school board Joe Martin, a Democrat who has announced he is running and who has run for this office before and thus has some statewide recognition.

There were three Democrats and two Republicans challenging her.

The Republicans are John Barge, a Rome education administrator, and Richard Woods, a teacher from Tifton. In addition to Martin, the Democrats in the race are Beth Farokhi, a Cobb County educator, and Brian Westlake, a  Gwinnett social studies teacher.

Asked if she would endorse anyone in the race now, she said, “No, remember they were all  running against me.”

One of the questions now is what this does to Georgia’s new controversial math curriculum, which was championed by Cox but which has met with widespread criticism. This may also undermine Georgia’s Race to the Top re-application because Cox was an integral part of that.  Her re-election promised continuity of programs. She played down the impact of her departure on the RTTT application, saying that the state’s application was not about personalities but policies.

But will a new governor and superintendent maintain the same policies?

Cox believes the policies will continue, noting the state’s success in raising its graduation rate. She credited teachers and administrators, saying, “I mean it when I say you are literally the best. You have done an incredible amount of work in a short time to say all kids {can learn} and mean all kids.”

She recalled her Peachtree City classroom in 1998 when her social studies students dared her to act on her contention that a regular person could run for office, stay in office,  serve with dignity and avoid scandalous headlines. “I am going to say it,” she said, directing the comment to her former high school students. “I told you so. It can be done.” Cox served two terms in the House before running and winning state school superintendent.

She took over a ravaged DOE. During the tenure of  her GOP predecessor Linda Schrenko, the education department became politicized, polarized and ultimately plundered. Schrenko ended up in prison for embezzling education dollars for, among other things, a face lift. When Cox arrived at the DOE, she found a demoralized and depleted agency.

Not everyone liked Cox’s policies, but I believe she never wavered from her commitment to improving the state’s schools. She rebuilt the DOE from the mess that Schrenko left behind.  I think Kathy Cox can be proud of her legacy to the state and to its students.

Here is the official release. I will add more details from Cox’s press conference soon:

Georgia’s State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox will leave her post to become chief executive officer of the U.S. Education Delivery Institute, it was announced today.

Launched by Achieve and The Education Trust, with a major pro bono contribution by McKinsey & Co., EDI is a non-profit dedicated to building the capacity in state public education systems to implement school reform effectively. This new organization will adapt and apply practices developed in the United Kingdom by the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit. EDI will help K-12 and higher education systems connect the dots between state policies and the schools and teachers that must implement them to ensure that they have their intended benefit: dramatically improved student outcomes.

“We must seize the opportunity provided by the emerging national agenda to enable states to deliver outstanding results. Employing the delivery approach pioneered in the United Kingdom under Tony Blair and since adopted in a number of other countries can return lasting benefits, from decreased crime rates to improvements in student literacy,” said Barber. “EDI will tailor this approach to the challenge of delivering improved student outcomes in U.S. public education. Kathy Cox is the ideal person to lead this new organization and bring this approach to the U.S. She is an inspirational leader with an outstanding track record of delivering results for students in Georgia. In short, she brings both the rigor and experience for EDI to succeed. I look forward to working with her.”

Since 2003, Cox has made significant strides in pointing Georgia ’s young people toward excellence. Under her leadership as superintendent, the state has seen unprecedented achievement gains: Georgia students are scoring at or above the national average on reading and writing tests and have shown significant improvement on math tests . During her tenure, the state’s high school graduation rate also reached an all-time high, improving by 15 percentage points.

Cox was a classroom teacher for 15 years and served two terms in the state legislature before being elected to Georgia’s highest educational post. She will take the helm of EDI on July 1.

I am thrilled to join Sir Michael, the Education Trust and Achieve in launching the U.S. Education Delivery Institute,” said Cox. ”This organization won’t be another think tank, but rather the fuel to inject action in state and local efforts to improve student achievement across our country. The performance management methods collectively known as ‘Delivery’ provide the critical implementation link between system reform and classroom improvement, and thus greater student outcomes.”

EDI will focus on providing states poised to make bold changes—as evidenced by a competitive application in the federal “Race to the Top” grant competition—with the tools to translate intent at the state level into results at the student level. This work is already underway in Louisiana and Tennessee. In addition, nine public higher education systems are working with EDI to support efforts to halve—by 2015—the college-going and college-completion gaps for their low-income and minority students.

For Louisiana superintendent Paul Pastorek, it wasn’t enough to declare that 80 percent of the state’s high school students would graduate within five years. “We needed clear strategies and management techniques to accomplish this goal,” he said. “EDI has helped us focus action within our state agency to bring real impact to students.”

“States throughout the country have raised expectations for students through more rigorous standards, courses, and assessments,” said Mike Cohen, president of Achieve. “EDI will fill a unique and wholly necessary niche in American education reform by helping state education systems deliver best-in-class implementation to match their aspirations. Kathy Cox will be superb in leading this new organization forward.”

“The distance between state capitals and the classrooms that policymakers care about is littered with half measures, good intentions, and unfulfilled promises. EDI will help bridge that distance and ensure that students actually benefit from improved policy,” said Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust. “It’s the right initiative at the right time, and there’s no one better to lead it than Kathy, who time and again has delivered for the kids of Georgia.”

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john konop

May 17th, 2010
10:22 am

Hopefully Kathy Cox is putting in her resignation. I also got this e-mail about Kathy Cox cheating on her results. No wonder we have a statewide scandal! Why has the AJC not reported this?

Are We Really “Leading the Nation in Improving Student Achievement?”

Over the past few days, Georgia State School Superintendent Kathy Cox has spent considerable time on the airwaves touting the successes of Georgia high school juniors’ success on the science portion of the Georgia High School Graduation Test. “For the first time in history 90% of juniors passed the science portion of the GHSGT. That has been one of my goals since coming into office in 2003,” said Cox.

While these numbers may be reflective of numbers on this test, they are an inaccurate and inappropriate description of the reality. Give me a couple of minutes to explain to you what I see as a real problem with the current direction of education in Georgia. This direction is not coming from the local school districts; this direction is coming from the State Department of Education in Atlanta.

90% of juniors would not have passed the GHSGT in science had the State not lowered the cut score. The cut score is the number of questions that must be answered correctly in order to achieve a “passing” score on the test. These tests are not graded in the traditional manner of As and Bs and so forth.

In 2008, students had to answer 47 questions out of 70 (67%) correctly in order to pass the GHSGT science exam. In 2010, that number dropped to 34 correct responses out of 70 (48.5%). Well, that’s one way to raise pass rates, lower the standard for passing!

In fact, across the board in each content area, with the exception of social studies which was low to begin with, the Georgia Department of Education has lowered the standard to pass. See chart
below:

Subject 2008 Cut Score 2010 Cut Score

English/Language Arts 34 correct responses out of 55 questions – 61.8%
31 correct responses out of 55 questions – 56.3%

Math 37 correct responses out of 65 questions — 57% 35 correct responses out of 65 questions – 53.8%

Science 47 correct responses out of 70 questions — 67% (GPS/QCC based)
34 correct responses out of 70 questions — 48.5%

Social Studies 39 correct responses out of 80 questions — 49% 40 correct responses out of 80 questions — 50%

We cannot continue to manipulate the numbers and proclaim that we are doing better! It is time that the State Department of Education improved the quality of education in Georgia, instead of improving the quality of our political spin.

high school teacher

May 17th, 2010
10:28 am

We are anxiously awaiting EOCT scores. Maybe they aren’t counting Math I (or Math II) again this year. Maybe they are going back to traditional math. One can dream…

high school teacher

May 17th, 2010
10:29 am

Maureen, is this going to be televised? I might break the rules and turn on the tv during class for this huge announcement.

BTW – I am on planning…

Maureen Downey

May 17th, 2010
10:31 am

@high school teacher, It will not be televised live, but I am sure TV stations will be there and air it later.

Teaching in FL is worse

May 17th, 2010
10:36 am

I have been very skeptical about the high amount of my students that have passed CRCT. As horrible as that sounds, many of my special education students have struggled this year (as in years past) and we were suprised at how well they did.

I suspect the scores are inflated and will be used in a twisted political way. (wow, look how much money we would have made if merit pay was in place……that sorta thing!)

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j rev

May 17th, 2010
10:42 am

Is she announcing that all austerity cuts during her administration will be reinstated?

younger_teacher

May 17th, 2010
10:43 am

Maybe it will be an announcement about giving our jobs back. I would like mine back!

Plato

May 17th, 2010
10:49 am

Maybe she’s announcing the schools they have determined cheated on the tests. BTW why are the minority schools always the ones involved in cheating? Is it a cultural thing?

Juan Carlos Diego Raul Sanchez

May 17th, 2010
10:49 am

lazy a** teachers keep sucking the gov teat…in the private sector these leaches would be held accountable…

Attentive Parent

May 17th, 2010
10:50 am

Here’s the link to the Georgia portion of the February 2009 report “The Accountability Illusion”.

http://edexcellence.net/accountability_illusion/Georgia.pdf

It notes that Georgia’s proficiency standards, those cut scores John Konop described, are relatively easy, compared to other states.

In fact it notes specifically that most are set below the 25th percentile.

The link also notes that in the 2007 report “The Proficiency Illusion” that Georgia’s “definitions of proficiency ranked below the standards set by the other 25 states examined in that study”.

What a notorious record of academic misrepresentation this amounts to.

And she wants four more years to play games with childrens’ lives?

DigALittleDeeper

May 17th, 2010
10:51 am

I’m hoping it’s about her resignation. We need someone who is willing to stand up to our next governor and his cronies; not a do as you are told official.

Guy at TEACH

May 17th, 2010
10:53 am

Kathy Cox needs to reform the school system now. Hire a smarter person from Massachuessets or a good school system.

Hire somebody from out of state, whose’s young and can change the state’s school system quickly. Hire a young person’s who’s about 33.

Maureen Downey

May 17th, 2010
10:53 am

@Plato, I don’t think that announcement would come from Cox; it would come from the governor and his Office of Student Achievement. Unless they will also be there, but I think they would held the press conference as the test audit is their project, not DOE’s.

brad

May 17th, 2010
11:02 am

I feel sorry for teachers who have lost their jobs. But the same thing has happened in the rest of the job market as well. The days of the the funding levels of the past are gone, at least for a while.

johnny

May 17th, 2010
11:03 am

Juan Carlos Diego Raul Sanchez is actually a bald polish man.

Smith

May 17th, 2010
11:04 am

I hope she is announcing that she is rehiring all of the teachers that were laid off. Especially since I am one of them. :(

john konop

May 17th, 2010
11:05 am

Brad NOT FOR KATHY COX!!!!!

FROM JOHN BARGE

Across the state teachers are being laid-off. Just this month in Bartow County, where I currently serve as the director of secondary curriculum, we have lost approximately 115 positions. This is in response to budget cuts from the State. The same story has been repeated all over the state in school district after school district.

As students across the state face overcrowded classrooms next year, the State Department of Education has increased employees working in its headquarters from 411 to 513, nearly 25%, since 2006! While we are all facing tough times in this economic down turn, Superintendent Kathy Cox is spending hard-earned, tax payer money growing her staff and the bureaucracy in Atlanta when it could be going to schools.

As the State of Georgia was facing massive lay-offs for teachers, on January 20, 2010, Superintendent Kathy Cox made a presentation to the Joint House and Senate Appropriations Committee describing the cuts in her budget from the state and the increased use of federal funds to expand personnel at GADOE. In this presentation, you can see that 42% of the staff at GADOE in 2006 was funded by federal funds. This year that number has grown to 56%. This money could have been used for teachers in the classroom instead of feeding more bureaucrats into Kathy Cox’s non-essential massive budget.

I pledge, as you next State School Superintendent, that I will immediately begin cutting the layers of bureaucracy that keep money from flowing to the school districts in Georgia. I will set a new tone for our state by focusing the budget on students and teachers first.

@high school teacher

May 17th, 2010
11:07 am

I can’t wait to see those EOCT results either. Let’s go back to Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Advanced Algebra & Trig. and calculus like almost all the other schools in the U.S.

Socrates

May 17th, 2010
11:12 am

Yesterday in the AJC once again we read about potential budget cuts for HOPE and again for college students. Yet the chart shows that roughly one third of HOPE money goes to fund the pre -k program.
1. Has the Pre-k program taken any hits from the HOPE money?
2. What has Pre-k accomplished, we still have awful test scores, high dropout rates and High school graduates that can’t read or write.
3. Who monitors the Pre-k programs, sure we know who is supposed to, but how rigorously do they look at it? Maybe it’s like Title 1 schools were no one really wants to check eligibiilty because it would cut off a huge funding source. (in a nutshell Title 1 funds are determined by the number of students who get free lunch, how do you get free lunch -say your income is low-who checks -almost never checked-)
4. Throw this out there-Isn’t the Pre-K program in many places -especially private Pre-k’s no more than subsidized day care?
5.Lets see some statistical evidence that the billions of dollars spent on pre-k has actually accomplished anything.
6.Perhaps it’s time to do away with the pre-k funding and concentrate on the college students.

Cere

May 17th, 2010
11:15 am

Maybe she’s going to announce that she found out she’s actually smarter than a 6th grader!

Attentive Parent

May 17th, 2010
11:17 am

Here’s another national publication from a few months ago commenting on how low Georgia sets its proficiency standards:

“Georgia sets its bar pretty low- so low that barely literate students can score high enough to be deemed proficient”

http://www.city-journal.org/2010/20_1_state-educational-testing.html

How many parents will get reading help for a child they have been told is proficient?

In order to make herself and Georgia look better than the actual facts merit, we have cut scores that misrepresent where Georgia students actually are. We are pretending that real deficits in knowledge and skills are not present until there’s no longer any time for remediation.

As these links show, apparently Georgia is infamous for its low proficiency standards everywhere but here. Businesses looking to relocate will thus be responding to hard data about Georgia education that’s largely not being discussed in this state.

We cannot fix education problems if we refuse to acknowledge they exist.

DanWoods

May 17th, 2010
11:22 am

I think Cox is going to brag about the money we took from public education this year, so we could give more money to private schools. Private schools did good this session, no recession for them .

I think Cox is going to voice her support for the millions upon millions of new state tax cuts because we just don’t need the education dollars.

john konop, the Republican politicians in this state are the ones that have stopped the money from flowing. What do you plan on doing about that? Bartow and all the other counties are doing what has been mandated by our state government. The tone has already been set.

Just Saying...

May 17th, 2010
11:23 am

@Plato

Nope, the majority is just better at not getting caught.

norman bates

May 17th, 2010
11:24 am

Jerk our 9th/10th grade children back again to the traditional math classes? Phase the traditional math classes back in beginning with this year’s 8th grade students. Our 9th/10th grade kids,including my 10th grade daughter, are being done wrong regardless of any course changes.

Metric

May 17th, 2010
11:28 am

GA–some of the worst schools in the country, with incompetent, overpaid staff “officials” and a bunch of morons on these hundreds of school boards, wasting money. The state system is a joke–but no one takes any responsibility.

catlady

May 17th, 2010
11:32 am

You don’t think it will be a bout RTTT do you!

michael

May 17th, 2010
11:32 am

Socrates, you have no clue what you are talking about. My wife is a pre-k teacher, and has taught in elementary schools before that. The “state” comes and checks on them also. She says that it is harder to pass her pre-k state requirements than when she worked in elementary school. They have even more stupid bureaucratic “hoops” to jump through. As far as it being day care, yes, a majority of parents do view it that way. The thing is if you integrate kids into a classroom in pre-k, then kindergarten does not have as much of that problem and can focus more on actual teaching. If you don’t do any type of pre-k or structured program, then more of kindergarten is just getting kids use to being in a room. There is some benefit for it. If what you are looking for is an “advantage to society” then you can get that even looking at it as daycare. 3 employees watch 20 or so kids. Thats 20 moms (mostly) that can now go work. Not all of them do obviously. Regardless, say have go work. Thats (20/2)-3. So overall economy gains 7 workers. Your response will probably be that private businesses can also offer this service instead of subsidizing it. That is true, but the government subsidizing just about any other cause/ industry/ demographic that you can think of also. Why not subsidize/ regulate pre-k. It is part day care and part eduction. We spend money on a lot less noble/ worthy causes than that already.

LSH

May 17th, 2010
11:33 am

Major? Really—- MAJOR? Who thinks that this is going to be a major announcement? What could she possible say that would be major that would not include an announcment from either the state or the federal government ( who would want to make the announement themselves to toot their own horn?) Cox may have some sort of announcment- but I highly doubt it would classify as MAJOR.

michael

May 17th, 2010
11:34 am

Black Girl

May 17th, 2010
11:39 am

My daughter came home Friday and informed me that her Fulton County school is forcing all juniors to take a SAT Prep course as an actual class next year. At first sight it may “sound” like a good idea, but what about the kids that have no desire to go to college. What a waste of taxpayers money.

Juan Carlos Diego Raul Sanchez

May 17th, 2010
11:41 am

Johnny is sitting in the teacher’s lounge surfing the net for Malaysian teens…and about to set up auto draft for his teacher union dues…

God Bless the Teacher!

May 17th, 2010
11:42 am

Whatever she yammers about, I’m sure it’ll have a sugar coating so thick my teeth will fall out and I’ll have to clean up my regurgitation from hearing it!

God Bless the Teacher!

May 17th, 2010
11:42 am

P.S. I’m at lunch, in case any naysayers want to gripe about something.

clueless

May 17th, 2010
12:02 pm

Wonder if CNN will carry it?

Matt

May 17th, 2010
12:08 pm

FROM INSIDER ADVANTAGE GEORGIA

Source: Kathy Cox Dropping Re-Election Bid For School Superintendent

1st Update at 12:02 p.m. adds context. New material highlighted.

(5/17/10) An extremely reliable source is telling Insider this morning state School Superintendent Kathy Cox plans to drop her re-election bid and will take a job in DC, instead.

We don’t have a second source on this yet, but this comes from a well-plugged-in source who has never steered us wrong.

We do know that the school superintendent’s press officer sent out an e-mail this morning, notifying the press of a “major education announcement” by Cox at a 1 p.m. news conference.

Cox, a Republican, was facing a primary challenge from John D. Barge and Richard Woods. The winner would have faced the survivor of a three-way battle for the Democratic nomination between Beth Farokhi, Joe Martin and Brian Westlake.

Top Republican officials have consistently been concerned about Cox’s campaigns, viewing them as slap-dash and underfunded. Further concerns were raised when the state school superintendent and her husband, John Cox, filed for bankruptcy protection last year, with much of their $3.5 million debt related to John Cox’s home-building business in Fayette County.

Only a few months earlier, Kathy Cox won $1 million from the Fox quiz show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” She promised to send the cash to state-run schools for the blind and deaf. Creditors ahave been seeking the money in court.

Johnny Still Can't Read

May 17th, 2010
12:11 pm

I have an idea: Why not just wait until after the press conference?

Atlanta Media Guy

May 17th, 2010
12:12 pm

Mr. Konop, I very astute look at the numbers. Yes we should hold the state accountable at all levels for success. But we also need to hold our local school boards to the same standards. During the “excessive funds available” years here in DeKalb, our BOE basically gave Crawford Lewis a blank check to spend on programs not needed. The more important thing DCSS did not save some of that money for the future. Now they have been forced to make even worse decisions.

Test scores are very important, but it seems to me with DCSS killing any support for the classrooms that effect the kids while not addressing the incredible amount of middle management, our teachers have been buried and spend too much time on forms and other stupid busy work as well as losing planning time, while our kids continue to suffer.

I hold the local guys accountable first, mainly because the DCSS lost the Public Trust and will never regain it until wholesale changes are made. I went to our State Board Rep. He said,” he has given up on the DeKalb.” His direct quote! He has tried to give DCSS a chance through his dealings with our former Superintendent and rebuffed time and time again.

I believe it’s time to get Federal and State government out of educating our children. If they want to provide some funding for our systems, fine! However, when they attach mandates like NCLB, what Obama Admin. has planned for High School kids, and what states ask for from their local systems, it becomes incredibly impossible for any administrator to keep everyone happy.

It’s time for local accountability. Time for DeKalb to regain the public trust and it’s time for Kathy Cox to provide some good news, like funding for TEACHERS and a clean facility that our kids can learn in! Not central office staff, not $2000 chairs or ridiculous America’s Choice Programs and the like, that have no bearing whatsoever in the education of our children!

It’s time for a change in education!

Ben

May 17th, 2010
12:15 pm

Maybe the state is not going to furlough any more days…

Been around awhile

May 17th, 2010
12:18 pm

All of you high and mighty “northerners” who claim education is so superior in the northeast, I would say that more than half of the students who transfer to our schools in Georgia are way behind in most subjects. Your unions and lack of accountability have created a false sense of security. You want to know why “average” test scores are higher? It is becuase only the cream of the crop are given the opportunity to actually TAKE THE TEST! We require ALL students in Georgia to take standardized tests. YOU FILTER THE “INFERIOR” FOR YOUR OWN SELF GLORIFYING GOOD! If things are so “unequal” here, maybe you should have reconsidered the move. A**holes!

DigALittleDeeper

May 17th, 2010
12:25 pm

Good News – Kathy Cox is not running in GA. Bad News she’s going to work in Washington, DC (Education).

TEE

May 17th, 2010
12:33 pm

If you rank 50 states, wouldn’t someone always be in the middle – only 25 (should it be 24 to be the middle?) states below? If the state is 47th in achievement but 25th in setting the cut scores, what does that mean?

Fried chicken skin is greasy and delicious

May 17th, 2010
12:36 pm

Is qualifying still open? I thought it was over. Also, while Joe Martin is a good guy and all, he has less than no chance of being elected. No Democrat does.

Fried chicken skin is greasy and delicious

May 17th, 2010
12:38 pm

By the way, that’s not a “major education announcement,” it’s a political announcement.

chuck

May 17th, 2010
12:43 pm

Hasn’t Martin run for this office like 10 times?

JKK

May 17th, 2010
12:45 pm

Although there are things Kathy Cox did that I disagree, I am also not so excited about “yet another change” in the direction – I think we end up just keep circling around without going anywhere with so frequent changes at the top.

God Bless the Teacher!

May 17th, 2010
12:45 pm

Kathy Cox in DC?! Let’s see, Sonny heads up the governor’s group who developed the NCC. Now Kathy’s going to DC. Horror of horrors! She’s going to oversee the adoption and transition of the nation to the NCC (which is largely based on Georgia’s). Let the games begin!!

DeKalb Conservative

May 17th, 2010
1:11 pm

One of the questions now is what this does to Georgia’s new controversial math curriculum, which was championed by Cox but which has met with widespread criticism.

What is people’s obsession with creating new ways of teaching? My grandfather took Calc at a technical high school back in the 1940’s. This is pre computer and heck, pre electronic calculator.

John Q

May 17th, 2010
1:35 pm

I have a child in the pre-K program at Due West Academy in Kennesaw. They are way more than a day care. Our little girl has been taught so much more than we expected and is very prepared to enter elemeatary (K) in the fall. My wife and I have been very pleased with the staff at Due West Academy.
Check this out: the lottery funded pre-k teachers are not considered state employees when it comes to benefits like insurance, etc. Yet when the state mandated furlough days, guess who had to take a hit. Yep, the pre-k teachers and staff that make very little. The state refuses to offer them benefits and continues to treat them as contracted employees.

clueless

May 17th, 2010
1:59 pm

Too bad it’s June 30 instead of May 30.