Another dismal chapter in DeKalb schools: Official sells his autobiography to schools under his supervision.

DeKalb school official Ralph Simpson made a serious mistake selling his autobiography to schools under his supervision.

DeKalb school official Ralph Simpson made a serious mistake selling his autobiography to schools under his supervision.

Sorry, but I think DeKalb school official Ralph Simpson needs to be fired for selling his autobiography to public schools under his supervision. If others in the chain of command that approved the purchases of  Simpson’s book for DeKalb C0unty schools is found to have faked signatures or lied about the fact that a colleague authored the book, they should also be fired.

Such self-serving acts undermine DeKalb’s argument that it does not have money for basics because of state cuts and falling property tax collections. I understand the amount spent on Simpson’s book was small, $12,560, but the purchase of the books creates legitimate doubts that anyone is minding the store in DeKalb.  Since federal dollars were used to buy the books, I hope the U.S. Department of Education also demands an inquiry.

Over my many years of writing about government, I have seen countless examples of government entities crying about their budget needs, yet allowing thousands of dollars to go out the window in sweetheart deals to enrich the commissioner or a department head or somebody’s cousin. It is amazing to me how often government officials will risk their reputation and the reputation of their agency for a few thousand dollars in personal gain.

The agencies counter that these dubious expenses are hardly sizable, but that is not the point. The point is that at a time when schools are pleading for more funds, they are allowing these sorts of insider deals. If taxpayers doubt that DeKalb leaders are good stewards of their money, then they will not believe any of the pleas for more money for schools. When you tell parents that you are thinking about closing their schools, as DeKalb has done, or that you don’t have enough money for field trips, you better not be wasting a single penny anywhere.

I have to credit DeKalb school leaders for acting on this conflict of interest once they discovered it, but I also have to ask how lax their ethics standards are that this sale was allowed to go through in the first place:

According to the AJC investigative story by Tim Eberly:

When DeKalb school official Ralph Simpson wrote a book about himself in 2007, he didn’t look far for a ready-made market to sell it.

He sold more than $12,560 worth of copies of the book — titled “From Remedial To Remarkable” — to five schools in the school district where he works, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. Two of the schools were under his direct supervision.

In the 70-page paperback, printed in large font generally reserved for children’s books, Simpson writes about his evolution from a high school student in remedial classes to an assistant superintendent with a doctorate degree.

Now Simpson and at least three other school officials are under investigation by the school district, which also is asking the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to review the matter. The commission has the power to investigate and discipline educators.

Simpson sold 605 copies of the book to the high school where he had recently served as principal.

On Thursday, the school district announced that it demoted Selina Carol Thedford, the principal who made the purchases, and is transferring her to another school as an assistant principal. Thedford succeeded Simpson as principal of Miller Grove High School in Lithonia.

The same day, interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson sent a letter to the Professional Standards Commission, saying that Thedford and one of her assistant principals, Latasha Searcy, might have violated the code of ethics for educators through their actions in the purchases.

The district has not yet decided whether it will discipline Simpson or others involved in the book purchases, said district Chief of Staff Alice Thompson.

Tyson also will recommend that the DeKalb school board create a new ethics policy that would prohibit using public funds to buy goods or services from district employees, Thompson said.

Simpson, 46, who has been employed by the school district since 1991, declined to comment on the book sales when reached by phone recently.

Neither Thedford nor Searcy returned phone messages seeking comment.

School officials first suggested tightening ethics policies last month when the AJC reported that school board member Jesse “Jay” Cunningham had sold at least $22,655 worth of food to DeKalb schools from two Lithonia restaurants he owned.

The revelations about book and food sales come as the DeKalb school district is trying to recover from the recent indictments of former Superintendent Crawford Lewis, former Chief Operating Officer Pat Reid and two others in connection with a construction program scandal.

Simpson published the book in July 2007 through a Christian publishing company in Stone Mountain.

“I felt compelled to write this book because I would like to share my story with others about how I was able to go from taking remedial courses in high school and college to remarkably completing the highest educational degree,” Simpson wrote in the book’s introduction. “I truly believe that I am just an ordinary person who has always attempted to do extraordinary things.”

School officials provided the AJC with records that show the purchase of 635 books at $16 apiece. Thedford, at Miller Grove, bought $9,680 worth of copies for students “in order to instill the value of an education in the 21st century,” documents show.

In doing so, Thedford “may have failed to prevent the circumvention of a school district purchasing policy,” according to Tyson’s letter.

Meanwhile, Searcy, the assistant principal, “failed to ensure the legitimacy of signatures” on documents that led others to approve the purchases, the letter stated.

At Glen Haven Elementary School, Principal Beverly L. Jackson bought 30 books for $480, according to the school district.

She declined to comment through a school staffer.

On Thursday, Thompson said the school district discovered additional book purchases by Ronald E. McNair Middle School in Decatur and Avondale Middle School and Avondale High School, both in Avondale Estates.

She said McNair spent $2,400 on the books using a school district credit card, but she could not provide any other details about the sales or identify who authorized them.

The $10,160 in purchases appear to have not been immediately flagged for three reasons.

Because those books were purchased with federal grant money, the school district office in charge of federal funds had to approve the transactions. But officials from that office reported they were not informed that Simpson was the author of the book, Thompson said.

Simpson’s name also does not show up on any school district documents provided to the AJC that related to those purchases. Rather, the purchase documents list “Rem 2 Rem LLC” as the seller of the books — a corporation organized by Simpson and his attorney, according to Georgia Secretary of State documents.

Lastly, purchases with federal funds that are more than $5,000 would have attracted greater scrutiny. And the two largest purchases that accounted for most of the sales — both made by Thedford on the same day in November 2007 — were for $4,800 each, just under that barrier, according to documents obtained by the AJC.

Thedford took over Simpson’s principal position at Miller Grove in the summer 2007, school records show. She previously worked under him at the school as an assistant principal. Simpson had served as principal there since 2004 before being promoted to area assistant superintendent, the position he currently holds.

Simpson makes $115,000 a year supervising several DeKalb high schools, as well as the middle and elementary schools that feed into them, according to his personnel file.

In the book’s introduction, purchased by the AJC for $19.95 plus tax and fees, Simpson offers an explanation for its brevity. “This is the type of book for easy readers, a book that people can read within 24 hours,” he wrote.

The book includes 13 pages devoted to inspirational quotes from notable people such as President Bill Clinton and comedian Chris Rock.

“Only dumb people try to impress smart people,” Rock’s quote stated. “Smart people just do what they do.”

A sampling of some of the chapters in the book: “I Hate School” and “Failing 2 Prepare is Preparing 2 Fail.”

Simpson wrote about never finishing a book in high school and scoring 480 on the SAT, at a time when a perfect score was 1600 and students got 200 points just for taking the test.

“I hated everything about what school represented,” Simpson wrote. “What was best about being in high school was the GIRLS.”

At West Georgia College in Carrollton, Simpson spent his first year taking remedial classes. But he took full advantage of the social calendar. A self-described social butterfly, Simpson hosted large parties at the end of each semester to pay for his tuition and rent.

Simpson started out his career as a correctional officer nicknamed “College Boy” by the inmates. He wrote that seeing the large number of incarcerated black males prompted him to become a teacher.

“I wanted to become the role model that they would see every day,” he wrote.

While at the school district, Simpson earned a master’s degree from West Georgia despite being rejected admission into the program numerous times. He later earned a doctorate degree in educational leadership from the University of Sarasota.

“I take no credit for what I have done nor do I think that I am remarkable,” Simpson wrote in the book’s conclusion. “However, what is remarkable is what I have been able to achieve.”

294 comments Add your comment

Echo

July 26th, 2010
11:32 am

Anyone surprised about this? I like how his autobiography was 70 pages in LARGE type. Why didn’t he just make a pop-up book?

Maureen Downey

July 26th, 2010
11:33 am

@Echo. If you ever start your own blog, be sure to send us the link. I love your comments.
Maureen

Now you know

July 26th, 2010
11:35 am

And people still wonder why teachers are resisting the bum rush to so called “accountability” without appropriate checks and balances when administrators like this guy, and those who purchased his books will be the ones evaluating?

It doesn’t really seem “remarkable” what this guy has done in DCSS, it seems like a standard operating procedure.

redweather

July 26th, 2010
11:41 am

Many of my students at GPC, who are products of the DCSS, have spoken highly of the book. They found it encouraging, and I’m all for anything these kids find encouraging. However, if they were required to purchase the book, then there does seem to be a problem.

PropertyTaxPayer

July 26th, 2010
11:48 am

Disgusting is all I can say! Sad that this man claims to want to help be a role model but his deal smells like rotten week-old friend catfish! And DeKalb County schools is furloughing teachers and closing schools. These crooked officials need to be fired and prosecuted for malfeasance in office and the entire structure of the school system needs to be redone. These jive turkeys sicken me with their false claims. And did anyone notice how it’s a Christian publishing company? Yeah, real christian to basically steal money from children for a crappy cheap book. And I love how the Bishop Eddie Long’s name is on the cover…how is that related to the author’s so-called life story? Does the Bishop know this bogu book has his name on it and was used to unethically sell books in the school system? Oh heavens I could go on about just howe disgusting this whole affair is, but I just can’t stomach it anymore. So Sad that our children and teachers are the ones who suffer at the hands of jive turkeys like this bozo with that tacky bow tie! ugh!!!

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k teacher

July 26th, 2010
11:51 am

Why is Maureen Downey, Get Schooled, and the AJC not blasting the Ron Clark Academy and all its millions for only graduating 20 of 32 students? Are they not to be better than the public schools with their spending of twice as much on each child?!?

Dr NO

July 26th, 2010
11:57 am

“I felt compelled to write this book because I am a prideful, arrogant, boasting braggart”.

There much better.

PS…a crook dressed in a white shirt and bow-tie is still a crook.

A TRADITIONALIST

July 26th, 2010
12:18 pm

CONFLICT OF INTEREST is common in the top rungs of many institutions…GREED…..GREED……GREED.

Lynn43

July 26th, 2010
12:20 pm

He states that he made 480 on the SAT. Which college accepted him with a score that low, or did any accept him. If they did, he wasn’t accepted on his academic standing. Are his credentials fake? If he did attend college, what kind of grades did he make as a college student or was he “just passed on” or could his degrees be “bought?

Also, 13 pages out of 70 with quotes from other people? Did he pay royalties to these people to use their quotes or did he skip this step? This entire situation needs more explanation.

please stop it k, you're embarrassing yourself

July 26th, 2010
12:23 pm

“Why is Maureen Downey, Get Schooled, and the AJC not blasting the Ron Clark Academy and all its millions for only graduating 20 of 32 students?”

Because the Ron Clark Academy is to be congratulated for holding their students to a high standard. If the public schools came even remotely close to holding their students to standards, people wouldn’t be seeking expensive alternatives now would they?

lynn

July 26th, 2010
12:31 pm

I don’t think DCSS has complained about a lack of Title 1 money. It is just that this money can’t make up for the reduction in revenue from both the state and property taxes. Title 1 schools often have plenty of money for extras like this.

Does any school system have a policy regulating employees selling things to the system or its schools? I am not excusing this behavior, but for there to be a policy there generally has to be a reason to have one. Someone would have to anticipate it. DeKalb will now have one (at some cost, because it will have to be written by and/or reviewed by the attorneys.

lynn

July 26th, 2010
12:32 pm

Opps, hit submit to soon.

What we don’t and probably will never know, is whether the principals thought there was real value in this book or if they felt pressure to purchase it from Simpson.

Perhaps the PSC can get to the bottom of it, but given that the Atlanta cheating report (which DeKalb turned in on time, maybe even early) is due next week, I wonder if they will have time?

Color me confused

July 26th, 2010
12:34 pm

There are many colleges/universities in this country are open enrollment basically. You may have to have a minimum SAT/ACT score to avoid remedial classes or take a placement exam or two, but you can pay the money and enroll.

Springdale Park Elementary Parent

July 26th, 2010
12:35 pm

True story: I was driving down my street in midtown Atlanta and was blocked by a City of Atlanta sanitation truck that, despite plenty of room on both sides, was positioned directly in the center of the road so that no traffic could pass on either side. We inched up the road together (I couldn’t go back, as a line of traffic had formed behind me). Finally, I got out to ask the driver if he wouldn’t mind pulling over a bit to one side so that traffic could flow again. “Mistuh,” he said, with a wide grin, “you on OUR schedule now.”

His attitude was identical to that of many of the school administrators I’ve had the displeasure of dealing with over the past three years. These folks believe they’re accountable to no one, and so long as parents in APS and DeKalb continue to timidly acquiesce, they really aren’t.

This sort of environment leads directly to abuses like the one described above. Good luck getting rid of the idiot who profited from his not-so-big-a-deal “accomplishments” in such an uninspiring way. He’ll no doubt cling to his $115k job with the tenacity of a barnacle while remaining as useful as one.

DawgDad

July 26th, 2010
12:36 pm

“It is amazing to me how often government officials will risk their reputation and the reputation of their agency for a few thousand dollars in personal gain.”

This is a truly astounding and amusing statement from someone presenting themselves as an experienced expert commentor on government education. Slow learner, Maureen?

k teacher

July 26th, 2010
12:36 pm

@ please stop it k

It shows that even the most talented teachers can’t reach every student. Granted while there are bad apples out there, most public schools hold students to high standards also, but only the negative seems to make the news. RCA fails this high of a percentage of students and it barely rates mentioning.

APS budgets a lot of money per child

July 26th, 2010
12:37 pm

k teacher–check your facts–last I looked APS spend per child is just $1500 less than Ron Clark’s Academy per child spend. No one should hold out Ron Clark Academy as an expensive alternative when you consider how many $ are getting thrown at the APS system w/o accountability. Yes, look at the APS budget and the number of schoolchildren in that system; the math works out to about $15,000-$15,500 being spent per student in APS. Yet, Cobb and Gwinnett seem to be able to do it for 2/3 -1/2 the same cost and get much better performance. ????

Maureen Downey

July 26th, 2010
12:39 pm

@K teacher, Ron Clark Academy is a private school. As such, it doesn’t have a contract with the public or use public money so the public doesn’t have any right to demand accountability of the school. There are plenty of private schools charging the same as Ron Clark. I think what private schools charge and what they accomplish is a matter for the families who send their kids to them. We have no way of knowing how any of Georgia’s private schools are faring since their records aren’t public. Not sure why we should be evaluating them or how we should since there are no public accountability measures that we can consult for an accurate picture of how the school stacks up.Again, our focus has to be on the public schools that use public funds, that are subject to public accountability and that educate most of the kids in Georgia.
Maureen

New School

July 26th, 2010
12:41 pm

Is ANYTHING in DeKalb county well run?

Maureen Downey

July 26th, 2010
12:44 pm

@Dawg, I would say that I learned fairly early in my reporting career that people do stupid things for money, sex and to hold onto power, even if the power is serving on a local county commission or a school board. Still, I remain surprised when I see someone risk their good name for a few bucks.
Maureen

@wrong Maureen

July 26th, 2010
12:45 pm

“We have no way of knowing how any of Georgia’s private schools are faring since their records aren’t public”

Ron Clark Academy released their ITBS test scores in a newspaper called the AJC. How often do the public schools release their ITBS scores? Or is it more comfortable for them to release criterion referenced scores, and not norm referenced scores that might make them look not quite so glowing?

Maureen Downey

July 26th, 2010
12:45 pm

@New School. Yes, there are some very well run schools within the system. Maureen

Teacher&mom

July 26th, 2010
12:46 pm

If he doesn’t lose his teaching credentials over this, then teachers can forget about ever fearing the PSC. They are toothless.

If SACS doesn’t pay Dekalb a visit after this long list of improprieties, then why are we fearful of SACS? How much does it take to get paid a visit by either agency?

Just once, I’d love to have the opportunity to spend $12,000 in lab supplies. The most I have ever received is $500. What a shameful waste of money :(

TERRI jONES

July 26th, 2010
12:47 pm

A personality test should be given to administrators before they are awarded jobs; to see if they are
competent enough to lead and governor. Awarding of doctor degrees (from colleges without walls), need to examine by the PSC.

Dekalb County taxpayer

July 26th, 2010
12:50 pm

The sad thing is that Ralph Simpson really thought his “rise” from remedial classes to a Dekalb County Schools administrator was inspirational. All his career projectory illustrates is that a good education is not necessary to get a job high up in the DCSS.

Maureen Downey

July 26th, 2010
12:54 pm

@Wrong, I don’t think ITBS scores for a single private school are enough to say very much. (And wasn’t it the Stanford Achievement Test that Ron Clark used?)

What about student demographics? This is a select group of students whose parents make the effort and sacrifice to pay for the school. If the kids came from public schools, how did these students perform in those public schools? Were their scores on the rise there? How does RCA stack up to other private schools? Wouldn’t we need scores from a good size sampling of private schools?
It makes no sense to compare public schools with Ron Clark. Would anyone think it was fair to compare Westminster or Lovett — or any highly selective private school – with a public school that takes all kids?
I just don’t see the reason to focus on Ron Clark over any other private school in Atlanta. It does cool things with the kids, but so do lots of private schools.
Maureen

William Casey

July 26th, 2010
12:56 pm

Anyone know a link to Ralph’s resume’?

Mizz

July 26th, 2010
12:56 pm

A sincere Educator who wanted to get his message to students would have donated his books to the school system.

Dan

July 26th, 2010
12:56 pm

Dekalb is quickly becoming the laughing stock of the country for its public officials! From this current bozo to Cynthia McKinney, Hank Johnson, Terrel Bolton, Vernon Jones and so on. The level of narcissism, corruption and self serving actions is amazing. The populace electing these folks or allowing their elected officers to appoint them are painfully ingnorant indeed some of the above mentioned are just as ignorant, others are dangerously manipulative

Dunwoody Mom

July 26th, 2010
12:57 pm

The Ron Clark Academy does not use the ITBS, they use the Stanford Achievement Test.

Dunwoody Mom

July 26th, 2010
12:59 pm

And I cannot speak to other schools system, but DeKalb County does a good job in posting their test results on their website.

William Casey

July 26th, 2010
1:01 pm

I found a “bare bones” biography of Mr. Simpson. I’m ashamed to say that he graduated from my high school (Southwest DeKalb) and my college (West Georgia.) I’m sending my diploma and degrees back.

Middle Grades Math Teacher

July 26th, 2010
1:07 pm

@Springdale Park Elementary Parent — while the garbage truck story made me chuckle, and is a good analogy, it would be good to hear specific examples of what you’ve run up against.

Jeff

July 26th, 2010
1:08 pm

Standards Standards Standards. Mr Simpson needs to be relieved of his duties since this action clearly indicates that he has no concept of ethics in the workplace. I wish other making comments would focus on the specific issue. This is where people get lost and start talking about some difficulty they’ve had with a police officer or paying their county water bill. Mr Simpson needs to be relieved and anyone purchasing the book should be properly demoted. The school board putting this forward clearly would show their good faith in this spotty matter.

Dr.Phil

July 26th, 2010
1:12 pm

Black Muslim?

Concerned 1

July 26th, 2010
1:13 pm

Dekalb is on the hot seat again. The problem in many of these systems is employee bullying. Take for instance APS. There are plenty of people who are qualified to turn these schools around. But they hire people from other states who have poor credentials and let them learn on the job. When they first started Small Schools and Small Learning Communities, they started by telling us that older teachers would lose their jobs because they didn’t keep up with changes in education and weren’t innovative. All of these people were paid by the Bill Gates Foundation. How many high schools made AYP in Atlanta? They’ve had his money for 9 years. Now they want to blame teachers for an experiment gone wrong. Fire the older ones and bring in younger ones that we can control. We don’t want thinking teachers just teachers who follow. Bill Gates is sort of getting input from teachers. It’s like the horse following the cart now.

Money changes things. Instead of embracing teachers and nurturing them, we became the enemy. We can think, we’re intelligent. That is how we were taught. Remember the Socratic method. We want to inspire students and promote creativity. Now we will be part of some big hive. 1984 has come to education. McCarthyism has come also. How many books did APS make their principals buy to give to us by their vendors. The vendors are determining whether educators were cheating. It is all about who knows who and who won’t make waves.

Dekalb will take care of it’s problem but they don’t need our advice. Their taxpayers will make this right. Atlanta’s taxpayers are watching too. All that private money will not cover up who really pays for those schools. The taxpayers will speak soon enough.

Concerned 1

July 26th, 2010
1:16 pm

The issue lends itself to universal principles that have other applications, that is why you have off shoot stories…

Dr NO

July 26th, 2010
1:17 pm

Lynn43

July 26th, 2010
12:20 pm

Agreed…His credentials would be most interesting and Im sure revealing.

PS…he looks as stoned as a bat in the picture. A low down worm he is, no doubt.

Welcome to our little world of Dekalb

July 26th, 2010
1:18 pm

Maureen,

This is just the beginning. I was wondering when you were going to post your comment. To answer your question. Our ethnic standards has been in effect many years. It just some people choose not follow them. As I have said on many of your blogs, too much power has been given to our administrators. Most of them think that they can’t get CAUGHT. There have been many administrators fired because DUMB decisions. The code ethnic standards has been presented to us time after time. Each year we are required to sign that we watch or listen to and understand the Code of Ethnics. Just a few years ago the county told each employee that we couldn’t contract and be an employee for DeKalb. An example is that if you have a catering company on the side and you wanted to get contract for the high school prom. Dekalb prohibits this. Its call double dipping. So Ralph Simmons is either remarkable or just plan dumb. I can write more than 70 pages just for a stressful day at work. HIS BOOK SHOULD HAVE BEEN TITLED “FROM DUMB TO DEGRADING”. I agree with you Maureen I think he should be fired or demoted until further investigation for being so “remarkable”. STAY TUNE TO THE REST OF STORY of our little WORLD of DEKALB.

Understanding Atlanta

July 26th, 2010
1:20 pm

Every public school posts their test scores. Georgia public schools use the Georgia Criterion Referency Test to measure student performance. Georgia, at least DeKalb County, hasn’t used the ITBS in quite a few years.
This is somewhat disappointing, but not unexpected. DeKalb County has the potential to be a great school system, but they (parents, business owners, and taxpayers) allow INCOMPTENCE to run rampant and sit by and do nothing because they don’t want to ruffle any feathers. I’m happy that I’ve graduated from DCSS, gotten my degree, and pursuing a masters.

Attentive Parent

July 26th, 2010
1:21 pm

I wonder of that U of Sarasota “doctorate” degree is another one of those commuter degrees where tuition is paid, classes are Friday and maybe Saturday once a month for 2 years, and there is no dissertation.

After that all who encounter the recipients must defer to them as “Doctor”.

Such scams are insults to everyone with real graduate degrees and one of the great current scandals in education as it’s not just a pay issue.

These individuals with commuter Educational Leadership doctorates are in positions to influence policy even though they actually have little acquaintance with academics.

Dunwoody Mom

July 26th, 2010
1:27 pm

@Understanding Atlanta – the DeKalb County Schools System indeed uses the ITBS for elementary and middle school students.

Robin

July 26th, 2010
1:33 pm

“A personality test should be given to administrators before they are awarded jobs; to see if they are
competent enough to lead and governor. Awarding of doctor degrees (from colleges without walls), need to examine by the PSC.”

AGREE. Personality AND psychological exams needed for administrators. Also, the online Doctorate degrees are a joke, most corporations & businesses won’t give you the time of day if you have one – yet the Education field couldn’t care less! Sad!

Also, the picture of Mr Simpson looks very unprofessional. That clown suit he is wearing looks cheap and ridiculous. Are we suppose to take him seriously?

ASHLEY

July 26th, 2010
1:34 pm

When I was in high-school (1976) there were term papers longer than this bozo brochure LOL . This is the very reason dekalb county schools are in disaray. He does a disservice to all those who value education . What type of college would even allow him to enroll ? This is definitely not Dekalb’s finest hour. Please tell me there is a more qualified person for his job, which really sounds made up at best.

tuliprose

July 26th, 2010
1:35 pm

This is bad, but not as bad as the $5 million (also reported in Sunday’s paper) that Dekalb Schools are paying to “defend” the the former superintendent and Pat Pope (or whatever her new name is after her annulment) for their alleged shenanigans. So I guess that means I, a Dekalb taxpayer, am paying both to prosecute and defend them? Wow.

PR

July 26th, 2010
1:37 pm

This is soooo typical of DeKalb School system. A bunch of dirty leaders with their hands in the cookie jar so they get rich and the kids fail. The whole DeKalb BOE needs to be replaced and some real leaders brought it.

Waffle House Fight Club

July 26th, 2010
1:37 pm

At this point, as DeKalb citizens, it is OUR duty to enact changes. Research those on the board. Contact them and let them know our future is too valuable to be in the hands of self serving imbeciles. I have no children, however the quality of education in DeKalb relates directly to the quality of life.

Do it now. Contact every member on the school board and let them know their days in office are numbered.

chillywilly

July 26th, 2010
1:40 pm

Dekalb County should terminate Simpson without hesitation. I’m convinced that he used his influence and intimidation to get these schools to buy his book. I read his book and it’s a good book, but it’s not good enough for Dekalb to violate policy to purchase it. This is the kind of atmosphere that Crawford Lewis created in Dekalb. Beverly Hall is no different at APS. They both are an embarrassment to the Superintendent Profession. Lewis is on his way to prison. It wouldn’t hurt my feelings if Beverly Hall is on that Federal Pen Train with him.

Understanding Atlanta

July 26th, 2010
1:41 pm

@Dunwoody Mom – I see. I thought the CRCT phased ITBS out, much like when I was in school EOCT was suppose to phase out GHSGT. It appears that didn’t happen either.

I know I digress, but this seems to be too many tests students are taking.