Breaking news, the Clayton County school district is no longer on probation by the accreditation agency SACS.
Clayton has taken a critical step forward, said Mark Elgart, President of AdvancED, the parent organization for SACS. “It doesn’t mean they don’t have challenges,” but the system has showed strong leadership and teamwork and are making all the right moves, he said.
Superintendent Edmond Heatley, hired to solve Clayton’s problems, said “We are still not where we want to be, but we are no longer where we used to be.” He quashed rumors circulating in the community that he was going to resign.
“Let me put those rumors to rest,” he said, promising he was not resigning and was committed to Clayton County. He and board members said after the announcement at SACS headquarters in Alpharetta they can concentrate on boosting educational issues for students rather than focusing on the governance issues that caused the system so many problems.
Elgart said that a progress reported submitted May 2 by Atlanta Public Schools showed they are far from where they need to be, but that are putting some frameworks in place that should help the system solve its problems.
There is evidence that Atlanta is working to address its issues, SACS hae no way to give a fair and objective response to whether they have improved at this point, Elgart said.
Cobb County Schools will remain under advisement, Elgart said. The school’s accreditation has been under advisement for about two years because of questions about board inexperience and training.
Congratulations to Clayton teachers, students and staff.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog