Clayton no longer on probation with SACS. Congrats to system.

Breaking news, the Clayton County school district is no longer on probation by the accreditation agency SACS.

From the AJC story:

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

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jarvis

May 13th, 2011
12:30 pm

Were there any comments on the Cobb Board’s current situation at the press conference?

Dr. John Trotter

May 13th, 2011
12:50 pm

I guess that the situation with Edmond Heatley was getting a little too hot for Mark Elgart to handle…so ole Markie announces early that Clayco is getting back its accreditation from SACS. Whoopee-do. Everyone knew that it was coming back. Heck, SACS needs the money! It really does.

Mark Elgart, like I have said many times, doesn’t have the guts to permanently pull accreditation from any public school system. The SACS thing is nothing but a charade. The truth of the matter about Clayton County is that it is in the worst shape than ever before. No question. The Clayton County School System is in terrible shape. Do you think that Mark Elgart would deign to allow his children to attend public schools in Clayton County? What about AJC Publisher Wallace? What about you, Maureen? Me? Heck no! I don’t make any bones about it. Y’all know me.

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Dr. John Trotter

May 13th, 2011
1:03 pm

Silence is golden…or the thunderous silence speaks volumes about how the troops feel in Clayton County? You announce that SACS gives back its almighty and fake accreditation back to Clayton — and at lunch time! You get silence. A muted response.

I think that Mark Elgart heard loud and clear the rumblings in Clayco…and the accreditation that was supposed to come back in June or July came back early! We can hear Tarzan Mark tell Jane and Boy: “Hurry, get all of the sleeping bags and clip boards! We’re out of here! Hurry! Back to Mount Alpharetta!”

ABC

May 13th, 2011
1:04 pm

jarvis: the Marietta Daily published that the SACS will NOT get involved in the Cobb Co board. The BOE adn SACS reps met and I guess made some kind of deal cuz SACS is out of it.

And for what it’s worth, SACS had NO business getting involved in the petty dispute over the calendar.

No No

May 13th, 2011
1:18 pm

Dr. Trotter you are so on point. These educational charades are truly a joke and nothing is sacred or true where education is concerned. It is so sad that things have gotten so bad and children had to live through all of this game playing, deceit and lying. I really hope the GBI investigators don’t come to us with some bull crap regarding the truth about what went on in Atlanta Public Schools in the next days. We need some credible findings and consequences for the perpetrators.

Dr. John Trotter

May 13th, 2011
1:27 pm

http://georgiateachersspeakout.wordpress.com/

For those just tuning in, the above link takes you to some of my musings on this blog on Wednesday and Thursday about Edmond Heatley and the Clayton County Schools.

With Barbara Pulliam, Clayton got back its “full” accreditation from SACS by 2005. By 2007, she was out of there…resigned under duress.

I encourage you, Maureen, to post this simple question: Is Heatley’s Time Up? I posted in 2007, Is Pulliam’s Time Up? on the old Clayton News/Daily blog, and the written responses (not just views but written responses!) were over 2600! I had never seen such before and have never such since. Eventually, the Clayton News/Daily shut down the blog. Does anyone ever look at the Clayton News/Daily anymore? Talking about irrelevant.

K. Ridley

May 13th, 2011
1:27 pm

Wow!! You all will never give Dr. Heatley and his team the credit they deserve. They have done an outstanding job!!! KUDOS Dr. Heatley and school board members who support him.
Of course not Goree, who is not supportive and so confrontational about everything.

Ronnie the Limo Driver

May 13th, 2011
1:37 pm

No surprise here, SACS and the public schools are a big fat joke. Please move on everyone, just go back to stuffing your faces with 100 calorie snack packs and Coke Zero.

One Smart Teacher

May 13th, 2011
1:40 pm

As a teacher in Clayton County, the teachers, staff, parents, and kids deserve the credit. Dr.Heatley is a politican. Many of his decisions have hurt/destroyed teacher morale. No one trusts him. I have worked for 7-8 superintendents since arriving in Clayton Co. I am planning on being here after Dr.Heatley leaves the district. The teachers will be here to pick up the pieces!

MsLady

May 13th, 2011
1:54 pm

Congrats to my fellow CCPS educators on your hard work to prove something that we were doing anyway. We were never the problem in the first place so the whole idea of taking the accreditation away was ridiculous to begin with. Once again why punish the children and the hard working educators for what these ludicrous people that preside over us do?! We can’t control them!

Check your email and the Jerry Jackson news bit with the picture of Heatley, his wife, and alleged mistress, and hanging with Hendrix on the date the allegedly took place. Sent to us via Jerry, now CCPS information that does not ever anytime send the report out to anyone. CCPS information why don’t you resend the daily news when are kids do great things? Programs? The whole point is to try to cover up the rumor but all they are doing is making it look even more true. Come on you are dealing with college degreed people here. Please stop playing with our intelligence.

Dr. John Trotter

May 13th, 2011
1:54 pm

@ M. Richt: Nossa (as they say in Brazil)! You sure know how to libel someone…anonymously. I am quite sure that you are of Heatley’s Kiss-ups from California or Kappa. Should they be call Kappafornias? No, I know no such thing about Jessie Goree. Never heard of such and doubt seriously that there is any merit in what you just said. I must say, however, that Ms. Goree must get under your skin…and under Heatley’s skin. Nossa. You guys haven’t seen anything yet. Nothing. Nada. Ha! The Political Tsunami is coming. I feel quite confident in this. Jessie Goree just has the integrity and mettle to stand up to bullies. Bully to her for doing so. Perhaps we ought to name Jessie Goree as the next superintendent. Hmm. Good idea.

M. Richt

May 13th, 2011
2:04 pm

Yes! Let’s name Ms. Ghetto Queen of Clay Co. the next Superintendent and you can be Deputy. Maybe Ms. T. Garrett could be your Community contact since her grammer is so fabulous!!

Georgia House

May 13th, 2011
2:15 pm

It is now time to take a close look at SAC’s and public education in Georgia. I will be speaking with other Rep.s’ about other means of providing reviews for our schools. At the very least, this body needs to have it’s wings clipped and not be allowed to act like a school yard bully towards elected officials.

Dr. Elgart, let the games begins,

P.S. I play to win and rarely lose.

Dr. John Trotter

May 13th, 2011
2:15 pm

@ M. Richt: This uprising of the people is getting to you, right? It got tough in Chino Valley, California…so you guys brought your menacing minstrel show to Clayton County, Georgia, heh? You want to eat at our public trough and then talk about our people. Hmm. Gypsies. That’s all you guys are…gypsies. Well, the way you folk jump in and out of school board beds, might I say that you are also “educational harlots”? I coined this phrase a while back. Maureen won’t allow me to use the stronger word for harlot. Ha!

Ms. Goree and Ms. Garrett are not perfect. Not a one of us is. All of our feet are made of clay[ton]. But, at least they know how to treat people. Decency. There is something to be said about treating people decently and not like dogs.

Dr. John Trotter

May 13th, 2011
2:35 pm

@ Georgia House: Create the Georgia Schools Accrediting Agency (GSAA) within the Department of Education. Let the people within the department look at the Georgia Standards within each school system. The Department folk could even pull in educators from different school systems. Heck, SACS just uses our Georgia public school employees to rubber stamp Mark Elgart and associates’ pre-determined decisions. I have watched this in action.

GSAA will be much more accurate about what is going on. It, unlike SACS, would not be money-motivated and hence would not feel compelled to kiss up to the Big Mules. But, better yet, the GSAA would be accountable to the Department of Education which is headed up by an ELECTED State Superintendent. This is good. Only people like Mark Elgart have an apparent aversion to the elected process. Oligarchs should not be allowed to control public education.

One Smart Teacher

May 13th, 2011
2:39 pm

I am ready for some change in Clayton County. I am sick of Clayton County and other districts hiring people from outside the state. I think we have plenty of great educational leaders in our district and others who are qualified to lead school systems. People who move in from other places feel people from the South are not as smart or backwards which is not the case. Heatley is not a native of GA or Clayton County. He has brought in many of his friends from California who don’t have a clue on the culture of Clayton County. If the rumor about him hiring or promoting is fraternity brothers is true, Dr. Heatley is just a politican trying to strengthen his base. He has demoted or not hired several administrator who have done excellent work in this district. He has cut pay and frozen salaries for the entire district. Yet,he takes a bonus while the paras, bus drivers, housekeepers, and lunchroom staff have all been furloughed. Where’s his compassion? In California, he was known as the king of CUTS! I bet you my last dollar, he will never make the financial sacrifices the other workers of the district are experiencing.

Dr. John Trotter

May 13th, 2011
2:50 pm

Dr. Sam King. Just about the only hope that restores confidence among the employees. Dr. King is a very good administrator, and he knows how to treat people…like John DeCotis in Fayette and Blake Bass in Coweta. DeCotis and Bass both recently retired.

Dr. John Trotter

May 13th, 2011
2:52 pm

Oh yes…I should have mentioned the recently retired Superintendent Jack Parrish of Henry County.

catlady

May 13th, 2011
2:54 pm

How long will it last?

Dr. John Trotter

May 13th, 2011
3:36 pm

@ Catlady: I don’t think that the SACS (Russian Army) will march back into Clayco (Afghanistan) any time soon. The Russians marched boldly into Afghanistan in 1979…but whimpered out in 1988, all beat, bruised, and maimed. Mark Elgart and his SACS Army boldly marched into Clayco with its pitiable pronouncement of a report on February 15,2008 — a report that then board member Norreese Haynes called “a sham and a farce.” SACS leaves today, May 13, 2011 — yes, Friday the 13th — quietly and without hardly a whimper. Since that fateful day on February 15, 2009, we have seen Mark Elgart, the once feared Emperor of Accreditation, reduced to a laughing stock and a caricature. This emperor is indeed naked. Exposed. SACS is a money-grabbing private organization with no accountability to the People of Georgia. The SACS Board of Directors probably told General Elgart to immediately bring the SACS troops from Claytonistan. For SACS, at best, it was a pyrrhic victory; at worst, it was an over-extension of Mark Elgart’s Alexander-the-Great-Ego-Tripping which thinly stretched SACS’s supply lines, with the SACS veneer being sullied with Clayco mud. I see images in my mind of Mark Elgart whisking his aide de camps to the hovering helicopters on top of the Clayton Central Office on Jonesboro’s Fifth Avenue so that they can get the heck out of the jungles of Clatyonam. I can’t resist using these metaphors, and I certainly mean no offense to the great men of valor who proudly wear our uniforms and defend us.

Norreese Haynes was right from the very beginning. He sent his press release out on the very day (with the hour) of Elgart’s released report on Clayton County — that laughable report. Please read it. Like the Atlanta SACS Report, it was pitifully written. Had no substance. Made erroneous allegations. Within a few months, all of Clayton’s nine board members had resigned in humiliation or had been forced off the school board, including GAE members Ericka Davis and Rod Johnson, the Chair and Vice Chair who foolishly called upon Mark Elgart’s assistance. It appears that Norreese Haynes was exposing too many improprieties on the school board (the now infamous Land Deal, the lawyer’s two contracts-switheroo, the egregious micro-managing of the school systems by board members Davis and Johnson, etc.). They needed help. They apparently enlisted Eldrin Bell to help, and they all went a’ callin’ on ole Markie Elgart. Elgart must have thought…”Piece of cake. No problem.” Now that SACS has been thoroughly exposed, I wonder if Elgart’s thinking the same thing now. Just a thought.

Dr. John Trotter

May 13th, 2011
3:37 pm

Typo: Should be “all beaten, bruised, and maimed.”

A Conservative Voice

May 13th, 2011
3:50 pm

Trotter, you’re on a roll buddy. I can see how you’re so effective…….”give him what he wants so he’ll shut up. Ha!!!!!

Dr. John Trotter

May 13th, 2011
3:57 pm

Thanks, C. V.! I take that as a compliment from you. Have a good Friday. You deserve it! I appreciate you so much. You know that any criticism on me rolls off like water on a duck’s back. And, your oblique criticisms are, I think, in good taste and with humor. Heck, the AJC editorial writers used to call me everything but a “white boy.” So, I am quite used to people throwing things at me. What did Churchill say about his experiences of covering the Boer War in South Africa for The London Times? There’s not a more exhilarating feeling than to be shot at and missed!

Mary

May 13th, 2011
3:57 pm

Since the discussion has moved here, I’ll cut and paste my comments from the other blog regarding one bloggers thought that the alleged indiscretions of CCPS’ supe are not newsworthy.

@Top School – Sorry we hijacked your APS thread, but AJC won’t give us anywhere to air our grievanaces. As far as YOUR blind eye toward why an affair and other forms of flagrant nepotism are relevant for discussion, take these questions regarding the alleged acts into consideration: Who pays the car allowance for the ride that picks up the alleged mistress? Whose money pays for the alleged mistress’ fancy new job? Which taxpayers’ funds pay for the production costs of the new district sponsored TV shows hosted by those in the “club”? (There’s more to say about that, but I won’t go there.) The list goes on and on. Now, ask yourself again, how this is relevant to severe abuse of power, and misuse of public funds. If Hall was accused of these things, would you find these actions irrelevant?

…That’s what I thought.

Is Maureen on vacation?

MsLady

May 13th, 2011
4:17 pm

I too wonder why the quiet from the media on this and the business that happen at Eddie white academy. Normally all the press would have needed was the text message that went around to start a news story. Perhaps Kappa Alpha Psi has the game on lock with the media as well? Something smells around here.

Dr. John Trotter

May 13th, 2011
4:29 pm

A Nupe Conspiracy? I don’t think so. More probably that the publisher of the AJC has decided not to rain on Clayton’s supposed Accreditation Parade. But, what Ms. Wallace apparently doesn’t understand is that inmates don’t celebrate the Warden’s birthday or good evaluations. They know what is happening every day. They know about the suffering. Hence, the stone silence from the Clayton teachers about this re-accreditation from the fake SACS group. A hollow victory. The teachers’ silence on this is thunderous.

Simba the lion

May 13th, 2011
4:34 pm

Wow!!!!! Seems like the idiot Trotter and his Trotterites are at it again….. Why not let the district celebrate…. Negativity and bashing is a wasted moment.. when the truth is we now have no excuses and we now can get to the business of educating our kids…. I see Trotter and Co. You all are selfis A$$ ho@$$ that want all the money and power you can get.. hahahah You can’t get it from the BOE Go pick on someone else as STUPID as you all are. My home value they say went up 3% with the announcement of “Full ACCREDITATION” Money talks your bull s1#$$$ WALKS>…….. give a benefit of the foolishness you speak..IDIOT!

Simba the lion

May 13th, 2011
4:42 pm

Congrats Board of Ed….. You are putting value in my property and possibly adding retail businesses to our economy.. Thanks … Show me a good school system and I’ll show you a good community that thrives!!!!!! Clayco here we go!!!!!!!!!! Did you idiots know that we ranked academically 3rd in the metro and our test scores are up….. Thank you teachers and administrators Did you know we have Elem. kids that are smarter than the TRotter and Co. They made major money with good decisions… Did you know we have the first dual language school (charter) Did you know we have 7 Gates Millenium winners….. Did you know any of that to start with .. Did you know our graduation rate is up!!!!!!!!!!!!! This needs to be the talk not the idiotic who slept with who… People that talk that talk aiint sleeping with noone… Go Jack @!!! and enjoy life all that associate with Trotter….

Dr. John Trotter

May 13th, 2011
4:43 pm

Thank you for your comments, Scar. Ha! I haven’t made a penny off of the Clayton County School System…since the 1980s when I taught there. But, I bet that you are one of the CaliKappas (or is that Kappafornians?) who is eating regularly at the public trough. Look, Scar, if you intend to take up blogging, why don’t you take a night course on Engish composition, OK? That might do wonders for your blogging career. Idiot? Now I sort of like that. I. T. Idiot Trotter. Didn’t Dostoyevsky write “The Idiot”? Heck of a book. I read it years ago. Try reading as well, Scar. It stretches the mind.

Simba the lion

May 13th, 2011
4:44 pm

Trotter you speak of fraternal ties and heatley……. Its obvious you have none…. You were the last one picked and the first one fired ooppppssss I forgot …… fired or not wanted..ooopppss II’m not stepping on toes am I…… Then there are all the losers that AMeen you and your educated fool friends……

Simba the lion

May 13th, 2011
4:47 pm

Trotter ……. I write so you can understand …….But understand this our county is in the shape it is because of low lifes like you!!! You spread venom to the weak and the lame… You are a molester and a fraud…. Anyone that wishes harm on children is TROUBLE… Go to Dekalb or heck no one but Dekalb will deal with you,…… pitiful

Dr. John Trotter

May 13th, 2011
4:51 pm

Scar, I am about to head to a O’Charley’s for some soup and salad. Clam Chowder on Friday, remember? We Georgia hayseeds like Clam Chowder too! Ha! Then to Atlanta Fitness and The Vitamin Shoppe and one or two other stores. So, I am letting you know that you can get some jabs in while I am gone. But, watch it now! You know, the good Lord willing, I’ll be returning. Put on your chin straps! Buckle up, boys and girls! The Idiot will be returning!

You guys have a good Friday afternoon. And Clayton teachers, we’re not going to leave you hanging. It might get rougher before the ominous clouds break, but they will break. You’ll be seeing sunshine in Clayton sooner than you expected. After all, in Clayton County, there are elections every two years.

No No

May 13th, 2011
4:55 pm

SACS don’t need to hold Clayton County hostage anymore cause they now have Atlanta Public Schools on the hook. Maybe the other Boards of Education will be smart and not become a member of SACS since it isn’t required and there is no oversight.

I still would like to know why Cobb County is off the hook at this time when the superintendent himself provided upfront information about the dysfunctional board of education over there. There is one major difference and we know what that elephant is in the room. It is black and white.

And if Atlanta ever gets free again it shouldn’t be a paying member either. SACS sounds like a racket. Is it even legal to existence with this kind of power over public schools funded by taxpayers?

Dr. John Trotter

May 13th, 2011
5:07 pm

Scar, ole boy, learn your facts. I was the FIRST picked, if you are referring to the only extensive screening committee ever used for a principal’s job in Clayton County (North Clayton High School was the school, to be exact). Wow. That was over 20 years ago. Yep, citizens from the community, parents, teachers, and students. Yep, as a matter of historical record, the Committee chose me NUMERO UNO. Ha! State Senator Valencia Seay was on the Committee and later wrote a strong on my behalf to Dr. Bob Livingston, the superintendent who recommended me twice to the Clayton County Board of Education (11 members in those days). A few voted for me but enough were still mad at me for the different superintendent races and school board races that I had been involved in. No problem. Senior Federal Judge Marvin Shoob mandated another all day session at JAMS (Judicial Arbitration & Mediation Services). A settlement was reached.

God works mysterious ways…His wonders to perform. I look back on those days and laugh. Now if I had been confirmed as principal of North Clayton High School, I wouldn’t be Chairman & CEO of MACE. Just think… You Kappafornians wouldn’t be full of angst on a beautiful Friday afternoon worrying about MACE and me. You’d be running roughshod over all the teachers without any fear of reprisal. Now be assured that in Clayton County, elections come every two years.

For the record, Scar, I am quite sure that I could teach and “administer” rings around your little gimblet behind. That has never been the issue. Performance is not really the issue in public school systems; the issue is power/control.

Mace Terminator

May 13th, 2011
6:37 pm

Trotters little trick this week spreading the resignation rumor did not work. Trotter and his “for profit” union are finished in Clayton County. Maybe he can survive in Dekalb ar Fulton, but Clayton County is wise to him now. Congratulations Clayton County School System!

Laura Dempsey

May 13th, 2011
6:42 pm

Simba the Lion, are you really a lion? I think not or you wouldn’t be hiding behind a fake name!!!! At least Mr. Trotter is not hiding behind a fictitious name….. but then maybe he has nothing to hide! Take warning all you folks in Dr.Heatley’s back pocket the tax payers of Clayton County are FED UP with these arrogant “foreigners” that come into this county demanding high saleries then raping our school system. Believe me there are still a good number of us older Clayton County residents that are well educated with no ties to the school system and corrupt administration and cannot be bullied or intimadated.

Mace Terminator

May 13th, 2011
6:48 pm

Heatley is here, and there is nothing MACE, or John Trotter, or school system employees can do about it. He was hired by our elected school board, and there is nothing you can do about it other than spew your venom. We are very familiar with your tactics. want respect? Quit MACE, and join GAE.

P.I.

May 13th, 2011
6:53 pm

Mace isn’t the problem, Heatley is as he is the man having the affair and dishornoring his family and fraternity. Heatley will be on his way back to where he came from soon. He is no different than the other rejects that have flown in calling themselves superintendent. This too shall pass.

Mace Terminator

May 13th, 2011
7:04 pm

P.I. !
Do you have proof of this affair, and are you willing to make sworn statement of the facts to back it up, or are you just hurling mud? Anyone can sling mud, and John trotter and his little minions are experts at it. Where are the facts? We are waiting, and we don’t care about rumors. Just the facts and names please!

Maureen Downey

May 13th, 2011
7:24 pm

@To all, I have yet to have a single person take me up on the offer to provide any first-hand knowledge of this alleged blow-up involving Dr. Heatley. In the first reports of this rumor, the story was that he had stepped down and was no longer working for Clayton
That was 100 percent false. I agree with those calling for more than unsubstantiated rumors. If you have something more than hearsay, please e-mail me at mdowney@ajc.com. If not, let’s congratulate Clayton and move on.
Maureen

Sickened

May 13th, 2011
7:39 pm

Maureen, just wondering if you have any inference skills????? The employees of CCPS are being intimidated and bullied by Heatley. An email was sent out this afternoon with a picture of Heatley, his wife, “the mistress” and the Fall Guy ( remember the Edward’’s attempted cover up) supposedly at a Partner’s in Education gathering. Amazing that none of the Partner’s in Education were in the picture????? How bizzare is that! I would say OVERKILL in the COVERUP ATTEMP!!! The photo was dated 5/12/11

Maureen Downey

May 13th, 2011
7:41 pm

@Sickened, I don’t think we ought to rely on our “inference” skills when the reputations of several people are involved.
Maureen

Todd

May 13th, 2011
7:46 pm

They are coming Mace……you really think we are dumb enough to post them on here?

Amateur film

May 13th, 2011
7:57 pm

The IHOP fight ended up on youtube–nobody was filming the fight at central office?

Mace Terminator

May 13th, 2011
8:09 pm

For your sake Trotterites, I hope you are not slandering Dr Heatley without evidence. IP records are so easy to subpoena. You would not look good broke, and in jail! LOL! Where can we see this stuff?

Sickened

May 13th, 2011
8:19 pm

@Maureen not implying that inference skills should be used to destroy a persons reputation. Good, honest, hardworking people are being bullied by Heatley and his crew daily and you are asking for proof. We are asking for help???? In a county that is close to 70% hispanic bilingual paraprofessional translators have been cut and that is just one of the many cuts that directly effect the daily performance of our schools. The man makes $285,000.00 a year with an additional $15,000.00 a year for travel expenses and laughs at the idea of cutting his salary. The truth will come out, facts are being gathered and protection.

Heatley must go.....

May 13th, 2011
8:29 pm

Heatley needs to go and will go.

Sickened

May 13th, 2011
8:32 pm

@Maureen not implying that inference skills should be used to destroy a persons reputation but rather to infer that employees of CCPS are being bullied by Heatley and are afraid. Remember it is not the best of times!