Four DeKalb school board members ask public to support Texas candidate for school chief

Writing on behalf of herself and three other DeKalb school board members, Nancy Jester is asking the public to support Robert Duron for school chief. Duron is in San Antonio now, and Jester and company are unhappy about a TV news story depicting him in a less than favorable light in the Texas district.

I received a comment on the situation and the role of the press in the DeKalb school chief search from Bill Armstrong,  president of the school council at Huntley Hills Elementary School. I asked if I could post his concerns here. With his permission:

“This is outrageous, and starting to look even more like APS: dysfunctional, ineffective board, divided to the point of total break-down.  This second leak  to sabotage the superintendent search, as the first, I suspect is coming from one of the board members who haven’t signed on to this, or someone at their  direction. At this point, I  think WSB and Richard Belcher are not fully serving the public interest, and are clearly being used as instruments to manipulated the system: becoming participants in the story. As I said before, I’m virtually an absolutist when it comes to the First  Amendment (especially the press), but at the very least this series of  events is worthy of debate regarding journalistic ethics. I am torn,  the press should be free, but the education of DeKalb’s children is being directly affected, and to their detriment.

And here is the Nancy Jester note:

I am writing on behalf of the DeKalb Board of Education members Don McChesney, Pam Speaks, Paul Womack and myself.

Dr. Robert Duron (San Antonio schools)

Dr. Robert Duron (San Antonio schools)

Unfortunately, on Friday someone leaked information about the superintendent search process to the media.

You can view the story here. The leak included the name of a candidate and violated confidentiality.  Had this action not been taken, we would not be writing to you today.  Everything that we are writing about is already available to the public.

We are writing because we feel compelled to set the record straight on this candidate.  We ran for our positions to do something and not be something.  We believe that we must hire a leader from outside of our system.  This is not to say that we do not have capable people within our ranks.  We have many wonderful employees.

Unfortunately, we also have real structural impediments to success combined with a lack of public confidence and a myriad of perception problems.

When we began this process we thought that we were on our way to finding a qualified and dedicated professional.  Our search firm provided us with a host of diverse and worthy candidates.  As you know, our search has already been plagued by leaks that were purposefully made to undermine the will of the board and caused candidates to withdraw from consideration.  This was a great loss for DeKalb from a superintendent perspective and it damaged our ability to attract candidates.

We are convinced that the latest leak has made DeKalb radioactive to potential candidates. These actions have damaged the students, employees and the taxpayers of DeKalb County.  Furthermore, they have potentially damaged a candidate who did nothing other than graciously accept our invitations to speak with us.

We want you to know that from the beginning, Dr. Duron emerged as our number one choice. It was abundantly clear to us that he had the temperament and experience to lead our district.  We independently reviewed his record.  We familiarized ourselves with the accountability standards in his state.  We examined the population of his students.  We read the impressive references that were written on his behalf.

We would like to set the record straight on Dr. Duron’s record. His district has seen steady improvements under his leadership.  He has even proved creative and resourceful in obtaining grant money for inventive ways to tackle achievement problems and re-purpose once closed schools. We have put together a PDF that you can download from the blog tab of www.nancyjester.com. You will see that with a significantly poorer district, Dr. Duron has outperformed DeKalb with respect to AYP standards.  In DeKalb (2010) we had 5 failing subgroups for AYP as a system.  Dr. Duron’s district had only 1 sub-group that failed.

There are some members of our board that would have you believe that Dr. Duron isn’t a qualified candidate because his district received a label of “academically unacceptable” from the TEA.  Please review the website PDF for clarity on this matter.  You will note that Texas standards include a completion rate.  Districts must track all students even if they leave your district and move out of the state or country.  Each district is required to document that a student that leaves is enrolled in school elsewhere.  SAISD missed their “completion rate” standard by 9 students that they were unable to locate.  Please note that for the academic year that just ended, Dr. Duron’s district is projected to meet this standard and receive the “academically acceptable” rating from the TEA.  Again, you can see this documented in the PDF on my website.

We ask you to stand with us and support Dr. Duron.  He is a qualified professional that will serve and represent our district well.  He will bring accountability, ethics and innovation to DeKalb.  We cannot wait.  Our children cannot wait.  If you agree with us, please email the board.  Here are their addresses:

THOMAS_BOWEN@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us

SARAH_COPELIN-WOOD@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us JAY_CUNNINGHAM@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us

don_mcchesney@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us

PAM_SPEAKS@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us

nancy_jester@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us

donna_edler@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us EUGENE_P_WALKER@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us h_paul_womack@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us

Thank you,

Nancy Jester

Don McChesney

Pam Speaks

Paul Womack

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

120 comments Add your comment

Dunwoody Mom

June 13th, 2011
3:42 pm

Richard Belcher has gotten sloppy in his reporting – instead of actually investigating to be sure that what he is reporting is accurte, he taking the word of his “source” verbatim. A “source” who has an agenda. That is poor journalism on Belcher’s part.

Dunwoody Mom

June 13th, 2011
3:43 pm

Good grief, I can’t write today…s/b “accurate” and “he is taking”.

Cere

June 13th, 2011
4:03 pm

Before this – we had Zepora Roberts – former board member – go to the microphone and make a public comment decrying the board’s current choice (she didn’t name him by name at least)… So there’s another leak. What is it with people who openly chat about these very confidential issues and then blab publicly with no fear of retribution? No one – not SACS, not the governor, not the search firm or the chair of the board has uttered a single word of admonishment for such bad behavior. In fact, it now looks like the DeKalb Chamber (which includes Robert Brown and David Moody – both of whom benefited greatly from DCSS SPLOST projects) and WSB (their surprising BFF Richard Belcher) are complicit! I am befuddled and totally embarrassed of the community I live in. I am shaking my head in disbelief.

Good for Nancy and the others for breaking out of their silence. I guess it was either go public or bite their tongues completely off!

Dunwoody Mom

June 13th, 2011
4:05 pm

I would love to be a fly on the wall at the board’s Executive Session right now. Cere’s right – this is embarassing and whoever is doing the “leaking” cares more for their own agenda than what is right for the school children of DCSS.

chillywilly

June 13th, 2011
4:06 pm

I’m not sure if Duron will be a good fit for Dekalb County. Besides, I do not trust Nancy Jester and would be very suspicious of anyone that she endorsed for Superintendent.

Writeyourboardmembers

June 13th, 2011
4:13 pm

Where is SACS?

chillywilly

June 13th, 2011
4:14 pm

To hell with SACS!

Embarassed DCSS Employee

June 13th, 2011
4:21 pm

Our board member(s) who are leaking information exemplify the behaviors that got us into trouble in the first place–no ethics! Can Richard Belcher please expose the leak?!

Tad Jackson

June 13th, 2011
4:24 pm

I hope impressionable children aren’t watching all this adult bad and dysfunktional behavior … happening on their behalf. We’re are the real leaders in the Atlanta area? Real. Leaders.

http://www.adixiediary.com

Smoke Rise Mom

June 13th, 2011
4:24 pm

But what is a poor, dumb school board member supposed to do when they can’t make an articulate, valid argument? They have to leak. That’s the only way they can be effective.

Concerned

June 13th, 2011
4:35 pm

Can someone please shed some light on this. I thought all stakeholders should be aware of and know who the school chief candidates are? WHAT WAS THE SECRET?

Atlanta Media Guy

June 13th, 2011
4:44 pm

Cox Enterprises does NOT like DCSS.. I’m not sure why, since they are located on the DeKalb/Fulton line in the Perimeter CID. I’m sure there are Cox employees who are also affected by this shoddy journalism. I find it sad that Belcher could not get the info, that Jester provided, so the TRUE story on Duron’s tenure in San Antonio can become public. Once again Belcher decided to go with the source alone and not do any fact checking of his own.

Cox/AJC was complicit several years ago when parents exposed wrong doing inside Clew’s leadership circle, an AJC reporter took the 50+ pages of evidence (gathered by a FOIA and that the parents provided the reporter, went right to Crawford Lewis, exposed the parents names to him and then she wrote an article that called the parents “vociferous and loud”. I’m pretty sure the reporter was taken off the DeKalb beat since she might have gotten a bit too close to Clew and the gang.
I’d love to see any emails from this reporter to Clew or his henchmen. More FOIA requests are needed.

The AJC/Cox has not seen “vociferous and loud” just yet. But if they continue this type of journalism, which is preventing DCSS from hiring a GOOD superintendent, the parents will become loud! SACS is nothing, all they want is their monthly payment so they can continue their sham of accrediting schools for “the people”. My question, who gave SACS all the power to pick and choose?

I guess if Belcher refused to produce a news story, the leak could have gone somewhere else. But this is becoming sad and DCSS BOE and leadership continues to be a TOTAL FAILURE!

Richard

June 13th, 2011
4:52 pm

Atlanta Media Guy

June 13th, 2011
4:44 pm
Cox Enterprises does NOT like DCSS..

Then they have plenty of company. NObody likes DCSS.

Atlanta Media Guy

June 13th, 2011
4:53 pm

Hey Chilly! Why don’t you trust Jester? At least she asked the other 3 BOE members who signed her statement, before she released it. That’s more than Tom Bowen has done. Tom just signs the BOE’s members signatures to a statement then releases it, like the letter to the DeKalb legislators about the bill that eliminates 2 BOE positions. Jester had to come out in public and say that she did not support Tom’s response to the legislators. I think it’s time for Tom to step down as chairman of the BOE, his tenure has been a bit rocky to say the least.

Makingadifference

June 13th, 2011
5:07 pm

These are the same four board member minus Nancy Jester that voted to extent the contract of Crawford Lewis with a raise last year prior to the indictment. These board operates on the principal of Democrat verses Republican which will soon change as certain member either step down or face defeat for not representing their voters. Although, Crawford did nothing for five years to improve the academic standing of our children he was given praise by the parents mostly in north dekalb, because he and the board have created a dual school system within our county. The bigggest challenges we face today in the academic achievement gap between whites and black or brown people with no comprehensive plan to close it. In fact, it is the most pressing problems in most racially mixed districts around the country. I bet none of the four board members supporting this guy from Texas has ever visited any school south of highway 78. Until we accept the fact the this is our number one problem and focus on it, DCCS will continue to decline. The Race to the Top dollars are meant to close the acheivement gap and those school systems around the country that have accepted the challenge are doing well and being rewarded for it. As stated earlier, we have too many school programs ( magnet, theme, IBF, etc,) in DCCS. Gwinett County has zero for the most part, they demand that all neighborhood school teach on the same academic level and the children are expected to reach the expectations of the school not the other way around.

chillywilly

June 13th, 2011
5:35 pm

@Atlanta Media Guy – My personal opinion of Jester is that she has a hidden agenda. She reminds me of those hypocrite step up women in Atlanta that are power hungry and fronting for their husbands’ businesses. Thomas Bowen is a very intelligent man and I will take him ANY DAY over Jester.

Harold

June 13th, 2011
5:47 pm

Why didn’t Richard Belcher get some quotes from parents instead of the Dekalb Chamber of Commerce, some of which do a substantial amount of business with DeKalb Schools? Why didn’t Mr. Belcher look into the reason for the no confidence vote?

I know the status quo has been good for some businesses, but it has been disastrous for student achievement, most particularly in the Title 1 schools, and that is what all of this parent unrest is about – declining student achievement and a de facto “dual” system basically split along Title I and non-Title I schools (making it a north/south divide).

In the past, Mr. Belcher has done a good job of exposing some practices that have been/are detrimental to DeKalb students, for example – the pressure on DeKalb teachers to change student grades when the students have not mastered the material. However, this news report was too brief and not well researched. I expect more of Mr. Belcher and WSB.

I agree with that many posters that say the real story is that a sitting BOE member would “leak” information to the news media and to an individual (Zepora Roberts) who has absolutely no official status on the Board of Education. For Ms. Roberts, now no more than a private citizen, to stand up in a BOE meeting and talk openly about confidential information discussed in a closed Board meeting shows that DeKalb Board of Education ethics have been compromised.

SACS is MIA ,and in the end they will be hurt from the fallout as well.

yes i am worried

June 13th, 2011
5:50 pm

makingadifference

If there is a difference in schools above and below 78, it is mostly because the parents in N. DeKalb hold their school board members and the school system accountable. How come there isn’t a steady stream of parents from some of the dismal S DeKalb schools at every board meeting complaining?

Just Saying It Like It Is

June 13th, 2011
5:57 pm

@chillywilly – pretty good idea who you are – present or former member of the Board – and you are a big part of the mess – and a big cause. I really hate to say this but I do believe SACS needs to do some serious investigating – very serious investigating – and the next time Zepora Roberts goes on one of her rants and rampages like she did at the last meeting, DeKalb’s finest needs to escort her right out the door immediately. This is about our children and teachers – NOT you. Whoever is leaking the information to the press and Zepora Roberts need to be removed IMMEDIATELY from the Board.

Just Saying It Like It Is

June 13th, 2011
6:02 pm

And by the way chillywilly, Bowen is not intelligent and not trustworthy. I don’t always agree with Jester but I do know she will listen and she does care about our teachers and students. And by the way, why are you posting on this site when you are supposed to be in executive session. Proves you are power hungry and out for yourself and students and teachers be damned.

chillywilly

June 13th, 2011
6:20 pm

@ Just Saying It Like It Is – Bowen is very intelligent and I support him 100%. In my opinion, Jester is like a snake in the grass. She only cares about the teachers and students in Dunwoody. What good is she to rest of Dekalb County?

Atlanta Media Guy

June 13th, 2011
6:21 pm

Crawford was not given any praise from this citizen who lives in North DeKalb. He threaten to arrest parents at one of his rah rah state of the district addresses, who were handing out flyers that had factual information on his lack of leadership. A fraud of a demographers report during the first “redistricting” battle. it was a cut and paste of a Virginia County’s school district. Did you know Clew never allowed DCSS officials and the DeKalb Planning Commission to speak to one another? For years no one on DCSS staff knew how to operate the software that handles GIS data for population flows in DeKalb. Dan Drake has finally got a handle on this one.

Tyson continued CLew’s practices like hiding of minutes of meetings and the E&Y audit, which he hid from public eye.The Palace staff increased almost 50% under clew. Plus, a lot of these folks had connections (friends and families) and some had no experience in the job they were filling. P-Card abuse, Clew thought he knew how to do that. Do I need to go on? I was so angry at the board when they extended his contract, when all this was crumbling around him. CLew was a punchline of many jokes when he tried to stop the DA’s investigation he called for, when he found out his hands were not so clean after all. So no, Clew was not liked towards the end of his reign of terror for DeKalb’s students.

Harold@chillywilly

June 13th, 2011
6:24 pm

Do you have any facts to back up your opinion? At least Jester is trying to get a new “regime” in DCSS – the old ones have presided over declining student achievement almost everywhere but Dunwoody.

Atlanta Media Guy

June 13th, 2011
6:26 pm

Hey Chilly Willy, do you think Eugene Walker cares about the students and teachers in Dunwoody? He only worries where his next check is coming from. How about the felon that sits on OUR BOE? You think he cares about the students and teachers of Dunwoody? He worried about how many pizzas he can sell to his High Schools. You see this works both ways! These BOE members have constituents to worry about or they do not get re-elected. Plus, some on the BOE want to keep things the same since so many of their family and friends would most likely lose their jobs when an outsider comes in to clean out the Palace!

amazed

June 13th, 2011
6:34 pm

Bowen came right out and said he and the board were incompetent with the whole mess involving Lewis. I agree with him wholeheartedly. Yet he continues to sit in the same position. He did nothing publically after the first leak.

The leaks indicate Walker and Woods supported Cox and Speaks opposed her.

If that is correct Bowen and Cunningham are the consistent no votes and would be the likely leakers.

Its time for the public to put pressure on the board members to reach a decision.

Dekalb Oldtimer

June 13th, 2011
7:00 pm

OK, posters!!!! What now???

#1, #2, #3……what can be done?

NOT WHAT WE THINK NEEDS TO BE DONE, because most of those opinions just cannot happen with the DCSS HOVERING on the the perimeter of catastrophe, primarily because nobody can agree to do anything at all!!!

We all know that DCSS is reeling and hanging on the border of purgatory…Gehenna…Hades ….
The hero, the savior, the deliverer…how does one recognize him/ her when he’/she appears?

What to do…that CAN.. realistically speaking.. be done?

.

Jester the manipulative snake

June 13th, 2011
8:11 pm

ChillyWilly,

I agree she is an untrustworthy snake with an agenda. It is unfortunate the the “other side” on the superitendent issue is making her look good, because Walker, SCW and Jay are looking pretty stupid right now. I do not know Tom, but can understand why he does not want a 6-3 vote.

amazed

June 13th, 2011
8:31 pm

Jester’s agenda right now seems to be to get the board to do what it ought to do. Move forward, hire a superintendent and start cleaning up the mess.

I think that’s a good agenda.

Jester the manipulative snake

June 13th, 2011
8:44 pm

Amazed, I agree. Even a snake with an agenda ends up on the right side sometimes.

Cheryl Matthews

June 13th, 2011
8:49 pm

Jester has to realize as all Board membrs that personal interest like attempting to get out new school at Austin replaced by her home schooll, Hawthorne.She is a big fake, who really doen not do her homework. She just prolong meetings by asking questions prior to meetings. If she need “more Time: she should consider getting a nammy or resigning. She’s certainly no consesus builder. AS a matter of fact, she is doing this Board a lot of harm by dividing instead of embracing and building conseus.

Cere

June 13th, 2011
9:01 pm

@chillywilly – so basically you don’t trust Nancy Jester because of how she looks…. interesting.

I wouldn’t trust Nancy either — if I had something to hide…

@Makingadifference – you are so correct that Crawford Lewis created a dual school system. He was always horse trading so that he could do as he pleased (and we all know what pleased him now…) But you are wrong about a diverse school system. Our school system is barely 10% white these days. It’s 11% Hispanic. A few Asians and some this and that — but nearly 80% African-American. I don’t think we can refer to the school system as diverse anymore. There are a few schools that are diverse, but they are getting less and less so every year.

amazed

June 13th, 2011
9:19 pm

@Cheryl
What you describe is what board members should do. They should ask questions. They should demand more time so they can understand what is going on.

If some board members had asked questions or forced Lewis to give them more time on all his rush construction change orders, maybe Lewis, et. al. wouldn’t have been able to steal so much.

Jester the manipulative snake

June 13th, 2011
9:25 pm

But the truth is Jester does not hide the fact that she is only interested in Dunwoody and her areas. Aren’t they supposed to advocate for all the kids. She is a snake, but right about the superintendent.

Atlanta Media Guy

June 13th, 2011
9:54 pm

A lot of Jester fans online tonight!

Jester the manipulative snake

June 13th, 2011
10:02 pm

She, Jester, certainly has a knack for bringing out the worst in people. Hopefully, she does not have that effect on the students.

Maureen Downey

June 13th, 2011
10:05 pm

To all, If you are going to criticize an elected board member, can it be related to their actions? I will start taking down any comments that are simply character assassination. I think elected officials are fair game for criticism, but the critiques ought to be well-founded.
Maureen

Ed Johnson

June 13th, 2011
10:11 pm

Robert Duron, Ed.D.

Specialized Training:
Refonn Governance in Action, Broad Foundation

http://www.collierschools.com/docs/Duron.pdf

Why does the DeKalb school board want to provide for the teachers to do less than authentic teaching and for the children to experience less than authentic learning?

Ed Johnson

June 13th, 2011
10:13 pm

Reform, not Refonn

Dr. John Trotter

June 13th, 2011
10:34 pm

Don’t wait till the cows come home for Mark Elgart and SACS to do one thing about DeKalb County. Ha! SACS’s so-called “standards” are capriciously and arbitrarily applied. Mark Elgart apparently just strolls down his “Piccadilly” lane and picks and chooses which systems with which he wants to torment, right, Markie? If this is not true, then accept my challenge of you to a public debate on this matter. You won’t accept, will you? I think that you are too chicken to debate me, Mark.

Mandella1099

June 13th, 2011
10:41 pm

I can tell you one reason why no superintendent candidate wants to come to DeKalb:

DeKalb Schools Watch!

say what?

June 13th, 2011
10:46 pm

When things do not go right for one group of BOE members, they use the media. When another group of BOE members do not like something, they leak confidential information.

If the media would not respond to notes (such as Jesters) and remind those who do contact the media (AJc, WSB, Crossroads, CBS46,etc) to WORK with the other members of the board to meet the challenges faced by North, Central, East, West, and South DeKalb. Because the stark reality is DeKalb as a whole is sliding into the abyss, and when jobs leave they leave DeKalb not an area in DeKalb. When schools on the South side fail, the entire DCSS is labled as “Does not meet”.

Grown folk need to get a G R I P! and work together as we tell the children in the classroom.

And, Maureen, thanks for addressing the vile personal attacks.

Harold@saywhat

June 13th, 2011
11:13 pm

I agree. Neighbors in my central DeKalb area are starting to see the effects of the DeKalb School System’s mismanagement. I live in a beautiful, tree lined, safe neighborhood 15 minutes from downtown in rush hour. However, even my neighborhood is getting the message. Motivating the entire DeKalb County area to be proactive is difficult but becoming less so as the school system’s problems are trumping its advantages.

another comment

June 14th, 2011
2:43 am

The only way for these districts to thrive will be to cut them up into smaller more local districts. Otherwise all you have is this race baited war mongering. Districts that are 50,000 -100,000 are too big and just waste too much in administrative overhead. The Districts need to be smaller and no more than 5,000 -10,000 with only one or two high schools. That way you have real community by in. School Boards should be volunteer, not earning $22K-30K a year for attending a few board meetings and making big messes.

Now that we are creating more Cities, we need to have more individual School districts for each of them. Then several of them can share a Vo-tech school. The Superintendant of this size district only earns about $150K and doesn’t have a Palace and numeous Asst. Super., Just the principals. There can be buying co-ops for several districts to get better costs. You would probably find savings, because there would not be so much graft.

Dr NO

June 14th, 2011
7:41 am

Much like the APS, Dekalb is an equally dysfunctional group of idiots.

Dekalb citizens…ENJOY!! LOL!

ozojes

June 14th, 2011
7:49 am

You can have Duron!!! I’m from san antonio, tx and my kids go to the schools in the district that he oversees. You might wanna read this, http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/education/article/Dur-n-draws-support-in-Georgia-1422153.php. How can you hire someone that, got an unsuccessful” review?? Good luck to you, cause your going to need it!!!

Clear Vision

June 14th, 2011
7:51 am

All the Jester haters are just jealous. How can you take the clowns on the board seriously? Half the board cannot speak English properly. Can anyone say, “subject – verb” agreement?!!!!??!! Does anyone believe that these people are capable of running a school district? They are the ones who don’t care about educating all the kids.

Peter J

June 14th, 2011
7:56 am

No politician comes without an agenda – that’s what they refer to as their “platform” and its perfectly acceptable. I don’t care whether anybody likes or trusts Jester, what I care about is that she’s sticking her head out and trying to reform the unacceptable status quo. You don’t trust any politician, you back what they’re trying to do.

Kudos to Jester for and the other three on the letter for trying. There is obviously sabotage going on within the board – with the source of the leaks doing so to brush off candidates and maintain status quo. DCSS needs to make a fairly standard move for educational leadership – bring in somebody from the outside. Outsiders bring the advantage of objectivity, shed light on nepotism (rampant in DCSS), and have a clean slate to consider innovation.

Three cheers for Jester from me.

Dr NO

June 14th, 2011
8:59 am

The below is from ozojez. Give it a read. http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/education/article/Dur-n-draws-support-in-Georgia-1422153.php.

“SAISD trustees recently took no action on a request from Durón to re-evaluate him, essentially upholding an earlier “unsuccessful” review. When asked last week about a tip that he was job hunting in DeKalb, he said he remained “fully vested in Texas.”

AHH HAHAHA!!! LMAO…too funny. Oh yea…lets hire someone deemed “UNSUCCESSFUL” and oh by the way lets pay them $250K for being a FAILURE.

NICE WORK DEKALB!!!

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/education/article/Dur-n-draws-support-in-Georgia-1422153.php#ixzz1PFqx24Ar

truth

June 14th, 2011
9:15 am

Duron’s board was mad at him because he looked for a job in FL. They aren’t much better than DeKalb. His numbers are his numbers and they are better than here.

Atlanta Media Guy

June 14th, 2011
9:32 am

Once again! SACS is a joke! It’s run by a corporation that sells products to school districts. If a school district happens not to like what the SACS parent company is selling, then Mark Elgart could come out and makes a statement that the said school district is in danger of losing accreditation. See how it works? It’s simple. You’re in danger of losing accreditation, unless you pay us monthly dues and you buy our products. DCSS is a PUBLIC school district, SACS is run by a PRIVATE corporation. How did SACS get so powerful? A statement by this moron Elgart can effect housing prices and whether a company would want to move into a particular area. I do not like an unelected official or organization having so much power when it comes to the most important thing, our children’s education.

Question: Should states be in charge of accrediting their schools or a private corporation? Some believe a non-political entity should control accreditation, I agree. People who run for BOE do not run as a Repub, Dem or Ind. however their politics do show when decisions are made. I’m interested in hearing from others. Who should be in control of accrediting our schools?