UPDATE: AJC reporter Ty Tagami will be following the story about schools (those “with hair on fire”) targeted by Cobb County for intervention due to their performance on things like discipline and testing. If you are a student or the parent of a student at one of the four schools, or if you are or were an employee at one of them, please contact Ty. He’s looking for quotable sources and also for people who want to talk about the situation without seeing their names in the paper (or online). Reach Ty at 404-526-7739 or e-mail him.
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I love the line that the new Cobb school chief used to describe the schools that he feels need immediate and intense attention: “Schools with hair on fire.”
After meeting today with the new DeKalb school chief, it seems to me there could be a lot of change ahead for metro systems. (We will have to see what changes the new Fulton superintendent has in mind for his district.)
Here is a brief excerpt of the new AJC story on Superintendent Michael Hinojosa’s Marshall Plan for Cobb:
The schools, according to a list obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution under the open records act Wednesday, are: Pebblebrook High, South Cobb High, Lindley Sixth Grade Academy and Powder Springs Elementary.
“This is not necessarily a punitive thing, but it is a serious thing,” Hinojosa said. “These schools popped up as the ones that need the most support.”
Pebblebrook is a magnet for performing arts. South Cobb, which just opened a new center that shelters freshmen from the rest of the students, is known for its famous alumni, such as former Gov. Roy Barnes. Lindley has undergone several attempts at improvement. A few years ago, the school was split off from a standard sixth through eighth grade school. Uniforms were introduced, and boys were split from girls. Powder Springs failed to meet federal testing benchmarks and tumbled onto the “needs improvement” list last year.
Teams will go into them to monitor teachers and student behavior, such as activity in the hallways. They’ll develop methods for improvement, Hinojosa said. One example, if students are tardy to class, the teams will develop systems to ensure they get through the halls and to their classrooms on time.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog