Fulton school chief: Reflections on Newtown, school safety, balance and life

Robert Avossa

Robert Avossa

Here is a piece by Fulton Superintendent Robert Avossa on the tragedy in Newtown:

By Robert Avossa

The recent events in Connecticut have shaken us all, making us realize just how precious a young life is and how we have a great responsibility to protect it. This tragedy is a parent’s and an educator’s worst nightmare.

While parents have always carefully dropped their children off at school or to the bus stop, they may now hesitate, taking one last moment to hug or kiss their child before they send him or her along the way. School employees are now more alert and aware of unusual people and sounds, and law enforcement officers and first responders are extra watchful in protecting those they serve.

Though national headlines have alarmed us, we should be reminded that school violence of this magnitude is very rare. It’s natural to question school safety in the aftermath of such a terrible tragedy, but the reality is that our schools are still one of the safest places a child can be, and it’s because of deliberate efforts made by our school system. It’s easy to lose sight of that as we see and hear the sad stories of young children and teachers who were lost too soon.

The fact is, Fulton County Schools works continually to improve its safety measures so that students and staff members are afforded the safest learning environments possible. This was occurring before the Connecticut tragedy and it will continue every day afterward. We know that learning and teaching cannot happen if students and teachers do not feel safe in their classroom.

Like many school systems, Fulton County Schools has a well-qualified internal police force with 65 officers that are specially trained to work with students and serve their unique needs. Each school also has a regularly practiced safety plan, which includes locking exterior doors and requiring visitors to sign in upon arrival and exit. In addition, comprehensive video surveillance systems help keep students and staff safe, inside the school and out, and the recently passed SPLOST sales tax is providing new technology to allow instant background checks of all volunteers.

But the truth is, school safety is not limited to installing additional cameras, locking more doors or having an officer inside every school. School safety is part of our everyday activities, such as when students, teachers and staff are mindful of their surroundings and are quick to report anything unusual. It’s when safety drills – whether for fire, severe weather or intruders – are practiced throughout the year. It’s when school staff is prepared to render CPR and other life-saving aid.

It’s reasonable to desire increased security at every school, but we must find a balance between providing stronger security measures and keeping the school an engaging place that is conducive to learning and teaching. We must be diligent in our heightened awareness, yet not be hyper-vigilant to the point that we overcorrect our processes and overreact.

Our context of school safety has changed, and so must the conversation around it. Now, more than ever, our school leaders, mental health care professionals, community advocates, and political leaders must come together and focus on what is right for our children. School safety will be strongest when it is no longer a buzz word in the media but is instead the shared focus of our entire community.

Our hearts grieve with the Sandy Hook Elementary School community. There are many lessons yet to be learned from this sad event, but some are ones we already know within our hearts. Life can be fleeting and the future is unforeseen. As our schools shutter their doors for the winter break, please spend these precious extra days with your family. Rejoice in your traditions, create new memories, and know that your children are loved and cared for by those in the Fulton County School System.

–from Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

29 comments Add your comment

Educator

December 20th, 2012
3:39 am

To create an environment for students to be loved and cared by those in Fulton County School System, the teachers in Fulton County School System should be loved and cared as well.

The other day, when I read the comments about Ronnie Wade, Fulton County School System’s Chief Human Resource Officer, I was very sad to see the way teachers were treated. The fact that derogatory words like “Pintos” are used against teachers and the teachers were asked to be like “Ferraris” was totally unacceptable.

See the comments here on an earlier blog post by Maureen:
http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2012/12/11/none-of-the-four-georgia-finalists-in-race-to-the-top-district-competition-emerge-winners-today/

It is important that our teachers are treated with respect in Fulton County School System. If teachers are not happy, how can we expect them to create a happy and lovely environment for our children.

Words doesn’t mean anything when they are not supported by action.

Robert Avossa should understand that for him to give bonuses to teachers, cook italian lasagna in school visits, write articles to media and do many other PR work will not take him anywhere unless he starts treating our teachers with respect that they deserve. The fact that quality teachers are talking about leaving Fulton County School System is worrisome.

Parent and Educator

December 20th, 2012
4:33 am

The fact that Robert Avossa promoted Felipe Usury to the police chief position is not matching with what he is saying on this article.

Usury is the same officer who admittedly didn’t investigate allegations of abuse against special needs students in the school system. How can we feel safe when the child abuse cases are covered up by asking school police not to investigate further? It is beyond comprehension that Robert Avossa promoted the same police officer to the police chief position. It just does not sound safe.

Thanks to parents who followed up this issue, the teacher who abused special ed student for years was indicted last week. Other parents received millions because of their settlements with Fulton County School System. One other parent started a federal lawsuit and asking 10 million dollar. Now taxpayers has to pay for this as well.

Seems like the investigation will involve even more people soon. Obviously, it wasn’t only the teacher but the people who didn’t investigate, didn’t report and covered up are responsible for this mess.

If things are investigated throughly and everyone kept responsible for their actions, then we can feel safe. I can’t forgive Robert Avossa for promoting Felipe Usury. It is plain wrong!

Pride and Joy

December 20th, 2012
5:52 am

Even if we had armed guards at every school as many have suggested, it wouldn’t keep kids safe.
Look at Mary Lin elementary. There isn’t even a fence arond the school. Anyone at any time can just walk up on the playground, to the window of a classroom and start shooting. Coan is the same way. Not even a fence around teh school.
Even if we have a fence at both schools, an assault rifle can tear through a fence. A scope makes it possible for a sniper to get in the window of a building and pick off students in the playground or shoot them through windows. No armed guard can stop that because guns don’t have to be up close and personal.
The answer is to stop selling guns to citizens. Only law enforcement should have guns.
All those who want guns in schools — go make your own private school way out in the woods so you cannot harm any of we parents and children who don’t want to live your gangsta livestyle.

nice

December 20th, 2012
6:11 am

now that is a very well written and thoughful response; no political statements but a sincere note on education and the community

Thank you

Private Citizen

December 20th, 2012
8:02 am

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living in an outdated ed system

December 20th, 2012
8:31 am

My only comment is a general one: in this situations, I think the philosophy of “less is more” should be followed when it comes to public statements by school leaders. I’m not sure that philosophy was followed herein.

Concerned Parent

December 20th, 2012
10:48 am

The truth of the matter is that the only reason Robert Avossa is a superintendent of Fulton County School System is because he is a graduate of non-certified Broad Superintendent Academy. Otherwise, he has no tangible achievements to justify his position.

http://thebroadreport.blogspot.com/p/broad-superintendents-academy-graduates.html

http://schoolmatters.knoxnews.com/forum/topics/most-recent-broadtrained

http://dianeravitch.net/2012/07/27/does-the-public-have-a-right-to-know-about-broad-academy/

Attentive Parent/Invisible Serfs Collar

December 20th, 2012
11:13 am

I find it hugely hypocritical for someone who is pushing the Transformational Outcomes Based Education implicated in Columbine and so many of the other tragic high school shootings to write such a letter.

North Fulton is precisely the sort of Upper Middle Class community where kids develop Axemaker Minds, logical abstract minds full of facts about history and literature picked up from travel and the dinner table. The model of Teaching for Excellence being promoted by Avossa was created by Spence Rogers based on Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi psychological manipulation via the classroom known as flow. Its purpose for the student is trying to limit the rational mind and push tasks that engage the emotions and create new values to push the world away from capitalism and towards a much different, collectivist future. One that eliminates the more noxious aspects of Marxism.

I happen to have a copy of Csik’s book Finding Flow and it is quite graphic about what he intends for the student and classroom. Why is his philosophy being pushed by Avossa in Fulton Schools? The classroom will be attempting to override the minds developed at home. That has produced tragedies elsewhere or at least been a common factor.

If another tragedy occurs in another upper middle class school pushing Transformational OBE, will you pretend this could not have been anticipated?

Did you know Spence Rogers cites Mao Tse Tung in his books as an example for leadership to emulate? Is that your philosophy as well? If not why do you have him training high school teachers in your district?

I know exactly what Ct, Paducah, Kentucky, Littleton, Co; and other places of school tragedies were pushing on high school students. As long as you still intend to force it on Fulton Schools you have no right to write such a letter seeking cover.

In light of Newtown this would be a good time to move away from Csik’s concept of Excellence or Dewey’s Quality Learning.

Joel Klein said Fulton, by seeking a contract with Amplify, is looking to create new kinds of minds. Is that your intent in pushing technology? Do you wish North Fulton parents and students all had mushbrains and were not paying attention? What do you find wrong with an 1860s mind?

You told the Broad Foundation you were looking for a “level playing field in American education.” What does that mean for Fulton students? UNESCO says such equity requires the emphasis be on social and emotional learning. That certainly fits with the language of Fulton’s charter once the unappreciated defined terms are sorted through. Is that your intent?

These social engineering experiments of psychologizing the classroom have a tragic history.

Why hire Cambridge Education unless Fulton is intent on implementing UNESCO’s vision of Education for Sustainability? Have you told taxpayers and parents and the School Board what that really entails?

All the above may seem harsh but they are legitimate questions for sought practices that already are implicated in too many murdered students.

If you are playing with fire, douse the flames. Do not tell us you have firefighters on call.

Attentive Parent/Invisible Serfs Collar

December 20th, 2012
11:19 am

I left out the part where Spence Rogers in his book Motivation and Learning says his work is based on Csik’s and recommends all teachers read Csik’s book Flow. So that’s not my interpretation.

Just continuing my role as the Miss Marple of education investigation. Especially after Newtown and what I know about what was going on in James Holmes’ high school.

Dr. Cletus Bulach

December 20th, 2012
11:27 am

All humans have five basic needs with caring and control being the two central needs. Caring behaviors in schools are lacking. Many teachers believe the board and administrators do not care. 50% of students believe their teachers do not care and they also think the other students do not care about them. Teachers have little control over anything outside their classroom, and some do not have control of their classroom. Students have little control of what happens at school. They must study what they are told to stuey and must obey the rules.

What is it like to go to work as a teacher or got to school as a student and not have your caring and control needs met? How does that affect your motivation?

The shooter in CT believed his mother cared more for the kindergarten kids at the school where she volunteered (his caring needs were not being met) and she was going to have him committed to an institution (his control needs were not being met). When a person’s control and caring needs are not being met, that person will act to get them met. The CT shooter did that and the end result was tragic.

In school system after school system we have teachers, administrators, and students whose control and caring needs are not being met. In our book (2nd edition) we describe how to create a culture and climate where these two basic needs and the other three needs are being met.

I am listed to talk more about this on radio talk shows. Here is the info about that:

Shooters and why they do what they do?

Guest Opportunity: Dr. Cletus R. Bulach – Noted Social Psychologist and long time Educator

Social psychology is the study of how individuals behave in groups. These attacks are all about an individual who attacks a group. Why?

Clete Bulach can discuss this topic by answering the following questions:
• What causes a person to get a gun and kill others?
• What causes a person kill themselves?
• What are the five basic needs of all humans that if not met can cause such a tragedy?
• Which of these five basic needs can often be the catalyst?
• Is there a difference between events like this and bullying behavior?

Meet Clete Bulach
• Dr. Bulach has 40 years of experience in public education and a doctoral degree in social psychology, educational leadership and curriculum
• Dr. Bulach has thirty years of experience in the classroom, principalship, and superintendency in Ohio and 10 years as a professor
• Researching how leaders interact with groups has been Dr. Bulach’s research emphasis producing many publications on these topics.
• The second edition of his book, Creating a Culture for High Performing Schools: A Comprehensive Approach to School Reform and Dropout Prevention is currently in print on how to create a high performing school culture
For more information on Clete Bulach, please visit his website: http://www.westga.edu/~cbulach

Attentive Parent/Invisible Serfs Collar

December 20th, 2012
11:31 am

I had written about Flow back in July because a subsequent book of Csik’s with Howard Gardner and William Damon said these education reforms are “trying to direct the course of the future” which would also account for the tragic effects.

http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/what-if-higher-order-thinkingdeliberate-confusion/ is that post and it also explains what the term Whole Child and holistic mean.

Also being discussed in Fulton schools along with the new 3 R’s–Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships. Also a phrase full of unappreciated meaning.

Concerned Educator

December 20th, 2012
12:05 pm

For those who know Avossa will know that how he treats people is far from this nice article he sent to AJC. I have seen him shouting at people including ladies several times for simple reasons. They will also know that Avossa continuously do PR as this is the only way he can keep his position after all. He uses power to carry his ideas in school district. In his eyes, he is always right and if not, then he finds the reasons so that he is right again. Not an educated way to work with educators.

What makes me sick is that he used this national tragedy for his PR.

Good for kids

December 20th, 2012
3:58 pm

Hopefully we do all remember to hug our children a little longer, forgive a bit quicker, and spend time living in and loving the moment. Dr. Avossa’s message there about the most poignant and immediate lesson is spot on for me.
I am not sure about Ron Wade situation and do wonder about respect for teachers. It concerns me. But, I think that is a different topic for another day. I hope it will be examined. I also don’t know about the police promotion situation. It may be related to the system’s ability to exhibit strong leadership in school safety so hopefully it too will be considered carefully.
What I do know for certain is that the invisible serf commentary is so monotonous and so out there as to be concerning. If you are an attentive parent who really believes all this doomsday stuff about where we are headed in Fulton and elsewhere then pull your kids, for to battle the mush brain is too epic for even you. The connection you make between ANY approach to education and columbine is downright scary and reprehensible. There appear to be loose associations, possible cognitive distortions and seeming obsession with such a conspiracy theory. For your own sake, ask yourself how others receive this information when you share it. Are you able to gain any momentum for action to address these concerns when you talk to other parents? Or do they lose interest and avoid talking with you in the future? You seem so single-minded, and I wonder why.

Beverly Fraud

December 20th, 2012
4:06 pm

Maureen, from a journalistic ethics perspective, if you or the AJC are aware of the allegations of teachers in regard to Ronnie Wade, shouldn’t this have been brought up with Avossa before allowing him to submit what basically is a PR piece?

Not to mention Invisible Serf’s Collar’s critique…

Attentive Parent/Invisible Serfs Collar

December 20th, 2012
5:01 pm

Good for Kids-I am quoting from the books and materials being cited as the authorities for what Avossa is pushing.

Charlotte-Meck used Spence Rogers and now he is doing teacher training in Fulton. I am simply quoting him and Csik. I don’t talk to parents unless they ask me what I know.

If you do not want to read it, skip it. But if there is another tragedy, I will have tried my best.

Single minded? If I was single minded I could not have figured this story out. It took a great deal of knowledge in a whole lot of different disciplines.

You are free to call me a mush brain if you would like. I do not really care.

What conspiracy theory? If I am asserting there’s been a conspiracy, it’s because I am reporting people insisting they are conspiring.

I personally think Avossa is a mediocre man willing to push anything that will get him his next promotion. Each at a greater salary. He has a series of education degrees from open admission schools. Big whoop. He also seems to have a chip on his shoulder given his tendency to alternate between black stares at impertinent direct questions and acting artificially jovial.

My points were quite specific above and all are factually based.

I wrote stories on Flow and on the new 3 R’s long before I knew Fulton was doing this. I do not write about Fulton. I just recognize what the antecedents are of the policies and practices Avossa and his compliant principals are pushing.

Beverly Fraud

December 20th, 2012
5:26 pm

@Attentive Parent, you are actually making me revisit one Mr Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. I saw a quote of his called The Waste of Free Time, about (as I recall) people let life passively happen by idly watching television.

Didn’t seem bad at the time…

Has anybody yet to actively engage you (rather than reflexively dismiss you) as to why your point of view isn’t the way to go about education?

Attentive Parent/Invisible Serfs Collar

December 20th, 2012
6:40 pm

No. Many principals may not know the background of what they are pushing but the creators are quite specific on what the intentions are. And I track back to that point. You may have read my joke about tiptoeing through the footnotes but that’s what I do.

I am like a Platinum used book customer. I even get to see which library the book was withdrawn from in many instances.

So if something is troubling I read the cites and try to locate. It turns out Bill Spady wrote a book that amazon only seems to be able to locate if you already know name and title. I was doing some research on an overseas site and they mentioned it. With title and author I located. I decided to look at it this afternoon after I finished going back over an essay Csik wrote involving “The Domain of the Future.” Darn chilling but if Rogers says he’s the inspiration and Rogers has carte blanche to train Fulton’s teachers, I need to look at him. Hard.

Spady mentions Spence as being a fellow person non grata when OBE got so much negative publicity. He also explains how Aurora, Colorado was a Strategic District for piloting the transformational version of OBE. He gave more details than what was in those early 90s Educational Leadership stories.

I am genuinely worried about all this. It will not create the desired political utopia and since the economy is not a fixed pie and we are undermining what makes it work at all, this is a catastrophe building apart from the personal tragedies of an education template that literally has a body count tied to it.

Pretending it doesn’t makes the next tragedy a matter of where and when. That’s absurd. An education credential is not a magic pass to psychologically manipulate the kids and limit what they know. Even though that is how this model shapes up in practice.

I did have someone ask me to prove what I was asserting about Boyd Bode and I did.

And someone argued I did not know what the Common Core math curricula was about. I said I did and let’s discuss and they never came back.

Who on earth would build the case I have made without layers of proof? I did not go looking for this. It found me after I got lied to one time too many. Piloting anything in a school or college my children attend is a bad idea. It turns into an information gathering means. Which is precisely what Avossa’s tenure as Super has produced.

Private Citizen

December 20th, 2012
9:20 pm

I do not think we are being told everything about the Newtown tragedy. News has a person stating there was a second person, wearing “camo” etc, arrested from the woods. If you think about this from a certain angle, it was achieved with a precision one might have trouble attributing to a 20 year old kid. Point is we’re get the “lone wolf” scenario, as has been used many times in previous tragedies. What happened to the second person? There’s also video of an officer up there saying they will arrest anyone who counters their official story of things. Anyway, keep your eyes open folks(?). Seems we’re getting a “formula” version of this event. What’s up with the second person? Was this an “op” from some organization? Seems a little much for a troubled kid to conceive and to achieve in the way it is being reported, particularly considering reports of another person there dressed in para-military garb? Hey everybody did you know the lady on BBC broadcast that 9/11 building 7 came down, she reported it on air 25 minutes before the building fell out of the sky. You can Google it, etc. if interested. ‘Weird stuff going on, lots of weird stuff that does not track logic. When the news reports the news before it happens, I’d say something is up, whatever that means.

Private Citizen

December 20th, 2012
9:24 pm

hey collar, being a teacher and going through the brainwashing training is really heartless. I sure hope Fulton schools is not taking their teachers and putting them in this blender to get their brains scrambled. Sounds a little extreme, but there is nothing friendly about it.

Private Citizen

December 20th, 2012
9:29 pm

Pay outside firm to brainwash teachers. Ugh, yah, makes a lot of sense (not). PS When did Georgia school systems decide it was acceptable to round up teachers and do weirdo brainwashing training on “new initiatives.” Many old timers have been through this stuff 20 times and can you the name of each one. I tend to just blot it out of my mind, but if I had a dollar for every time I was introduced / promoted / indoctrinated / and informed of some “new initiative” I’d have enough $ for a nice dinner for two are the Polaris restaurant. I sure wish government schools administration would stop acting like a cross between Mao’s China combined with a Madison Avenue marketing agency doing a promotion.

Private Citizen

December 20th, 2012
10:53 pm

Collar, both Fulton and Dekalb have superintendents from this “Broad” training school? Maybe the public should know more about the agenda of this place, who runs it and who funds it, and who writes policy for it. http://www.broadeducation.org/

“summary is designed to help parents and other concerned citizens better understand the Broad Foundation’s role in training new superintendents and other “reform” activities, and how the foundation leverages its wealth to impose a top-down, corporate-style business model on our public schools.” http://parentsacrossamerica.org/a-guide-to-the-broad-foundations-training-programs-and-policies/

Fled

December 20th, 2012
11:21 pm

@Beverly: Avossa did not write this fluff, as we both know. If you want entertainment in large quantities, keep your eye on a certain ex-AP from Northview, with major educrat longings, who moved to the Sup’s office to mouth the party line and, of course, to “help more kids.” LMFAO. I’ve been hearing interesting things. What about you? BTW, I completely agree that Avossa should answer some questions about Ronnie Wade, but maybe he is just too busy loving and caring for the children and working through piles of applications from NASA scientists.

@Invisible: We are on completely opposite poles politically, but we both want students educated so that they can become critical, independent thinkers capable of coming to their own conclusions. Your use of sources is admirable, and I usually read your posts carefully. Whenever one hears something outrageous about the motives of educrats in Fulton, one’s first impulse is to dismiss it because it seems just to wild to be true. In the end, however, Fulton Schools continually impose ideologically driven programs of and for failure on teachers and students. Personally, I decided that, no matter what, my children would not attend those schools. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.

Had enough yet, teachers? Give up. Throw in the towel. Flee.

Private Citizen

December 21st, 2012
8:47 am

There should be a law making illegal for superintendents to write letters to staff and press releases when they have someone on their staff write it and then they sign there name to it as author. This is called plagiarism or misrepresentation? Irony or ironies that it is accepted in school management where the bosses are telling the teachers what to do and the bosses openly practice this type of intellectual fraud. Really makes the boss look like an empty suit or a corporate strategy figurehead.

I do not know anything about Mr. Avossa, but I have seen how another superintendent is Georgia issued deep well-thought-out letters to staff and then someone told me that the ’super was not writing their own stuff. Have we really degraded to this point in education? It is really uncomfortable to be sane and capable and work in the type environment where a head boss does fraud and then is telling you what to do – like “back off” from teaching real information and ability to kids. In a perfect world, competent teachers do not need meddling bosses. I have seen / experienced so much of it, these “top heavy” work environments, bosses run amok harassing teachers. This is practically an industry in Georgia.

Private Citizen

December 21st, 2012
9:01 am

Someone should make an online photo-shop app to take any superintendent’s photo and paste it into the center of the flag in this picture: http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/MSNBC/Components/Photo/_new/pb-121217-north-korea-06.photoblog900.jpg

PS Satire is a time-honored good and healthy thing.

NTLB

December 23rd, 2012
1:26 pm

What an opportunistic method of fluff PR on Avossa’s behalf. Fulton County DOES NOT and HAS NOT cared for their teachers within the last decade. The turnover rate has inflated and quality instruction has decreased.

Caring about student safety does not mean treating your well experienced and highly qualified educators like second class citizens.

Caring about student safety does not mean replacing veteran teachers (with excellent classroom management skills) with poorly trained novice teachers.

Caring about student safety also does not mean hiring inept administrators via nepotism and political favors.

Parent_for_reforming_public_education

December 26th, 2012
4:23 pm

Attentive Parent:

Avossa’s letter was about school safety.

Your attempt to blame school shootings on particular theories of education is typical of extreme right wing attempts to use any means necessary to distract us from the threat that assault weapons with 30-round clips pose for our children.

But whatever your motives, you make a number of accusations about writers that are simply untrue. They not only obscure the reasons for gun tragedies to which Avossa and others are calling attention, but also misrepresent particular individuals and what they have written.

Here are two examples. I’d cite others, but you don’t provide links so I had trouble even finding any of your other references:

1. “Spence Rogers cites Mao Tse Tung in his books as an example for leadership to emulate”

On page 41 of his 1999 Teaching Tips, Spence Rogers cites the quote “A sign of a great leader is that everybody else thinks it’s their idea.” At no point does he ever say Mao is an example to emulate, he only uses this quote as an occasion to argue for involving students in planning learning activities.

See:
http://www.teachingforexcellence.com/2012/10/focus-on-leadership/

The idea that a 1999 book that quoted a sentence widely attributed to Mao in a discussion of involving students in lesson plans led to the Columbine shooting is weird.

2. “Finding Flow and it is quite graphic about what he intends for the student and classroom”

What do you mean when you say “graphic”?

Csikszentmihalyi researches creativity. He crunches a lot of data to come to conclusions about how people can live good lives in Finding Flow. Actually, he is someone who promotes the classics. I found where he writes: “The sacred books of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and the Veda are the best repositories of the ideas that mattered most to our ancestors, and to ignore them is an act of childish conceit” but at the same time he says it is important to realize that they are not absolute truths.

So I’m stuck wondering what you mean by “graphic”? It seems to insinuate something untoward, but there is nothing remotely like that in Finding Flow. Do you mean “specific”? Here is someone complaining that there are not enough specific methods in the book:

http://www.enlightenment.com/media/bookrevs/findflow.html

In other words, this is also a complete red herring.

I do think that somewhere after video games, peers, parents, teachers, movies, music, churches, television, and blogs, educational theorists whose work might have been used in training programs some teachers at the school might have attended MIGHT have had some influence on the kids in the school. But yeah, you might as well blame Ted Kaczynski’s dental hygienist for his bombing spree — the connection is that tenuous. But even if you want to make that point, your attacks on educational theory should be based on what they actually say, not weirdly suggestive misrepresentations of them.

And Avossa, whatever you think of him, is simply telling people about the safety measures in the Fulton schools. Which actually is something that it makes sense to do right about now.

Involved Parent

December 26th, 2012
8:06 pm

Does anybody know why Cenntennial High School’s principal resigned last week? He was a great principal loved by everyone. I am concerned because seems like too many quality educators are leaving Fulton County School System. Reading earlier comments I saw that broad superintendents hire mainly TeachforAmerica teachers. Does anybody know how many teachfoamerica teachers were hired by Robert Avossa so far. Seems like Robert Avossa changed almost everyone in the administrative level.

Robert Avossa is not a wiseman for sure. All he hires are people who will do exactly what he says. Nepotism at its best.

Involved Parent

December 26th, 2012
8:12 pm

I heard that Robert Avossa is not happy at all because teachers are directly going to community meetings and talking to board members about their complaints. It is hard to understand why he is disturbed by this but apparently he is. Someone should tell Robert Avossa that there is no dictatorship in America.

fultonschoolsparent

December 27th, 2012
12:52 pm

I also heard about the Centennial principal and how well loved he was in his community. This is the kind of person we need in Fulton, not the young inexperienced administrators that have been brought in since even just before Avossa arrived. There is a major talent drain going on in Fulton. It’s a real shame.