State board rejects DeKalb’s ‘deathbed repentance.’ Votes to suspend six DeKalb veteran members

After 14 hours of testimony, the state Board of Education voted tonight to recommend the suspension of the six veteran members of the DeKalb school board. The discussion was short and sweet, and the vote came fast. The recommendation now goes to the governor who is expected to quickly concur.

However, the matter may not end with the governor as the DeKalb board has filed suit to overturn the Georgia law that allows school board removals. There are court hearings scheduled next week, assuring that this drama will drag on for a while.

(At one point in the lengthy hearing, a state board member asked the DeKalb board members not to sue if they were ousted, but Gene Walker said he was not going to relinquish his constitutional rights.)

If you want to read the blow-by-blow on today’s hearing,  go to these three blogs: Morning, Afternoon and Evening segments of the marathon hearing.

Only a few state board members spoke prior to the 9:43 p.m. unanimous vote to suspend all six veterans on the board. That vote came despite a final plea from new school chief Michael Thurmond, “I need this board.”

The state board simply did not buy the DeKalb board’s claims it had seen the light and was now going to work together for the betterment of the troubled district. The state board vote spares the three newly elected members of the DeKalb board, Jim McMahan, Melvin Johnson and Marshall Orson, who have only been in office seven weeks. They will retain their seats.

State board member Mike Royal said, “Would I want my two daughters in DeKalb County Schools and the answer is no. There are nearly 100,000 kids with only one chance.”

State board member Larry Winter called for a fresh start, saying that it would be easier to begin anew than for the current board to unlearn past bad practices. Brian Burdette, agreed, saying that it is an extreme measure to oust a board but DeKalb is facing extreme problems.

State board member Scott Johnson said,  “This board has run from crisis to crisis. When I look at the long continuum of time, I see seven or eight days of improvement. It smacks of a deathbed repentance. When it is down to no other choices to make but good choices, I give you credit for making some.”

The two attorneys in the state Board of Education hearing on the DeKalb school board delivered their final arguments at the end of the grueling hearing.

Bob Wilson, speaking on behalf of the DeKalb Board of Education, made a moving closing statement that we will probably hear again in some fashion. The deposed board members have already sued. Wilson will be in court next week seeking to overturn the law allowing the state board and governor to oust school board members.

In his closing, Wilson said Thurmond has the strength of character to turn the board around. He also said it was a drastic action to undo the will of voters.

“I am asking you take a look at how all these people got here. I look at that flag back there and I think about the young men and now the young women who lost their lives defending it. For what? Freedom of speech, the right to vote, they are right at the top. Somebody wanted these people to be here. They were sent here by the voters. The ballot box must be given huge, huge deference in this county. If it is not, we are lost.”

“Keep in mind, every single solitary one of them was voted on by the public to be their representative for their school system. Before we do something rash — the recommendation throw them out –  think long and hard.”

“I asked you when we stared to  give us your attention and you have. I asked one other thing: Deal with what you have here and just be fair. Everybody in this room who has been here all day has had a certain evolution of learning about each other, about where DeKalb really is.”

“I am not going to sit here and trash the SACS report, but you know there are things in there that aren’t correct. They didn’t ask the right people the right questions. It is not an investigative report. This is a report to a system, to tell a school system what its problems are. It doesn’t have to get every one every thing right. They messed up on the books. They messed up on the wireless.”

DOE attorney Jennifer Hackemeyer won the night as the board followed her recommendation. (Frankly, it seemed that the state board had its mind made up before the 14 hours of testimony based on the speed with which it voted to suspend.)

Hackemeyer said DeKalb board lurches from crisis to crisis. “You heard promises of commitment.  You heard we turned the page. Is there any evidence of sustainability, with all the hard work we know they face to turn this system around? I asked, based on all the evidence, that  you make recommendation to the governor to suspend with pay.”

And they did.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

107 comments Add your comment

bootney farnsworth

February 21st, 2013
9:50 pm

if the board is allowed to stand, DCSS needs to be disbanded and made a ward of the state

bootney farnsworth

February 21st, 2013
9:51 pm

and I’m curious what character Wilson thinks Thurmond has? I’m not seeing it.

DunMoody

February 21st, 2013
9:56 pm

And of course all this depends on the lawsuit winding its way through State and Federal court … all could be moot if Deal is prevented from acting on the legislation.

Dekalbmom

February 21st, 2013
9:56 pm

Suspend with pay? Where is that money coming from? Pay the suspended board, the lawyers, their replacements, severance for the outgoing Superintendent. Tis whole thing stinks and our children and our community suffers the consequences.

Private Citizen

February 21st, 2013
10:04 pm

It’s a new day in DeKalb!

Smoke Rise Mom

February 21st, 2013
10:06 pm

Teacher Lady

February 21st, 2013
10:11 pm

Maureen, thank you for keeping us posted throughout this marathon hearing. I appreciate your thoughtful commentary as well as the ‘blow by blow’ updates.

home-tutoring parent

February 21st, 2013
10:12 pm

Teachers agree, “I have some disruptive students who make it impossible to teach students who want to learn.” Solution, expel the disruptive kids. Send them to work programs.

ChambleeDawg

February 21st, 2013
10:12 pm

Board ploy to hire crony Thurmond did not work, but I’ll be damn if he just might be the best thing they ever did. He, with a new board, might just be what the doctor ordered.. I was not a fan, but today I became one, so here’s to you Mike.

Brokedown

February 21st, 2013
10:14 pm

With Pay……They will love that.

Faye

February 21st, 2013
10:17 pm

To Sarah Copelin-Wood
To take one from your playbook
You lost – we won
Get Over it!

Fed up

February 21st, 2013
10:17 pm

Finally, we can hopefully be rid of some of the cancers. Now up to Gov. Deal to keep those six moving right out the door.

Concernedmom30329

February 21st, 2013
10:18 pm

First and foremost, the board members who voted to hire Atkinson should be tossed out just for that action. She was a disaster.

This system needs a strong superintendent who can stand up to board members and say “NO” your cousin cannot have a job. More importantly, Mr. or Ms. Board Member, you cannot pick the principal at your neighborhood school. Even if you like that person better than the one we think should have the job, the answer is NO.

alm

February 21st, 2013
10:19 pm

Thank God!
If the 6 are really serious about doing everything “for the children” then they would live with it and not sue.

Tucker Guy

February 21st, 2013
10:19 pm

The State BOE did the right thing. The Dekalb BOE needs to go in order for changes to be made. I am sorry to see they did not recommend all of them go. The three new members are just as bad as the other 6.

Tucker Guy

February 21st, 2013
10:19 pm

@aim – If the 6 were really serious… they would have resigned long ago.

Person

February 21st, 2013
10:20 pm

The entire county needs discipline

Concernedmom30329

February 21st, 2013
10:20 pm

Rumor is (and some of these Board Members need to keep their mouths shut) that Thurmond advised BOE not to fight removal. Once the suit was filed, I suspect he knew that they weren’t going to listen to him. I imagine he is relieved to see them go, despite what he said tonight.

Light at the end

February 21st, 2013
10:22 pm

When the six bozos pursue this in court, who has to pay the bill? Will the taxpayers of DeKalb have to pay for the lawyers or will the “Shameful Six” pay for it themselves?

asking for clarity

February 21st, 2013
10:28 pm

So what does this do the the status of DCSS? Who/when decides if the system loses it’s accreditation? And can the school system be accredited if the board had to be removed?

fromsouthdekalb

February 21st, 2013
10:29 pm

I hope Gov. Deal takes this recommendation and suspends the six. I also hope he appoints reasonable and intelligent people to the board. I know the six will challenge this in court, but I want them to realize that they brought this on themselves, and wish they would do the right thing and just walk away. It is time for a fresh start and any attempt by the six to fight this will only make things worse. If they really have the best interest of my son and all students at heart, they will all give up the fight and just walk away, especially Copelin-Woods.

bu2

February 21st, 2013
10:30 pm

Those who said the board had already made up its mind were right. No discussion, a few minutes after 14 hours of meetings.

Very bad news. Now a bunch of legal fees. The state can’t win this. SACS didn’t even keep their meeting notes, which is absolutely astounding. There’s no documentation. We’re in limbo.

Even if the 6 give up, the momentum to kick the bums out is stalled. And we’re stuck with 6 new members appointed by the equally dysfunctional and even more disrepectful of the citizens House and Senate delegation from Dekalb County (watch the video when they were trying to redistrict the school board if you don’t believe me). Rep. Mosby, leader of the delegation, will recommend people that have the same priorities as Dr. Walker. But the voters won’t know that history. I can’t imagine we wouldn’t get rid of at least 2 of Walker/Cunningham/Copelin-Woods in 2014.

And in addition to 3 superintendents, we’ll now be paying two sets of board members, at least if the SBOE gets its way.

And we just got set back 2-3 months on dealing with the SACS issues while the new board members get appointed and up to speed (assuming courts don’t stretch that into 6-9 months).

Comment in Moderation

February 21st, 2013
10:32 pm

If it’s the shameful six paying for the lawsuit themselves then they won’t be hiring King & Spalding….they just lost the ability to spend other people’s money. I would hazard to guess they may be filing bankruptcy soon with their honey pot of money gone….

fromsouthdekalb

February 21st, 2013
10:35 pm

BTW, I feel for Speaks and Jester. I had the opportunity to talk with Jester and she was impressive and seemed genuinely concerned about the state of our schools. I think Dr. Speaks just got caught up in a bad situation and will have to pay the price for the failure of others.

alm

February 21st, 2013
10:39 pm

@Tucker Guy – I agree!
@bu2 ‘I can’t imagine we wouldn’t get rid of at least 2 of Walker/Cunningham/Copelin-Woods in 2014.’
I’d like to think you’re right but I don’t have faith. They’ve each won how many elections?

James McHenry

February 21st, 2013
10:40 pm

The problem is the administrators – people who aren’t good at teaching but get promoted into management (Peter principle anyone?).

Now those people are telling teachers how to run their classes? Sure, that will work…

They will just replace this board with another bunch of ineffective politicians. Sorry, but public education is a joke.

JEM

February 21st, 2013
10:42 pm

Go away and dont come back. I am a retired teacher who has worked in Dekalb. i have worked in four systems during my career. DCSS is by far the worst school system in my experience. The school I was in is not serving the children entrusted to them. There are wonderful teachers there, but the whole culture of the school system filters down to the school. I worked in a school of many refugees who are not having their needs met because those in high places dont understand or care what is needed in a school like this. Maureen, one day I will email you and let you know what is going on there. It is abominable.

LOGIC

February 21st, 2013
10:43 pm

@bu2 SACS followed protocol and presented its report in accordance with its protocol. We don’t have to like it, but I am not worried about SACS. When you look at the fiscal details alone and the votes recorded by the Board, the grand jury testimonies (not just one), there is plenty on this board from an inability to fulfill its legal obligation to the county.

Concernedmom30329

February 21st, 2013
10:53 pm

Bu2
If the appropriate folks are appointed, they won’t take long to get up to speed. It isn’t hard to follow rules and policy if you are capable.

Regardless of what you want to believe, Walker, Cunningham and Woods can’t follow rules. They are not capable. When Cunningham is unhappy with something at one of his schools, he can’t help it. He has to meddle. While his wife and her friends complain about the constant leadership changes at MLK and Lithonia, he is behind almost all of them.

With just those three gone, the children of DeKalb stand a chance. I know you believe that Marshall Orson is a miracle worker. No one can fix the three members I mentioned above. They can’t help themselves and they can’t stop. Ever.

Joe

February 21st, 2013
10:59 pm

Maureen, Is Mr. Thurmond still employed by the Law firm he joined last year of Butler, Wooten & FryhoferIs? Their website says he is. How can you have two jobs at one time? Can you ask Mr. Thurmond?

Ilene Heller

February 21st, 2013
11:02 pm

God bless you, Maureen, for sitting through all of this posturing and drivel. At least the state board made the right decision. Will the governor?

The Deal

February 21st, 2013
11:06 pm

There is still the little matter of a hearing next week.

Chamblee Dad

February 21st, 2013
11:08 pm

The thing that the board never seemed to get, & based on today’s testimony still doesn’t, is that the fact this situation ever got to this stage (today’s hearing & recent leadup) is all the proof any sane person should ever need to see that collectively the board has EPICALLY FAILED all 99,000 students of DCSS, their families & teachers – really our entire community, north & south, black, white, all races, rich & poor. Their collective behavior, spanning a decade, essentially STOLE education from the children of DeKalb. They don’t get it, never did, never will.

And the sad fact is this train wreck will continue before our eyes, day after day, stories by Ty, posts by Maureen, TV trucks in front of the Palace, challenges to the law, strong questions into SACS practices, more & more legal fees, at some point some version of a board is going to need to hire a new super.

Meanwhile those of us who’ve lived through this know full well the next shoe to drop will be the budget that will technically need to be presented by the “super” to the “board” whoever they are, in the next 3 months or so, which will bring back panic in the streets: not enough $$ = more cuts (but where?), more decline in teacher/staff morale, worried parents pricing private schools – that is when the board is in really rare form protecting turf & cutting backroom deals. Mr. Thurmond, the budget, that should be the first thing on your calendar in the morning.

Well, right after, you actually go meet a few of your most important coworkers – the TEACHERS! Unlike the board, they will have plenty to tell you that you need to hear. Believe it or not, they ALL know more than YOU do about educating childen, and they need your help to do it to the best of their abilities, which, as it turns out, is the real job you took. Not as cool as making slick speeches . . . . still want the job?

Oh yeah, sad today to see race really being pulled into the exchanges from so many without any real provocation. I see that getting even worse than normal in coming months.

As so many have said, no real winners today, well, except maybe the lawyers.

Bernie

February 21st, 2013
11:08 pm

Michael’s statement of ” I Need This Board” is a affirmation of an inability to stand alone to perform his duties as Superintendent.

The Superintendent needs a competent and responsible Board as support. An inexperienced Super with a dysfunctional board is even more a recipe for an even Larger Trainwreck than the school system is already enduring.

Michael jump ship Now for the sake of children….You are out of your depth and enviroment to effect any meaniful changes. That fact is glaringly clear with the few statements you have already made.
You can save the system money and wasted time if you would go back to your previous employer now! Why not do it for the sake of the Children?

never too late

February 21st, 2013
11:12 pm

The idea that interim superintendent Thurmond can or should turn the board around is preposterous. The superintendent’s job is to run the organization and the the job of the board is oversight. That Mr. Wilson was making the case that Mr. Thurmond or any superintendent could or should change how the board functions is symbolic of the draconian thinking about how the structure and function of public institutions are run. Let us hope that a new board understands their strengths and limitations. Speaking as a civil servant, the mission to serve in the best interest of all people, especially kids who cannot speak for themselves, is an honor and privilege that cannot be taken lightly.

Two-Tiered

February 21st, 2013
11:12 pm

Do any of you people actually think that ANYTHING will happen to these board members? If so, please let me have you phone and let’s get together to discuss some excellent private property deep within th Okefenokee Swamp that I can get real cheap for you. Think about the demographics…yes…that’s the problem and the answers all wrapped into one neat solution. Lets SACS pull out and pay off the lawyers and other parasites and swallow hard; you ain’t ever gonna solve this problem. It will only get worse. Let’s see: a recent AJC article said that there were 13 or more administrators and other leeches in the DCSS that made 100 grand or better. Good Lord, it is better than a novel of intrigue.

RAMZAD

February 21st, 2013
11:18 pm

This is wonderful news.

What is unfortunate is that this Board problem is not even the issue. Other Counties would have put these six in a large container and rolled it down a hill a long time ago; the problem is that black people, as a rule, do not demand excellence- they don’t demand it from their children, for their pastors, from their government, from their school systems, from their their mechanics or from the people who sell them food. You can jack up anything and put it out front, and black people will spend good time or money on it.

Just drive into any black neighborhood and you will see the mentality that led to these six people being around for almost ten years to terrorize this County.

Mr. Georgia

February 21st, 2013
11:23 pm

Maureen, thanks great job reporting this story. This is unconstitutional! These are elected officials and SACS, the Governor and bitter dissenters have NO RIGHT to usurp the authority of voters who made their decisions at the voter booth with a ballot! A terrible precedent has been set. So let us examine this closely, an unelected, somewhat bias organization, led by one person, who is not a government official and who has no certifiable expertise in determining the functions of a school board, can present his opinion to an appointed board to have the elected board memebers removed. SACS only pulls this kind of garbage in in minority districts with minority board members and when dealing with people of color, African-Americans, in particular. We all need to ask why? This is not right and will not be upheld in a court of law. Every board functions differently and when you have various constituents everyone is trying to their goals met. Let the board work things out on their own, thats what they are elected to do. The critics of the board merely want to divide the pie in Dekalb, allowing the north to form its own board or make their schools charters.

Black Conservative

February 21st, 2013
11:24 pm

I agree with the removal of the 6. But this does not fix the “parenting” problem. When there is a population of parents who do not value their kid’s education, the school system will still lag behind on achievement. Sending their kid’s to school hungry, unclean, in dirty clothes, no homework, no books at home, no-shows at parent-teacher meetings, no participation in PTA and so on. We need to call out those delinquent parents as they are every bit of the problem as these 6 idiots.

Black Conservative

February 21st, 2013
11:25 pm

and thanks Maureen for your reporting on this.

Voice of Truth

February 21st, 2013
11:27 pm

The truth is that the Atkinson Administration has hurt many well meaning employees that were terminated without just cause, forced to deal with an unfair salary reduction on top of furlough days, and forced to work in an unhealthy organization while she enfranchised her friend consultants with funds to advise her cabinet on every decision as if she nor they could not make the decisions that were right for DeKalb’s children. The six Board members may now contemplate on how the employees felt who were arbitrarily and negatively impacted and removed by their one employee without recourse and that with their vote. Karma. What goes around comes around. Hopefully, this will be the start of a better day in DeKalb. Maybe now the educators can work without distraction to lead, develop a balanced budget, and improve student achievement. There are many teachers and administrators in the ranks of Dekalb that are doing the work even through the current reality. They should be appreciated for serving as the stabilizer of the district.

This episode should teach the Dekalb Community to stop looking for external saviors to do what only they can and should do for themselves. That is appreciate your teachers and administrators, support their sincere efforts to improve the district, and stop attacking one another like a person who engages in the emotional disorder of self-mutilation. There are many well meaning teachers and administrators in Dekalb who are there because they care. The community should support and honor them as they lift up the children.

It is my expectation that the current interim superintendent is successful in identifying what the district really needs and in supporting the teachers and administrators who are making a positive difference in the lives of DeKalb’s children. May he listen to and work with the employees and with those who are knowledgeable of the work that will move DeKalb forward. My support is extended to all who will work for the betterment of all children.

Bernie

February 21st, 2013
11:32 pm

RAMZAD @ 11:18 pm – As bad and as painful it was to read your comments, I must admit there is a certain amount of truth in them. This Hot mess in Dekalb county would not have lasted 6months from the previous majority of residents of that county. In no way would that population stood ildly and accepted any of these shenanigans. A dysfunctional Board along with unqualified superintendent, the entire group would have been railroaded out of town before sunset. The Residents of Dekalb County must step up and demand better. Their Children’s future is depending on this crew to right the ship. Unfortunately, this crew will certainly and ultimately disappoint with apologies.

JW

February 21st, 2013
11:40 pm

As a retired DCSS counselor, I agree wholeheartedly that the BOE needs to go! As a DeKalb taxpayer, I do not want my taxes to pay their legal fees! They are so foolish and selfish! @JEM: I have worked in California and Massachusetts public schools. In my experience DCSS is definitely the worst! @James McHenry: Yes, the administrators are also a huge problem! It’s about time Georgia requires that administrators have had at least one full year of school law in additional to exceptional education law, and have a full year course in ethics. These courses are required in many other states!

Voice of Truth

February 21st, 2013
11:45 pm

Reasons why the six should be removed

Jester…the mom with a calculator…is one of the most divisive people on the board. While I give her credit for understanding some aspects of budgeting for utilities, most people who run a household understand this, she has never gone beyond her neighborhood or even had a pleasant conversation with school leaders in her district. She comes across winsome but is latently insecure and does not understand how to build consensus. Her blog is problematic and wreaks of an heir of superiority as it pertains to her counterparts. She describes well meaning educators using the negative term Educrats. She is most disrespectful to teachers and administrators and her actions only breed public distrust of educators. She is wrong for education.

Speaks….hell, I don’t know what she thinks about anything. She is not a leader and should really retire since she appears to have no clue. Being nice is not the only qualification for leading a school district.

Walker….he has lived beyond his educational time and experience.

Cunningham…he is clueless in many respects.

Copelin-Wood….she is well meaning but not very knowledgeable of educational organizations and therefore unclear as to what questions to ask. It is time for her to relinquish are seat.

Voice of Truth

February 21st, 2013
11:50 pm

Edler…she does not even allow her children to attend school in the district she supposedly represents…also, she is not knowledgeable of what it takes to improve a district.

Hopefully, the Governor will find representation from their districts who have experience in governance, education, finances, and leadership….a few young folks on the BOE would be a breath of fresh air and a needed change.

AnonMom

February 21st, 2013
11:53 pm

Speaks and Jester were both “good” BOE members and are probably better than some of the new ones who got a pass… the rest really need to go….. This is probably great news but the idea of funding two sets of BOE members is pretty sickening… along with 3 or 4 superintendents. I actually think that Thurmond isn’t a bad choice — if given a chance and a reasonable set of BOE members to report to, without the ‘constraints’ of “friends and family” (and I think one new member of the BOE is part of “the plan”) — he has the ability and background (albeit not in education) to turn the system around — he may not be ideal or have been my number one choice but he’s got the potential to do much good — he asked for a chance to improve things at Emory-Lavista and I think he may actually be entitled to it. let’s’ get him some supervisors (the BOE) who will allow him the ability to actually do a good job and maybe it will turn around…. (I’m cautiously optimistic this could happen if the Gov follows the state BOE).

Voice of Truth

February 21st, 2013
11:57 pm

@Anonmom…. I respectfully disagree. Board members must be able to build relationships and consensus…Jester and Speaks could do neither….They were ineffective leaders.

The End of the Road....

February 22nd, 2013
12:33 am

This board really doesn’t care about its citizens. This issue is not about race. It is about class. They could give a darn about many DCSS citizens. Everytime a black person does something illegal and gets “caught”, they throw out the race card. Well, if they didn’t break the law-the law wouldn’t be after them. They use the race issue to get other black folks rallied up. Lets face it, black folks still carry the psychological chains of being enslaved, mistreated, ect, with them, so when one of their own throws out the race card, those people begin to reflect on situations that they have encountered. The fact is that the board has messed up the money. They can’t even compete with other districts to get good teachers. Instead, DCSS teachers are fleeing to other metro districts. The top-heavy palace needs to be seriously addressed if the district wants to continue to compete with other districts for teachers. But back to what I said earlier, “Black folks, they could care less about your”. They have money and power, and you have none. They don’t care for white folks, but they frown at poor black folks behind their backs. Good night

Truth in Moderation

February 22nd, 2013
1:39 am

@Mr. Georgia, you are absolutely right!

“Maureen, thanks great job reporting this story. This is unconstitutional! These are elected officials and SACS, the Governor and bitter dissenters have NO RIGHT to usurp the authority of voters who made their decisions at the voter booth with a ballot! A terrible precedent has been set. So let us examine this closely, an unelected, somewhat bias organization, led by one person, who is not a government official and who has no certifiable expertise in determining the functions of a school board, can present his opinion to an appointed board to have the elected board memebers removed.”

THIS IS BAD NEWS FOR PERSONAL FREEDOMS! Start now planning to throw out the elected officials who are participating in this MOCKERY of our Constitution!

Home schoolers and virtual schoolers, Representatives Coleman of the 97th, England of the 116th, Dickson of the 6th, Kaiser of the 59th, and Dudgeon of the 25th ARE NOW PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER 1! They are attempting to overthrow the current Home School Law! Remember, virtual schoolers, you use the home school community for your socializing and network of extracurricular and academic activities.We did the hard work to pave the way for the freedoms and great opportunities you now enjoy. IT IS TIME TO SUPPORT THE HOME SCHOOLERS IN THEIR HOUR OF NEED!
Light up the switchboard!
SAY NO TO HOUSE BILL 283 where it undermines the home school law: SECTION 23
WE NEED NO CHANGES. THIS IS A DANGEROUS POWER GRAB! If you decide to try to leave a bad school system and home school, it will no longer be a safe haven of academic freedom!
CALL TODAY!

RAMZAD

February 22nd, 2013
2:36 am

What is very profound is that the system worked. These six dictators even went to court to keep the power to continue terrorizing DeKalb County children, but- thank God for white people, who had the conscience and the good judgment to remove these six scoundrels, on the behalf of black children; might I add.

The bigger issue is whether black people will recognize what just happened- the selection of Mike Thurmond and the constitution of a new Board as opportunities to hold this new outfit accountable, and support them by being responsible parents and support efforts to rebuild the education system in DeKalb County.

The verdict is still out, but if I was given a guess it would be that most of the parents don’t even know that this revolution has been on the gas stove- meaning that most of them are fast asleep.