DeKalb’s Eugene Walker on loss in court today: Constitutional and civil rights at stake

Here is a response from former DeKalb school board chair Eugene Walker to his loss in federal court today:

By Eugene Walker

I am dismayed but not deterred, following our setback in federal court Monday. I respectfully but wholeheartedly disagree with the judge’s decision, and I plan to continue to seek justice through the court system until this matter with the Governor is resolved. This is why:

I was born in Thomaston, a small town in Upson County Georgia. The indignity of segregation and racism was the backdrop of my youth. I swore at that time that I would stand up for my rights no matter the cost. I have not swayed from the self commitment, and virtually all my adult life has been dedicated to service to my fellow man, with a special dedication to education.

I preface this to explain, again, why I am obligated to engage the governor in the court system. It is morally abhorrent to sit idly by and allow the usurping of the one man one vote rights that has been bought and paid with the blood, sweat and tears of my generation. It is imperative that public servants preserve and protect the constitution and adhere to all laws, including the precept of a citizens’ right to choose their representative government. With the current assault of Section V of the voting rights act and the perpetual gerrymandering to disenfranchise races of people, I am compelled to employ every means available to me to protect citizens’ rights. The governor is using SACS and the State Board of Education as a hammer and chisel to chip away at the progress we have made.

No one on the DeKalb County Board of Education, myself included, has committed a crime or misappropriated, misused or misspent funds entrusted to us. Quite the opposite: We have served with honesty and integrity. In fact, this board under the severe stress by the downturn of the economy has worked tirelessly to provide a quality education to our children with a minimum amount of adverse impact on the homeowners of this county. It has not been easy, and there has not always been a consensus. There is no crime in that, rather it is an inherent ingredient in the democratic process.

I don’t feel the governor is personally attacking me. This is not about Eugene Walker. When I step aside through my own actions or through the wisdom of the electorate, I believe I will ultimately be judged on my legacy as an educator, coach, administrator, state senator, state commissioner, pardon and parole board member, in addition to my role now as a school board member. I believe the greatest gift I can bequeath to the children of this school system at this time is a contemporary lesson on civics, civil liberties and standing up for what is right.

If this unconstitutional act is to stand, then what is next? It will only be a matter of time before another constitutional right will be taken away by another wayward and self-perpetuating politico under the guise of the greater good. Minorities should not feel secure if contrived allegations from anonymous sources with hidden agendas can go to private agencies and to have their civil rights stolen away. This cannot and shall not be allowed to stand.

Leadership calls for tough and sometimes unpopular decisions. Such it is with standing up to the power brokers who seek to systematically erode, divide and conquer the voting strength of partisan and racial minorities. If I lose, so be it. But I cannot and will not go down without a fight on the principles at stake here.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

176 comments Add your comment

mountain man

March 4th, 2013
6:22 pm

Didn’t take long for Walker to play the race card.

mountain man

March 4th, 2013
6:27 pm

“virtually all my adult life has been dedicated to service to my family members, creating jobs for them has taken precedence over our students”

Call Me Missouri

March 4th, 2013
6:29 pm

Fight on if you wish, Mr. Walker. Use your money to do it.

mountain man

March 4th, 2013
6:32 pm

“No one on the DeKalb County Board of Education, myself included, has committed a crime or misappropriated, misused or misspent funds entrusted to us. Quite the opposite: We have served with honesty and integrity. In fact, this board under the severe stress by the downturn of the economy has worked tirelessly to provide a quality education to our children with a minimum amount of adverse impact on the homeowners of this county.”

Is he trying to kid us? Minimum impact on homeowners – they are 1/4 of a point below the maximum school property tax! Then they furlough teachers and increase class sizes drastically and STILL run an illegal $14 million budget deficit. They vote for a budget they were TOLD contained erroneous assumptions. I guess he is safe because nepotism TECHNICALLY against the law.

alm

March 4th, 2013
6:33 pm

My only question is who pays for Dr Walker’s appeal?
I hope he doesn’t think it should come out of the school budget. If it does Civics will be the only thing they learn because there won’t be any money left for anything else.

mountain man

March 4th, 2013
6:33 pm

nepotism is not technically against the law

go for it dude...

March 4th, 2013
6:36 pm

it is your right to fight for for your beliefs….but it is not your right to use DCSS education dollars to foot the legal bills. pony up with your own funds…and go get ‘em.

concernedmom30329

March 4th, 2013
6:44 pm

Dr. Walker

For the student’s sake, you need to stop. You insisted that Atkinson be hired and then you worked against her once she went after your most favored employees. Your consistent denials about the poor state of DeKalb’s economy kept the system from moving forward. You are a big part of the reason we are in the mess we are in today, because you build coalitions around half baked ideas and poorly qualified superintendents.

You are busy enriching lawyers. Move on.

Just go.

Shrek

March 4th, 2013
6:45 pm

Sad that his response had to be posted. Seven paragraphs of SPIN, BLAME, DEFLECT. And as another commenter made earlier, I agree the article (not written by MD) Friday night was lopsided walker, Wilson, their arguments, z Roberts, etc etc etc. Bias Alert!

Dave

March 4th, 2013
6:52 pm

This guy ran a school system? He should hire a middle-of-the-road grades-wise kid to edit what he writes.

How in the world is dumping someone who is incompetent a racial matter?

“This is not about Eugene Walker.” Oh yeah it is, from his point of view and people in this county who want a functional school system. They want someone who can obtain that. He wants the income and status he’s enjoyed. If the statute is unconstitutional (and think it may have some problems) he’ll get his money and the rest of us will get our comeuppance. In the meantime, maybe some people that are competent and will do what they are paid to do will be appointed.

Atlanta Media Guy

March 4th, 2013
6:53 pm

Nepotism is not illegal, however Walker should walk away quietly. The system is at the brink of failure due to his lack of fiduciary responsibility as chairman of the board. His lack of focus on the schoolhouse during crisis after crisis was enough. His only answer to everything was to hire more lawyers. For the sake of our county Dr. Walker, take your color blindness and….. RESIGN!

bu2

March 4th, 2013
6:53 pm

I agree the governor shouldn’t do this, but his race card and party card is offensive. Maybe Nancy Jester should complain that all the Republicans are being kicked off the board. His voting rights and gerrymandering comment is offensive. Normally its people like him working with white Democrats to gerrymander out Republicans or working with Republicans to gerrymander out white Democrats. Simply depends on which party is in the majority.

JAWJA

March 4th, 2013
6:56 pm

I have nothiing good to say about the DOB. On the other hand, Deal seems to appoint positions to friends from Gainesville. Does he have any friends in Dekalb to appoint?

Aquagirl

March 4th, 2013
6:57 pm

This is not about Eugene Walker.

I’ll start my diet on Monday!
It’s not the money, it’s the principle of the thing!
The check is in the mail!
No, officer, I have no idea how fast I was going!
Your seafood lime jello salad was delicious!

JAWJA

March 4th, 2013
6:58 pm

Sonny

March 4th, 2013
7:00 pm

Why does the Fulton Boatd get such a free pass as they want to take control of pension via legislative change. HB380

Date: March 4, 2013, 3:28:15 PM EST
Subject: Friday’s Public Hearing on HB 380 at the Fulton Delegation

We have had several emails asking about how things went at the Public Hearing on Friday, so this will be a SHORT, if possible, recap.

Once arriving Lynne Riley, Chair of the House Delegation who originally announced the public hearing, said that as soon as THREE legislators were in the room, the public hearing would begin. While this was announced as a JOINT public hearing of the House and Senate delegation to begin “on the adjournment” of their morning meetings, Representative Riley started the meeting while the Senate was still in session; consequently most Senators could not attend. The 12:00 Public Hearing did start at 12:28 (due to legislative meetings running over) with Representative Riley conducting the hearing. We were told the meeting would last one hour until 1:28pm. There actually did end up being nine legislators in attendance. This did, however, still cause some dismay by those in the “audience”, since we thought that all 30 of the Fulton County Representatives and Senators had been invited. We were expecting, or at least hopeful, that MANY more would be there.

Once the hearing started, to our surprise, Representative Riley TURNED THE MEETING OVER TO THE SCHOOL BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT. Even though they didn’t have to sign up like everyone else, Dr. Avossa, Linda Schultz and their school board attorney were allowed to speak (from 5 to 15 minutes each) with no time limit taking up the FIRST 30 MINUTES of the meeting. Most of what they had to say was just more of the same as what we have heard at the previous three meetings where they presented. After that, the REMAINING 30 MINUTES WAS GIVEN TO THE 14 PUBLIC SPEAKERS WHO HAD SIGNED UP TO SPEAK. All speakers thought they were going to have 3-5 minutes to speak, but were only given a maximum of 2 minutes. They were continually having to adjust their comments while speaking, as Representative Dudgeon (I think) was timing them and holding up fingers to signify their remaining time. Pretty disconcerting!

Our 13 speakers representing Fulton County retirees and current were……., Pension Board attorney Kristina Jones (reading a letter from former Chief Justice Sears) and Bill Sloan, Executive Director of GREA. Retiree ……. was the only speaker asking for the legislation to pass. All of our speakers (in their allowed TWO minutes) did a FANTASTIC job and repeatedly stressed the points that (1) this legislation was totally surprising, (2) there was NO transparency nor public input in the school board’s process to develop the legislation, (3) it is NOT in the best interest of retirees/current employees for the school board to take over our Pension Fund and (4) we need a year to work with the school board to address the differences and come up with some resolutions. Another important point that June Fortson has been repeating and Melinda Freeman brought out was disenfranchisement; the number of retirees who do not live in Fulton County will TOTALLY lose their voice and all representation on the Pension Board should this legislation pass.

After the PUBLIC comments, Representatives Waites and Mabra stated that they too felt that the legislation was moving too fast and that they needed more time and information before an informed decision could be made. Representative Beasley-Teague said that should this legislation pass, retirees only other option is to SUE! Representative Kaiser presented more telling comments when she said that she had not received a copy of the legislation, had not been adequately informed about HB 380 and also HAD NOT BEEN INFORMED ABOUT THE PUBIC HEARING (which made us wonder how many others had not been informed.)

Representative Martin had the most to say. He noticed that the language in the bill DID NOT match the language that the school board was stating and needed some rewrite. He was very strong in stating that “They (the school board) thought they had a winner (in this legislation) that is now a controversial bill.” ” They didn’t talk to their neighbors (retirees, current employees and Pension Board).” “It is now a school board problem.” (Thank you Susie for taking good notes!) Representative Martin also agreed to meet with a contingency of retirees at a later time, even if other legislators could not be present. He went on to mention that if proper changes could not be made to HB 380 after discussions among all of the impacted parties, he would consider removing his name as one of the sponsors of the bill. (If he removes his name, there will not be enough House signatures to move the bill along. There was some discussion among other legislators in attendance if that could be done at this point, but it certainly is worth looking into.) It should also be noted, that Representative Martin stayed after the hearing was over to talk at length with retirees and others in attendance to hear their concerns without the 2 minute time limit.

Personally, we did feel a glimmer of hope after hearing all of the legislators’ comments, but we know we are not home yet. (School board members Schultz and McCain made a beeline to Representative Martin immediately after the meeting.) We will keep up the fight!

Once those of us in attendance last Friday have a chance to further discuss our thoughts on the meeting, we will be in touch about our next actions. Please stay tuned and keep your phones close by and your computers warmed up. :-)

In closing I want to say that we had AN EXTREMELY IMPRESSIVE CONTINGENCY OF SUPPORTERS IN THE AUDIENCE, retirees as well as several current employees, especially representatives from the Maintenance Department! We were a “sea of red,” as someone stated, that the legislators and school board could not ignore! Thank you to everyone who attended. I know it is NEVER easy or convenient to go downtown, especially to the Capitol, AND on a Friday, but MANY people made that trek and showed their support of Fulton County retirees and current employees. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

The Combined NFREA/SFREA Legislative Ad Hoc

Concerned DeKalb Mom

March 4th, 2013
7:03 pm

Dear Dr. Walker,

This is now my 3rd request. Please step away. And show some leadership and convince the other 5 to go with you. If you choose to continue this course, show some dignity and use your own funds and not funds dedicated to educate our children.

Your actions are DIRECTLY impacting the students, the teachers, and the taxpayers. You know that. Do the right thing and step away.

And to the other 5 ex-members of the Board…if Dr. Walker won’t lead the way, step up and lead yourself. Show that the CHILDREN are truly what matters here.

Ginger

March 4th, 2013
7:07 pm

Mr.Walker, I care nothing about you or your position on the board. I care about my children in the DeKalb County School System. Respectfully, please step aside so that we can get some competent individuals on the board. And may I offer that had you cared so much about your position, you should have taken your duties to the students a little more seriously.

Seriously?

March 4th, 2013
7:08 pm

As a BLACK DCSS teacher, you Mr. Walker are confused and are an embarrassment. This has everything to do with the powers that BE robbing teachers and students to take care of the PALACE salaries FIRST. You might want to find a real civil rights issue. This is a financial mismanagement issue. GREEN (money) not BLACK (you).

Faye

March 4th, 2013
7:14 pm

I hope John Evans & the DeKalb NAACP will spent every cent they have to defend this man.

DeKalb school escapee

March 4th, 2013
7:16 pm

“When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.”

Truth Today

March 4th, 2013
7:18 pm

Well, the judge has decided that the six Dekalb board members may be removed and replaced while the lawsuit navigates through the judicial system. This situation will be most revealing in several aspects. The lawsuit will result in the determination of the constitutionality of replacing elected officials with appointed individuals. The replacement BOE members will reveal how the Governor feels about appointing individuals that reflect their constituents. Will Governor Deal appointment replacements of the same racial make-up? If he does, what does that reveal? If he does not, how will the majority Black constituents of DeKalb respond to a obviously blatant lack of consideration for their preferences for constituents. While many may not believe race should be a factor, if everyone is honest, even in America today, one could not imagine the governor of any state replacing a majority White Board with a majority of Black individuals within a majority White district. One has to wonder will the Dekalb majority population concede to the Governor if he is so inclined to move in this direction. Whatever the case, it will be interesting to see how the majority of DeKalb will respond and how the minority of Dekalb will respond. The response of both groups will be very revealing on many levels.

Shar

March 4th, 2013
7:20 pm

Not a syllable about what is in the best interest of the students and professionals of DCSS. Not one iota of regret over his profligacy or the meddling, nepotism and self-dealing detailed in the SACS report. No regret over the abject failure of the DCSS to effectively educate children on his watch, or to guard the taxpayers’ purse.

Instead, a bunch of irrelevant, whiny, self-righteous garbage about the color of his skin.

Dr. Walker, we are judging you not by the color of your skin but the content of your character. It is sorely lacking. Get away from our kids.

DeKalb school escapee

March 4th, 2013
7:22 pm

what’s this part about “No one on the DeKalb County Board of Education, myself included, has committed a crime or misappropriated, misused or misspent funds entrusted to us.”

Nov 6 AJC (this same collumnist!!!!)
Adding to its woes: DeKalb Schools has to repay $910,000 in misused Title I funds.
http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2012/11/06/adding-to-its-woes-dekalb-schools-has-to-repay-910000-in-misused-title-i-funds-and-rumor-about-school-chief-leaving-was-untrue/

Old timer

March 4th, 2013
7:33 pm

Mr. Walker….said earlier…just go….

Dc

March 4th, 2013
7:38 pm

It’s all racism!!!!

RU4REAL

March 4th, 2013
7:42 pm

If you don’t address the issue of Race, then we can focus on the Real Issues, the sad situation at Dekalb County Schools. Black, White, Asian or Hispanic does not matter, what matters is the quality of educations being provided to the Students of Dekalb County. The Teachers and Principals do a great job with the little resources provided by the decisions of the BOE. Sorry my brother, I have 4 Black Grandsons in the Dekalb District, and THIS IS NOT ABOUT YOUR RACE, THIS IS ABOUT THE LOUSY JOB THAT HAS BEEN DONE.

GMan68

March 4th, 2013
7:44 pm

Dr. Walker, What ave you done your your children in the DeKalb County School System? What is the graduation rate, number of students passing the graduation test, average SAT scores, etc. compared to twelve-fifteen years ago. Show the numbers, scores, percentages, etc. to document what your diligent, dedicated, hard work has accomplished.

Concerned Mom

March 4th, 2013
7:44 pm

What happened to abiding by the judge’s ruling, Dr. Walker?

living in an outdated ed system

March 4th, 2013
7:44 pm

It is incumbent on the other board members to distance themselves from this man and his appeal, IMMEDIATELY. Clearly, he is thinking about himself and not the children, and $ should not come from DCSS to pay for his appeal! It is sickening.

The Deal

March 4th, 2013
7:46 pm

Delusional and a liar. I thought he said he would go with whatever the judge said.

Concerned DeKalb Mom

March 4th, 2013
7:46 pm

Dear Ms. Jester,

Many consider you to be an unheard leader on this Board. Show some character. Be the first to do the right thing and step aside. Do the right thing by the children of this county.

RedandBlackPeachy

March 4th, 2013
7:48 pm

I was done after the comment “my right”. Self aggrandizement at the expense of DCSS children. Boy am I glad that I fled Dekalb almost 4 years ago. The school system was the only reason why I left. Loved my home, my neighborhood and living close to my mother. The school system was on a downward spiral then which was getting in the teachers way (those who gave a doggone) to educate. I fled to North Fulton…night and day.

CyaEugene

March 4th, 2013
7:53 pm

So glad this loser is gone! Good riddance and get the heck out of Dekalb County government!

Sandy Springs Parent

March 4th, 2013
7:54 pm

Sonny, Avvossa, Cox and the Fulton school Police have been trying to cover up the extreme bullying of my white daughter by two black girls and as my Pakistaini Doctor has identified the boy’s name as being an “Arab”. My child has witness, only problem is they are Hispanic and have been brought up not to get involved. Fulton County does not want one of their premier schools to come up as having a bullying problem.

Then they do not want to admit that they have a bunch of line jumpers, either. They claim to only have 20 transfers. Oh my I have pictures of an SUV that drops and pics up 7 each morning and afternoon with Clayton County Plates. There is one car that can’t spell Obama right with Fayette County tags. My daughter tells me that there are several kids from Dunwoody. Why would Riverwood publically announce that they were only going to have a grand total of 20 transfers down from 400 this year. The transfers will be limited to current students.

Jack ®

March 4th, 2013
7:56 pm

Walker has a right to demand his rights, but he also has to demand his responsibilities. Apparently, a number of learned folks think he mishandled his responsibilities.

catlady

March 4th, 2013
7:57 pm

Let Mr. Walker and any others who want to proceed on their own dimes. They will need a lot of dimes. I figured he’d work “principles” very quickly.

If the ultimate finding is against the power given the Governor, then Mr. Walker’s expenses may be repaid, less any other money his “leadership” has cost the system.

He also needs to learn how to correctily use reflexive pronouns. A second grade CCGPS.

Private Citizen

March 4th, 2013
8:00 pm

Just an observation, Mr. Walker seems to have usurped / appropriated the concept of “school board” as a civil-rights wedge. This is his stated focus. (?) It’s like a time warp. I agree he has a point about politics circa 1962, but meanwhile today (4th of March) I’m researching how to set the APN and MMS on an Android phone to connect to web browser. I’m a whole lot more concerned about internet distribution in Georgia than with any school board. Maybe internet is the new civil rights (idea!). In many countries outside of the U. S., this is very correct, even being coded into law as “a basic human right” in the most scientifically progressive countries. Me? I’d just like a market environment so that having an internet wire to my home costs less every month than eight bags of groceries. Fun question: How much is the ten-year take-home salary for five people at the top of the Georgia internet monopoly company? Answer: 1 billion dollars. ($20 million+ each per year = $100 million per year x 10 years = 1 billion dollars.) Salary for five humans operating with “no market” for internet wire to the home. PS That’s 20x what DeKalb schools has spent on legal fees – for the salary of five people over ten years. And that money comes from working families. hey but this is the USA where stuff like that happens, and there’s law in Georgia to protect it (no access / no market).

MadDad

March 4th, 2013
8:01 pm

Just another clueless race baiter. I am amazed that he was able to convince people to vote for him. He settled a sequel harassment case. He is a simpleton without a clue. I hope he steps down. He is proving nothing to our children.

jdawg

March 4th, 2013
8:05 pm

“If this unconstitutional act is to stand, then what is next? It will only be a matter of time before another constitutional right will be taken away by another wayward and self-perpetuating politico under the guise of the greater good. Minorities should not feel secure if contrived allegations from anonymous sources with hidden agendas can go to private agencies and to have their civil rights stolen away. This cannot and shall not be allowed to stand.” Change the phrase “private agencies” to “government agencies”, and you articulate perfectly the delima of our nation today. I submit to you Mr. Second Hand, Moocher Walker….that you have been a party to denying people their rights, and living off of the fruits of their hard labor (not yours) for a long long time. This gravy train just pulled into the station, but never fear, your ilk always find more poor and ignorant people to blindly support your narcisistic habits and expenses.

Atlanta Media Guy

March 4th, 2013
8:08 pm

Time for DCSS to forget Dr. Walker and move on. One thing for sure, if I was a Central Office employee or a Friend & Family hire, I would start refreshing my resume. Time to start from scratch! Budget should start with school house, smaller classes, raises and full TSA paid back, after that we can fund a rightly sized Palace!

Appalled

March 4th, 2013
8:10 pm

Dr. Walker,
This is NOT about you! If you care about the children in this county you need to step down. Your principled fight is not going to help the children in this county. It will keep this issue in the media. It will continue to cost money. People (who haven’t already) will flee DeKalb County and its schools. It is NOT about you. Give up the fight. Step down now!

Tom( Viet Vet-USAF)

March 4th, 2013
8:17 pm

Walker – ME, ME,ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mom of 3

March 4th, 2013
8:21 pm

Dr. Walker,
I truly hope you are reading these responses. I think you are a very confused man. What has happened to you has nothing to do with race. I appreciate that you have been fighting that fight all of your life. But times have changed. This is not a race issue. You need to look in the mirror and see that thousands of people who depended on you, believe you have failed. These people are going through extraordinary measures so that you are not able to have a say in 1000,000 student’s education. Those students are black, white, Asian, Hispanic, and more. No body cares what color their skin is and we don’t care what color your skin is. This is a desperate attempt to remove you from a job you are not qualified for.

Bernie

March 4th, 2013
8:25 pm

I am torn about this issue. On one hand I understand the concern of the parents and how this will affect their children going forward, especially for the High School juniors and seniors. and how I would want the issue resolved quickly for their sake.

But on the other hand, this is a very DANGEROUS PRECEDENT for the rights of the voters of Dekalb County and throughout Georgia. This is the beginning of a slippery slope of rule by FIAT!
by a sitting Governor. From that point of view, my sentiment is with Mr.Walker.

Now who pays is another question? To make any change in that authorization prior to any ruling is another precedent of concern. We all must remember that Georgia has a real not long ago SORDID History of not being equal in the treatment of its citizens. The Treatment of African American Citizens have been unabsahedly inhumane and cruel for centuries here. That point cannot be defended in any way. with that being said I would encourage Mr.walker to fight this setback and seek Justice.

Justice in America has not always been easy, without peril, and costly in money and BLOOD!

Its far to easy to go along with MOB RULE!

Justice in America has always come with a FIGHT! It will NOT just be GIVEN TO ANYONE!

One must move forward with determination and courage to face the LIONS! to the END!

Then maybe as it has happened so many times in America. From small corner a voice out of the darkness will say, This is WRONG! Equal treatment under the LAW must be Afforded to ALL American Citizens.

Mr. Walker for your sake and the thousands of Voters in Dekalb County and throughout Georgia.

I Pray, you get the Justice you seek and deserve.

lesa

March 4th, 2013
8:26 pm

I am African American and WE want you to go too. All of you. This is not about race but incompetence and this board is incompetent. Go away Mr. Walker. Retire, Enjoy your grandchildren, but please leave ours alone. The Black community is not behind you, we are not willing to throw our kids futures away to support your ego. GOOOOO Away Please. Far Far away.

Fred ™

March 4th, 2013
8:37 pm

It’s not about you Dr. Walker, it’s about the students. While I am o two minds about this, I would respect your fight if YOU paid for it. Quit taking my money for your fight. If you want donations ask for them, but to use my tax money in this desperate time when the schools lack funds anyway is self serving.

Sandy Springs Parent

March 4th, 2013
8:48 pm

I believe that a nepotism law was passed a couple of years ago so that new board members could have no relatives in the school districts in any administrative jobs. I believe at least AP and up.

The Dekalb school board should pass as a show of good faith an anti-nepotism policy. Most companies have these. People know that when they go to work for the company and if they fall in love and get married one of them will have to quit. The anti-nepotism policy should be retroactive.

A mandatory survey should go out to all employees where under penalty of immediate firing, they are to list all family members, on the BOE with in the past 10 years. This includes children, in laws, ex laws, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, God children, play children. Then there is the automatic tithe to New Birth that needs to stop. The only automatic deduction that needs to be done should be done should be like the Federal Campaign that has absolutely every charity in the world. Then that is confidential. Another reason payroll should be outsourced so deductions are confidential. There should be no individually assigned cars, only pool cars available for check-in and check out and check out. At CDC no one has a car, even the Diector. David Satcher ( the only black Director thought he was entitled to one, in fact he called and asked where his limo and driver was. The sassy property chief Pat politely explained to him that the job did not come with a limo and driver, he was not a cabinet member post. he was only entitled to sign out a pool car once he drove himself to work, he could not take it home. Pat told me no other Director ever had the audacity to feel entitled to ask for a limo and a driver. After all Ted Turner and Jane Fonda came to our 50th annverery party driving a Ford Tauraus. Ted asked where the restroom was he has spilled gas on his hands pumping gas. Jane brought her own apple to eat.

ColonelJack

March 4th, 2013
8:50 pm

I will go out on a limb here, and if I am mistaken, please feel free to correct me. But, since he is now suspended from the Board of Education (and soon to be replaced on said Board), Dr. Walker is no longer entitled to having the School System pay for his attorney’s fees as he fights on. The DCSS is only obligated (if then) to pay legal fees for Dr. Walker as long as he is a member of the BoE. Since, as of today, he isn’t a member of the BoE, then he isn’t entitled to DCSS money for his appeals.

Well, it sounds right, anyway.

blackmomteacher

March 4th, 2013
8:53 pm

Idealism aside, the future of students, families and the county are at risk. It is not one problem; it’s years of poor, short sighted decisions. DCSS culture needs to change (as a teacher, I have said so for years) and change must start at the top. There are many battles yet to be fought regarding justice and equality, but your personal issues are not the apex. You are not entitled to further impede our children’s education, simply to make a point. It is astounding that you offer that you can hold yourself out as a ‘contemporary lesson on civics.’ Demagoguery may make you feel better, but will not revitalize DCSS. Please stop embarrassing yourself.