If you are applying for DeKalb school board, AJC wants to talk to you

The deadline to apply for one of the open seats on the DeKalb school board is tomorrow at 5 p.m. The AJC is working on a story on the process

Here is a note from the reporter:

Are you submitting your name as a candidate to fill a seat on the DeKalb County School Board. If so, staff writer Nancy Badertscher would like to talk to you and likely quote you in a story. She’ll want to know why you want the job, what qualifications you have and why you think you could help get the school system back on track. Please contact her.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

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March 5th, 2013
10:28 am




March 5th, 2013
10:46 am

Such astute commentary, indigo. It’s a wonder you don’t have your own column to write.


March 5th, 2013
10:48 am

If I were an applicant (I am not), there would be NO WAY I’d contact the AJC because my philosophy is not leftist which would open me up to their infamous selective editing.


March 5th, 2013
6:02 pm

No Credentials or Experience Required. Just Bring YOUR CS degrees (LOL) and you are good to go, according to Michael Thurmond.

Unlike Michael’s, your pay package will not be as large nor will it include the same perks along with the GOLDEN PARACHUTE, when you leave.

“We have hundreds of Ph.Ds, master’s degrees. What we need is people with some CS degrees— common sense. Common sense would have allowed them to do the right thing at the right time for the right reasons. Hopefully, I bring some common sense. I believe in three principals of leadership .. It’s the LLL, listening, learning and leading. I’m in the listening stage right now.”

- Michael Thurmond 3/3/13

mary martha wilson

March 5th, 2013
8:35 pm

I clicked on the link for the person who wants to talk to applicants–said there was no such person!

What now?

Maureen Downey

March 5th, 2013
8:42 pm

Idea man

March 6th, 2013
8:36 am

If you really want people who are truely concerned with the future of the school system and the education of the children of that school system then DeKalb Co BOE needs to follow the example of Coweta Co BOE and NOT accept a paycheck period. None of the BOE members in Coweta Co receive a single penny for serving on the school board. Therefore, in my opinion, only those who truely have the best interest of the school system and the students of that school system take the time and their own money to run for a seat on the school board.


March 6th, 2013
4:42 pm


What AJC are you referring to? You called them leftist? That’s hilarious.

Instead of lambasting the Republican governor who removes other elected officials, they rather talk with the candidates that King Nathan Deal will get to appoint, APPOINT to the Dekalb school board. Instead of writing editorials discussing the unfairness and unconstitutionality of this unjust process, they go right along as if a horrible precedent hasn’t been set. Instead of examining the racial component to SAC’s decision to put school boards on probation- (Dekalb, city of Atlanta, Sumter, Clayton) all majority black- they sit quietly like they don’t see what’s going on. 159 counties in Georgia, and yet SACS only sees problems in 4 racially diverse school boards. Just with statistical probability, that’s impossible.

And since the AJC doesn’t have any reporters covering national news (They just carry Associated Press articles), people may not be aware that this same nonsense is going on in the city of Detroit. Again, a white Republican governor there has denied the will of the voters by installing a financial manager to oversee the city of Detroit- which is 83% African-American.

It’s all about control of billion-dollar budgets. Regardless of how people feel about the school board, this process of governors behaving like Dictators and removing other elected officials is a path we have no business traveling. Instead of cheerleading these type of actions, the AJC should be aggressively denouncing them.

But the AJC has a history of this. A couple of years ago they vilified the predominantly black Grady Hospital Board, and eventually they were replaced by a white corporate board of Atlanta bigwigs. The AJC claimed this would bring stability and an infusion of funds to Grady. Of course, the only thing that changed was that white people took control.

Mission Accomplished.

It was never truly about Grady Hospital, just like it’s not about “the sake of the kids in Dekalb County”. It’s nothing but biased reporting shaping public opinion.