So, did you see new DeKalb school board in action tonight? Looked sharp to me. What did you think?

Good questions from new DeKalb Board of Education members at their inaugural board meeting tonight, which I watched online.

The board voted unanimously to end its involvement in the lawsuit challenging the law that enabled Gov. Nathan Deal to oust six members of the board. That vote ends payments to the attorneys in the lawsuit.

It seemed that many folks were at the meeting to cheer on the new board, including the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis.

The six members appointed by the governor asked lots of questions, all of which were focused, relevant and pointed.

I was impressed with the questions from Deal appointee Thad Mayfield. He was quick in his analysis and offered strong points in the protracted discussion on the financing of portable classrooms and the maintenance of them.

Board member Marshall Orson — one of the three members elected this past fall — requested DeKalb terminate its status as a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the state. The board vote puts a stop to the payments to attorney Bob Wilson. However, the case may not go away as suspended board member Eugene Walker has said he intends to pursue the legal battle.

The board did not vote on the contract with Success for All, agreeing to give school chief Michael Thurmond time to figure out if the program is working. Thurmond said he is getting mixed responses from schools about the value of the program so he needs more time before deciding whether to renew the contract with Success for All.

Thurmond suggested DeKalb could consider Success for All for those schools that want it rather than imposing it system-wide. A stumbling block was that the program was introduced by the administration without input from teachers and some were not happy about it being forced on them, said Thurmond.

In fact, Success for All advises that schools have an 80 percent faculty buy-in before the whole-school reform program is introduced, something that Kathleen S. Howe, Deputy Superintendent, Division of Curriculum & Instruction, said didn’t happen in DeKalb.

“We just have to go back to square one on many, many decisions that were made,” said Thurmond. “It is hard for any program to succeed if the people charged with teaching and implementing are not supportive of it.”

Next up was the role of school advisory councils in principal searches. The board had a first reading on a policy change that would allow for more community input in principal searches.

“We are going to have to be very careful in crafting regulations to provide advice ” said Thurmond. “Ultimately, the job of hiring principals to run schools should be made by the superintendent and the Board of Education.”

Thurmond noted that a candidate could appear to be excellent, but there may be confidential and damning information in the hands of the district that cannot legally be shared with the parents.

There were also first readings on policies expanding opportunities for the public to interact with the board.

During board comments, board vice chair Jim McMahan thanked the new board members  for stepping up and “being part of the solution for improving our school system.”

New board member Karen Carter thanked the staff for providing information. “It makes such a difference when you are the new kid on the block.”

Carter said she came back to her desk after her swearing-in last week to find a note from Christopher Mitchell, apparently an infant. The note said, “I will be starting kindergarten in 5 1/2 years. Please have everything fixed by then.”

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

120 comments Add your comment

bu2

March 20th, 2013
8:54 pm

I agree.

Dr. Morley did seem to have some trouble with grammar. I hope those 2 or 3 instances were isolated and not a pattern. We all mess up sometimes. I watched off and on and there were good questions. There also seemed to be some good direction to the staff from Thurmond. They were doing things that should have been done decades ago.

The Deal

March 20th, 2013
9:04 pm

Thurmond was reasonable and well-spoken. Orson likes to hear himself speak. McMahan and Johnson obviously take their cues from Orson. Mayfield and Erwin were impressive. No one except Johnson and McMahan made me cringe. All-in-all, a definite improvement. Solid decisions and good discussion all around.

James Jordan

March 20th, 2013
9:10 pm

…but may look sharp but can they educate? I doubt it…!

bootney farnsworth

March 20th, 2013
9:10 pm

not sure Ellis is someone you want in your corner right now.
makes you wonder if anything works in DeKalb anymore.

DunMoody

March 20th, 2013
9:12 pm

Very pleased with their professionalism, demeanor, and focus on the entire district rather than individual fiefdoms.

Centrist

March 20th, 2013
9:12 pm

Good to hear.

“The board vote puts a stop to the payments to attorney Bob Wilson. However, the case may not go away as suspended board member Eugene Walker has said he intends to pursue the legal battle.”

He won’t hire an attorney with his money – but no doubt some scum will rise to the surface to get his/her name out there and do it for the publicity.

mountain man

March 20th, 2013
9:17 pm

“The board voted unanimously to end its involvement in the lawsuit challenging the law that enabled Gov. Nathan Deal to oust six members of the board. That vote ends payments to the attorneys in the lawsuit.”

Good start.

mountain man

March 20th, 2013
9:18 pm

We get Dekalb straightened out and we can refocus on cheating APS.

Dekalb74

March 20th, 2013
9:28 pm

Too many rubber stamp unanimous votes in my opinion.
$1,250,000 annual service contract for copiers? That was an easy target for dissent that was missed. They could replace every copier with new ones for that amount.

living in an outdated ed system

March 20th, 2013
9:30 pm

@Mountain Man, funny you should mention APS……

Straight from the AJC today….

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/aps-principal-resigns-over-grade-inflation-accusat/nWyc3/

Centrist

March 20th, 2013
9:30 pm

Anybody know if this halts the elevation to the Supreme Court until Walker or somebody hires a new attorney?

The judge sent up and questioned whether the Supreme Court would take it up – but maybe that is now moot without a plaintiff. But no doubt some lawyer will take this up.

Claudia Stucke

March 20th, 2013
9:37 pm

It’s also encouraging that Thurmond wants teacher input/buy-in before committing to Success for All. Over the past few years, we’ve thrown money at instruction, grabbing the current silver bullet, only to abandon it for the next silver bullet, without pilot-testing first and/or without proper training in its use (e.g., America’s Choice, among other programs). Here’s hoping . . . .

Chamblee Dad

March 20th, 2013
9:39 pm

I watched & in general I was pleased. It seems so many want everyone in the central office fired, every contract terminated & continue to rehash every bad mistake by everyone. Yes, I want the house cleaned, I want the contracts, including SFA, to be reevaluated – with some terminated, some extended, some revised, some rebid in a way that makes financial & educational sense – we can’t just go nuclear option. And mistakes & worse by employees top to bottom, they are there for Thurmond & next permanent super to be considered as hopefully every employee in administration is analyzed – and many canned or reassigned.

But the more I think about it, I’m going to pledge to not post a comment daily that Tyson should be gone. My posting repeatedly isn’t going to make it happen. Constructive communication to the super. & the entire BOE, that is a better use of my time. Now I just checked & as of 5 minutes ago still no BOE contact info. especially e-mail, on the website. If they want to address transparency that would be a good place to start.

But overall, I think not a bad 1st meeting. When I think back to starting my last 2 jobs, less than a week into it, I don’t think I came off super sharp. Part of what will happen is each member will come to fill a role, or several, and work as a team, at least I hope.

But systematically getting down to business, in general I liked what I saw. What did the critics expect or hope for? one of the 9 going nuts & channel Al Pacino: “I’m out of order? You’re out of order! The whole meeting’s out of order!”

mountain man

March 20th, 2013
9:40 pm

Yeah, Living, that’s what I was talking about. I shouldn’t be surprised…

Bernie

March 20th, 2013
9:43 pm

In every Horse race, All who leave the starting Block seem like Winners! A few times around the track
identifies the Losers. lets see who they will be.

Right now my money is on the first one… Michael Thurmond.

mountain man

March 20th, 2013
9:44 pm

“Over the past few years, we’ve thrown money at instruction, grabbing the current silver bullet, only to abandon it for the next silver bullet, without pilot-testing first ”

And all the while they refuse to address the REAL elephants in the living room: discipline, attendance, social promotion (they could just learn from APS and have principals threaten teachers unless they give students passing grades they did not deserve).

Curious

March 20th, 2013
9:45 pm

Centrist, the board’s decision to ask the court to remove the school system as a plaintiff will have no bearing on the Supreme Court acting because the case was brought with two plaintiffs: the School System and Eugene Walker.

The old board previously had voted (7-1-0) to fund the whole shebang. Now it appears that the board’s intent is to stop funding the suit (in addition to having the school system removed as a plaintiff). But the weirdo wording of the agenda item does not say anything at all about ending the contract with the lawyer. That contract does allow the board to terminate it, so maybe I’m being overly skeptical.

Lee

March 20th, 2013
9:45 pm

Sounds like a good start. Interesting observation that the SFA program didn’t have “buy-in” from the teachers. Maybe that is a sign that teachers opinion will matter? Time will tell…

Chamblee Dad

March 20th, 2013
9:49 pm

@myself “Constructive communication to the super. & the entire BOE, that is a better use of my time.” That is AFTER I’ve first done all I should at my own local school, which I always try to do, with my own kids & the rest of the kids & parents & teachers. And our new principal – who seems great by the way, I know the administration has madeat least one good hire recently.

But advocating for & supporting the whole system, as best I can – in addition to my work at the home school, I will continue to do so. This ship hasn’t sunk yet & I’m not just going to rearrange deck chairs.

Tim

March 20th, 2013
9:50 pm

I don’t know why these threads are shutting down so fast. You barely get a chance to respond more than one day.

Continuation from other thread:

@Jono

I would love to see you try and deconstruct every line.

No surprise that you have no comment on the state of Georgia being ranked 48th in SAT scores, but yet only the racially-diverse school boards in metro Atlanta are being sanctioned. The Governor Mckinney analogy was used to point out the hypocrisy of people on this blog. Because you don’t like the members of the Dekalb Board, it’s all fine and dandy for them to be illegally replaced by the governor. You use the charges against former Dekalb officials as if that is some kind of justification to have our voting rights taken away. The justice system will deal with them, that is no reason to nullify my vote. Let’s just throw electoral laws out the window as long as you personally agree with the decision, right?

“About the racism bit: I’m not buying what you’re selling. The DCSS is majority black; as are their clients. They have problems. Deal with them.”

Well of course you’re not. Regardless of how many examples are cited, you will not lift your head out of the sand. It’s all just coincidence to you. And the citizens of Dekalb never got a chance to “deal with them”, because Deal took it upon himself to do it for us.

“Financial mismanagement” could probably be levied against almost every school board in this state. Cobb and Fayette counties are in debt. Do school board members in the other 155 counties all get along while singing Kumbaya? SACS’ selective enforcement is downright despicable. Other school systems are in debt, and other school boards argue and bicker too. And they face no punishment by SACS. If you can’t clearly see the racially biased attacks that SACS is committing, it’s because you’re walking around with blinders on.

@bu2

I threw Morris Brown in there because “financial mismanagment” was the main reason given for stripping their accreditation. At the time in 2002, they were $23 million in debt. I wonder how many colleges today have even more debt than that, and why doesn’t SACS seem to care? Around the same time, SACS also targeted Grambling State, another HBCU. There is no telling how many colleges are in debt today. I haven’t heard a peep from SACS. And when Emory University admitted to cheating last year by inflating student data to boost their rankings on “best” college lists, what did SACS do? Nothing. People have totally forgotten about that, because the media made sure that you would.

Chamblee Dad

March 20th, 2013
10:16 pm

BTW – I did watch Jester’s live blog, & she did 3 things:

1- Tried to graciously receive thanks/praise/boarderline worship – not her fault, & she handled it well, really what is she supposed to do? chase all the kids off the lawn with a broom. But really people, I voted for her, but she has a cult of personality trailing her around unlike few former school board members – ever, or anywhere.

2- Occasionally chime in that people needed to simmer down, and some needed to, &

3- Didn’t give any snarky advice/criticism to the new board, at least not this time, and I didn’t expect it, I’ve never seen her as being that way.

The other posters fell into these categories (and you know who you are):

1- The worshippers of the “Mom with a calculator” who are ready to start a petition for her to be reinstated, run for state senate, or be super. of the new (if it happens) Dunwoody school system.

2- People who seemed to want to be disappointed “more of the same” “this sux” “what a joke” & on & on, thirty minutes into the meeting – often the same people as #1, as in “this sux . . . we need Nancy, she really cares about the kids” apparently some of the 9 have already proven that they are not for good education.

3- A few saying “hey, let’s give them a chance” sometimes mocked.

4 – The voice of reason, with objective, well-thought out comments, weighing in with substance over style: “you keep calling for Howe’s head, but play out the scenario, what could she have done?” And no that wasn’t me, I didn’t post, but a big THANK YOU to KG, maybe you should host your own live blog next time.

Concernedmom30329

March 20th, 2013
10:30 pm

Because of federal student loans, colleges are required to have accreditation and part of that is financial viability. Many colleges have been in trouble across the country, mostly small schools. Some have even closed.
Messing around with data for rankings is not something accreditors look for.

Cobb County is not in debt from an operating or construction budget perspective.

.http://www.politifact.com/georgia/statements/2013/mar/15/joellen-smith/cobb-e-splost-advocates-use-no-debt-argument/

Please watch and study some of the other school systems in Metro Atlanta. They function well, are managed better and minority and poor students learn more and score better on tests. You should care about the last fact.

dekalbteacher

March 20th, 2013
10:31 pm

I was encouraged by the questions asked by Coleman, Irwin, Mayfield, Morley, and Carter. But I think their ability to determine relevant questions and articulate them illustrated Dekalb’s biggest problem: too many people who don’t know what they’re doing are still in charge.

How is Brantely in charge of technology? He couldn”t provide a legitimate rationale for exteniding this copier contract. Orson had to explain that there is an on-line tracking system for technology problems (but I think Orson was wrong in saying that Dekalb tracks copier problems).

Did Wilkins ever provide a comprehensive answer to Coleman’s, Mayfield’s, or Irwin’s questions?

Does anyone else think it’s problematic that the person in charge of curriculum and instruction when SFA was first implemented is admitting that there was no buy-in and that schools that may not have needed it got it? If she wasn’t in charge of the county’s most expensive instructional intervention/reform package, then who was?

Since it was acknowledged that surplus and modular units have not been well managed for years, why are so many ineffective people (Ramona Tyson included) still earning generous salaries?

Chamblee Dad

March 20th, 2013
10:34 pm

@Tim You are still free to post on the old threads from the last few days, some sort of hop over to the next thread right away (these days mainly DeKalb), others tend to linger on for 2-3-4 days, finally slowing down to nothing.

Dragging something over to this thread on tonight’s meeting, rehashing your fight with Jono & bu2, much off-topic, is just wasting others time. You can post back there, maybe people will read it & even respond, maybe not.

I’m not even responding to the race deal, I hope others don’t either. You’re not changing minds, we’re not changing yours – agree to disagree on that.

But I will add – when it comes to Georgia education, we range from super great to pretty sorry, from system to system & even school to school, but using SAT scores as a true measure of that isn’t the best way to see where we stand. I’m not going to lay it all out here – but do some research yourself as to the percentage of students taking the SAT from state to state. You start taking that into account, and you’ll see that if you have a low percentage take it, and they are mostly students that are college bound, well do the math, your SAT scores look much better. Georgia suffers from that. Doesn’t totally fix it, but we’re far from 48 when you really break it down. Now WHY so many take the SAT here in Georgia, that might be a good topic for another time.

SWGA Parent

March 20th, 2013
10:36 pm

So glad to see that the new Dekalb BOE voted to remove themselves as Plaintiff in the suit against the State. What foolishness on the part of Eugene Walker to prolong the foolishness in suing the state for his poor leadership at the helm of a sinking ship.

Maureen Downey

March 20th, 2013
10:41 pm

@Dekalb, I thought the implication in the Success for All discussion was that it was bought wholesale for the district by Dr. Atkinson. I doubt Dr. Howe could have overruled her boss on that.
I also took Thurmond’s comment — quoted in the blog — about having to go back to square one as a reference to top-down management decisions that seemingly occurred without any real discussion or elucidation. In some instances, I thought that department heads were stuck defending practices and policies in place long before they arrived.
Maureen

Concernedmom30329

March 20th, 2013
10:47 pm

Maureen is right, Atkinson bought SFA to the system and no one was given a choice. I know several people who emailed SFA and reported that the system was in violation of SFA’s position on teacher buy in. SFA claimed Atkinson had assured them that teachers were on board. They were not asked.

The Board was notified of this and yet the vast majority voted to go with SFA. (Tim, here is another example of mismanagement.)

Is it no wonder SFA is Atkinson’s new employer?

ShooShee

March 20th, 2013
11:01 pm

The thing is, this whole SFA thing is suspicious. A half million dollar contract. Crammed down teacher’s throats. Followed by Atkinson going AWOL and abandoning her job. In order to keep up appearances, our dumb board gives her a $100,000+ exit package and acts like they had a mutual agreement. Next thing we hear, she has been hired by SFA!

So hoping the new board is really sincere, ethical and strong. Wish them luck!

Mandella1099

March 20th, 2013
11:08 pm

@Chamblee Dad

Did Ms Jester acknowledge that she is still getting paid by the school system?

Mandella1099

March 20th, 2013
11:10 pm

@Concernedmom30329 – Second that emotion – It was all Atkinson for SFA implementation in DeKalb

Outraged Mom

March 20th, 2013
11:13 pm

I went to the meeting but left before it was over. What I saw and heard gave a little hope. Questions that were asked were well pointed and I think more tough ones will be coming.

I was however upset about the purchase of 67 Ford Fusions. I would like to know who is going to use them. Is it cheaper to give a car allowance? It said this was part of the aPproval in Splost IV to upgrade transportation. Most people like myself thought this wAs for busses and maintenance vehicles. Maureen could we investigate this.

The Deal

March 21st, 2013
12:10 am

Outraged Mom, I agree. The SPLOST documentation calls these cars “support service vehicles”. This doesn’t sound like cars to get administrators from place to place. This sounds like cars for people like tech support who are based out of the central office and dispatched to schools when they are needed.

Dunwoody Mom

March 21st, 2013
12:10 am

The comments here make me are so sad – proof that our expectations are so low that people were actually happy with the performance of the BOE tonight.

While we are buying all of these Ford Fusions has the school system made sure all HVAC systems in the school are working? All roofs in good repair and do not leak? ARe all bathrooms in every school functional? It seems to me that the purchase of vehicles, especially for Area Supers, should be at the bottom of the SPLOST priority list.

And Chamblee Dad, I can only speak to my comment about Nancy Jester and promoting her for Superintendent of Dunwoody School Systems – these were comments made in jest. You might not want to take things so seriously.

Melanie

March 21st, 2013
12:23 am

Nancy Jester has not resigned as she reported that she would. She is still drawing Board member pay, free cell phone & computer. Come on Jester, where is our computer? How much are you wasting DCSD money that could go to the students, teachers and most of all the children? Maybe a few textbooks and a computer! Resign, return all of our stuff or maybe you are holding out and hoping the Judge rules in favor of WALKER and ou will be reseated on the BOE. You are a joke!!!!!!!!!@

Tim

March 21st, 2013
12:38 am

@Chamblee Dad

I don’t even know when the post appeared, nothing came up on my end when I sent it. Now I see it finally appeared in the original thread. But it’s the same subject anyway, so how is it off-topic? And the “race deal” that you would like to pretend does not exist is obvious to many of us. We don’t have the luxury of avoiding it. So since you don’t like it, let me repeat it: 159 Georgia counties, and SACS only feels the need to pick on 4 with majority black school boards- city of Atlanta, Dekalb, Clayton, and Sumter. Out of 159, how is that possible without selective enforcement? Especially since the entire state of Georgia ranks at the bottom in education. And yet, only the metro Atlanta counties (not the mountain or rural counties in southeast Georgia) are having their accreditation challenged. It would be comical if wasn’t so ridiculous.

And as far as this selected school board, of course they voted to end the lawsuit. They are not going against the man who appointed them, even though the hypocrites know the law is unjust. They just get to waltz in there and sit on the school board, WHEN THEY DID NOTHING to win the position. They didn’t go to community meetings, put up signs, print out flyers, go door-to-door, make phone calls, or spend one dime on the campaign like elected members have to do. And it’s actually a question about whether Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act should be upheld? Unbelievable. Just look at Exhibit A: Dekalb County. The most progressive county in Georgia which voted overwhelmingly Democratic in the last election, just had their votes nullified and school board members selected by a Republican governor who resigned from Congress while under an ethics investigation. And you actually have people on this blog acting as if nothing is wrong with that. It’s really hard to fathom.

howdy1942

March 21st, 2013
2:36 am

Tim – please stop your rant! Seems like you have many issues that concern you, but not many others. You will have the opportunity to vote for your man/woman in July 2014. It is yet to be determined if the action Governor Deal took was Constitutional or not – the Georgia Supreme Court will decide this. One Federal judge, appointed by President Clinton, doesn’t think it is illegal, but didn’t make a conclusive ruling. He did say that the 99,000 students in Dekalb faced much greater harm than any of the suspended board members.

Georgia Mom

March 21st, 2013
4:07 am

Honestly I left early after the building tear down was approved 9-0. Some of the board members should have been aggressive enough to table most of the items due to being new and said they wanted to read intensively more on all issues. They seemed very lost and when you are lost you should not just say yes. I don’t know who created the agenda but the board was very much manipulated last night. I was prepared to be positive but I am not so positive. They know how to buy vehicles and tear down buildings but the issue of putting technology in the classroom seems to be an extreme challenge to these folks. Tyson even implied it would never happen we just have to put something in the report saying we would do it. The whole process last night made my stomach turn. I am very disturbed by a board who will yes things without requesting to read more and frankly when it looks like he’s not getting his way a superintendent that will act crazy, which he did. If the board does anything they should put in standards for being superintendent mainly the person have a PHD in educational administration from the best college possible. This is crazy the board new they were going to be ousted when they appointed this superintendent. He needs to be dismissed.

dougmo2

March 21st, 2013
5:05 am

Dr John Trotter starts pimping MACE in 3-2-1….

dougmo2

March 21st, 2013
5:16 am

Now the board needs to pass or create an ethics or anti-nepotism policy and terminate anyone who was hired because of this new policy.

Maureen, when does the AJC plan to light a fire under Paul Howard’s butt and actually get him to start investigating the APS cheating scandel? It seems to me that all he is trying drag the investigation along hoping nobody notices.

Kenneth Stepp

March 21st, 2013
5:46 am

Maureen
Great article. I do hope Dekalb County can continue moving in the right direction. Time will tell.

jmac83

March 21st, 2013
6:20 am

So, I’m assuming that the three carried-over board members initially voted in favor of suing against the Georgia law, and now that the tide of popularity has shifted are quick to join the other side? Good to know we can count on them to stand on principle.

teacherwantingachange

March 21st, 2013
6:28 am

Doesn’t SFA allow for more money to go to people who don’t teach classes?

If this is the case, I would have liked Thurmond to explain this to the board. From what I can tell, many of last year’s instructional specialists are SFA facilitators. Last year, many of these certified educators made more than we classroom teachers do. Dekalb doesn’t publish such salaries, so we don’t know how much they’ve been making this year.

And shouldn’t Howe have explained the difference between a class with x number of students and one teacher and a class with more students and a teacher and an SFA facilitator?

If there really is change, then there really should be clear explanations.

mountain man

March 21st, 2013
6:43 am

“Maureen is right, Atkinson bought SFA to the system and no one was given a choice. I know several people who emailed SFA and reported that the system was in violation of SFA’s position on teacher buy in. SFA claimed Atkinson had assured them that teachers were on board. ”

But it is clear that Atkinson lied. And the old Board hired Atkinson. And THEN Atkinson got hired by SFA, even though she lied in order to make the sale for SFA. All school systems should boycott SFA for hiring Atkinson, it is just another (expensive) gimmick program that will not work because it does not address the true issues of the county.

Outraged Mom

March 21st, 2013
6:44 am

Some of the Ford Fusions were going to transportation who need to go out in the field which is valid but also to regional supers. I don’t agree that the supers need to have cars. When you are in a budget crisis you cut back on items like this.

mountain man

March 21st, 2013
6:47 am

“Now the board needs to pass or create an ethics or anti-nepotism policy ”

That would be another plus. Start with the policy we have at our work: no family member can work where their supervisor is a family member.

Then start a comparison of salaries paid to other surrounding counties (also compare # of workers – board secretaries, for example) and see if Dekalb is in line.

Come on,. Tim, start telling us there are no problems in Dekalb and it is all the fault of whitey taking advantage of the poor black man. Let those black kids do whatever they want. They don’t need no education.

mountain man

March 21st, 2013
6:51 am

“I don’t know why these threads are shutting down so fast. You barely get a chance to respond more than one day.”

Not only that but the replacement articles are about lame stuff – President of Agnes Scott comments? Then I guess this parent trigger bill is a special favorite of Maureen’s. I am still waiting on the article on the supposed changing grades over at APS, there was a general news article, but so far Maureen is silent on it.

The Drum Major Instinct

March 21st, 2013
7:01 am

Good luck to the new board. It was good to hear that the focus is back on the
kids and not egos. To the Super keep doing the right thing and don’t get side track
with politics and foolishness. This is an opportunity to restore DeKalb Education
back to the top.

To the parents of my South DeKalb lets get on board with the new Board of Education
and provide guidance, wisdom, and participation in the education process. Lets make
sure we hold the board and the super accountable for education for all the childen of
Dekalb County.

Wake up everybody no more sleeping in bed no more time for thinking
time for thinking ahead.

Georgia Mom

March 21st, 2013
7:37 am

Honestly I left early after the building tear down was approved 9-0. Some of the board members should have been aggressive enough to table most of the items due to being new and said they wanted to read intensively more on all issues. They seemed very lost and when you are lost you should not just say yes. I don’t know who created the agenda but the board was very much manipulated last night. I was prepared to be positive but I am not so positive. They know how to buy vehicles and tear down buildings but the issue of putting technology in the classroom seems to be an extreme challenge to these folks. Tyson even implied it would never happen we just have to put something in the report saying we would do it. The whole process last night made my stomach turn. I am very disturbed by a board who will yes things without requesting to read more and frankly when it looks like he’s not getting his way a superintendent that will act crazy, which he did. If the board does anything they should put in standards for being superintendent mainly the person have a PHD in educational administration from the best college possible. This is crazy the board knew they were going to be ousted when they appointed this superintendent. He needs to be dismissed. Are you only publishing comments that agree with you? I don’t find anything offensive in my comments

Private Citizen

March 21st, 2013
7:58 am

It’s really hard to fathom.

Agree with you there. Even Jesse Jackson, Jr spends his campaign money on himself and is “Facing 5 Years in Jail for Fancy Watch?” And Kwame Kilpatrick is doing 20 years hard time and has a million dollar debt from turning a mayor position into “38-charge felony indictment, in what a federal prosecutor called a “pattern of extortion, bribery and fraud” by some of Detroit’s most prominent officials.” Yes, it is hard to fathom. It’s also hard to fathom some stinky out-of-towner when their eyes light up and with glee they start telling you about “the Dirty South” like they own it.

DeKalb Rising

March 21st, 2013
8:11 am

Help me out here.

I thought the law firm there last night had resigned as the Board’s attorney. Did Thurman rehire them?

What then is Alexander & Associates role? the in house attorney?