Governor calls for meeting with ATL lawmakers to talk school accreditation

This release just arrived from the governor’s office:

Gov. Nathan Deal will take an active role in helping Atlanta Public Schools prevent loss of its accreditation. Upon the announcement today that the system’s high schools are on probation, the governor has reached out to Mayor Kasim Reed and has called a meeting tomorrow with the entire Atlanta legislative delegation.

“I will make every effort to ensure that Atlanta’s children are not harmed by the adults who have failed them,” Deal said. “I have begun the process of working with Atlanta’s leaders, including my friend Mayor Reed, to implement corrective action immediately. The high schools are on probation but they have not lost their accreditation. We must do everything possible to stop an embarrassing situation from snowballing into a destructive situation.

“Children’s futures are at stake. My budget showed the priority I place on education. My actions in this situation will demonstrate similar resolve. In addition to working with Atlanta’s leaders, I announced today that I’ve asked the team investigating the APS administration of the CRCT to continue its work. I’m determined to get to the bottom of what happened, so we can guarantee the integrity of testing in Atlanta and throughout Georgia.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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41 comments Add your comment

Lisa

January 18th, 2011
4:59 pm

I thank the Gov for his quick repsonse to the situation. Its my hope he removes the board. I think this will send a strong message that we are serious about kids and EDUCATION.

Double Zero Eight

January 18th, 2011
5:00 pm

This is not a surprise. There is more to come. The
Feds are going to follow the money trail.

Clayton Parent

January 18th, 2011
5:00 pm

Good for you! I only wish the former Governer would have moved as swiftly for Clayton County. I guess lessons were learned.

Andy

January 18th, 2011
5:02 pm

What a way for Deal to throw the teachers/administration at Atlanta Public Schools under the bus, CRCT scandal notwithstanding.

SpaceyG on Twitter

January 18th, 2011
5:08 pm

This is a good, swift action on the governor’s part, but can he keep the APS board from meeting? Seems every time they meet a whole lot of nothing gets done. Meanwhile back at the ranch…

Fulton county parent

January 18th, 2011
5:11 pm

I say thank you to the governor for getting personally involved in this crisis. This crisis deserves his personal attention. I hope and pray that a solution is found quickly and that the state can get to the bottom of who was responsible for this horrible event.

Dekalb Parent

January 18th, 2011
5:12 pm

Way to go Governor, don’t forgot about Dekalb when it come time. Call in the people from SACS and see if you can use the legislative powers to FIRE them all!!!

Liberal Union Scum

January 18th, 2011
5:14 pm

Outlaw all teacher’s unions and fire any teacher who doesn’t have at least an ‘A’ in graduating their classes for the year. Eliminate tenure. Imprison any teacher found to have helped any child on any test, especially accreditation tests. Problem solved.

Candler Park APS Parent

January 18th, 2011
5:15 pm

Reagrding “hat a way for Deal to throw the teachers/administration at Atlanta Public Schools under the bus, CRCT scandal notwithstanding.”

HOORAY ! God I wish I was driving that bus ! I would run over them back up then run over them again. HOW DARE any teacher or administrator change my child’s test scores. They ought to be put under the jail, sued. It’s outrageous !

I applaud the governor. I hope that bus running over those teachers/administrators keeps rolling on ! GO GOVERNOR> Save our chidren’s futures !

Disgusted with APS Leader

January 18th, 2011
5:25 pm

As a parent of two high schools students at North Atlanta High School, who pulled my children out of private school due to a layoff. I am completely disgusted. This issue has went on far too long. It is time for the Mayor and Governor Deal to take action to remove the entire school board. It is not fair to our innocent children who are caught in the cross fair. Fire them all!@

Nospin

January 18th, 2011
5:25 pm

Jail anyone caught cheating, and boot the unions!

GT

January 18th, 2011
5:25 pm

Under what bus? What do you want? A governor to stand at the school’s door and pretend what the school system is doing is not wrong? This is not a church picnic this is your child’s education. If it becomes between protecting a scandal filled teachers/administration or our children in this city even the undereducated can figure out who comes in first, and I might add,without cheating on their answer.

Road Scholar

January 18th, 2011
5:25 pm

Andy, you must not have any children who worked hard, got good grades, is college material, and had a chance for the HOPE scholarship , only to have some immature “adults” get into a power grab and almost lose accreditation so your kid could be denied that HOPE scholarship!

DeQuavious Marshall

January 18th, 2011
5:31 pm

I HOPE APS LOSES THEIR ACCREDITATION IMMEDIATLY!!

Shane

January 18th, 2011
5:32 pm

I didnt vote for shaddy deal but have to give credit were it due.

Middle Grades Math Teacher

January 18th, 2011
5:34 pm

@Liberal Union Scum: This has been posted many, many times on this blog: THERE ARE NO TEACHER’S UNIONS IN GEORGIA!!!!

Tim

January 18th, 2011
5:38 pm

I’m really getting sick of these people from SACS.

So basically, an entire school system is being put on probation because school board members don’t get along? Are you kidding me? Out of all the school districts in Georgia, SACS only seems to find problems with the majority black school boards– Clayton, Dekalb, and now Atlanta. It’s bull****.

Georgia has 159 counties. Are you telling me that the school board members in the other 150+ counties all have a chummy relationship? I’m sick of this nonsense. The students aren’t even affected by these school board spats. It should require MUCH MORE for a school sytem to be put on probation. Most people believe that when a school system loses accreditation, that means the teachers are doing a poor job. Or the students are failing. Nope. It simply means school board members don’t get along. What a joke. SACS is who should be investigated. Why do they keep picking on majority black school systems, causing them to lose money?

Donaldo

January 18th, 2011
5:41 pm

Corruption is alive and well in ATL. Nothing to be proud of, simply the facts.
Follow the money everyone.

Paul

January 18th, 2011
5:42 pm

http://www.sbpdl.com

Probably because Black-run counties across the country have similar problems.

Birmingham, Detroit, Baltimore… Clayton County is quite possibly the biggest joke in the nation.

Unknown Hinson

January 18th, 2011
5:51 pm

Hmmmm let me see here. Clayton County – first school to lose accreditation in over 100 years in AMERICA. APS – following right behind Clayton. See any demographic trends here? I know that blacks in this country have gotten a late start as far as running as councilman and elected officials etc. but you guys need to wake up and realize this is your own children you are screwing over here. The Clayton County debacle was unbelievable, people having sex with one another and putting it on facebook and accusing one another during schoolboard meetings?? These are not adults here, they are uneducated children ruining children’s lives and something needs to change quickly. It starts with positive leadership from within the black community. I’m rooting for you, I really am.

Mike Skully

January 18th, 2011
5:55 pm

Tim: This has nothing to do with board members “getting along” and everything to do with incompetent board members who don’t have a clue of how to manage anything let alone run a school system. When the people of Atlanta start to elect candidates based on their competence, experience and abilities, they might not have all the problems that we always experience.

Andy

January 18th, 2011
6:04 pm

My issue doesn’t have to do with the fact that the CRCT scandal occurred but rather Deal would say “adults that have failed [the students enrolled in APS]” which includes those who weren’t involved in the scandal and were following the guidelines as teachers. That’s what I’m talking about — SACS should take accreditation away from APS if those elected as board members are neglignant in their duties and responsibilities. But don’t include teachers who are trying to work for APS and trying to uphold the law — they didn’t make those decisions.

curious

January 18th, 2011
6:06 pm

Why is Deal getting involved? Shouldn’t he defer to the state school superintendent and state board of education? In his first week, he has stepped on toes at the DOT and now the BOE. Sounds like our new gov is a micro-manager.

Michael Stacio

January 18th, 2011
6:08 pm

The whole Atlanta School System is a complete failure, when you spend $10,000/ student (Gwinnett $6800/student) and most graduate at 5th and 6th grade level and can not pass the basic tests to serve in the military I think it is safe to say it is more than the school committee that is the problem.

Cynthia Borden Mercer

January 18th, 2011
6:16 pm

What a crock of bull! Deal already spoke about cutting education funding even further. Now all of a sudden he cares?!? The stupid people who elected this crook should be ashamed of themselves!

Candler Park APS Parent

January 18th, 2011
6:37 pm

To Curious, WHY is the governor getting involved, you ask? Because the system is in crisis . DEFER to the superintendant and school board? Of course not. They’re incompetent. I hope the governor has great big shoes and steps all over their toes. It is so infuriating that you would consider “stepping on toes” more important than a child’s education. Do you not realize that the decline of the APS has far reaching ramifications? Parents will flee the city, abandoning their properties, which provide the taxes to run the city. Without good public schools, the city will lose all of their property tax money. Only those people who are poor will have to remain and the poor are unable to provide taxes to run the city. I am an educated middle class American with two children. Lose accreditation? I’ll abandon my house and get the hell out of here. I pay $5,000 in property taxes each year. I’m just ONE parent. Multiply that times every tax paying parent in APS.

Furious Parent

January 18th, 2011
6:40 pm

Andy teachers WERE INVOLVED in the scandal. They erased test scores. Teachers are not untouchable. Teachers can be just as big a liar and cheat as any administrator. JAIL TIME. I want jail time for all those crooks changing test scores and for all those who knew it happened and didn’t say a word. We need a law about this.

howdy1942

January 18th, 2011
7:11 pm

Thank you Governor Deal for your prompt response and for your understanding of the gravity of this situation.

Georgia cannot allow accreditation in three of its largest school districts and all in the Atlanta Metro area to be threatened. With cities across the country already competing for new jobs, the Atlanta Metro will become less attractive if its school situation is not stabilized and improved – quickly. Existing employers may be tempted to move if their employees don’t have strong schools for their children.

The strongest possible action that Georgia could send to accrediting bodies is the removal of those school board incumbent members who have created the present system. Failed school board members have lost the confidence of the people they serve and, unless that confidence can been restored, there is little chance of success.

Future Teacher

January 18th, 2011
7:11 pm

After 15 years of working with cildren with disabilities in healthcare; I am back in school to complete my Master’s Degree in Special Education so I can be a teacher. I’m educated, experienced, and ready to give my ALL for my future students. I am disgusted with the Board and any teachers involved in the cheating scandal. As a teaher, I will be an advocate for my students and their families- NOT a flippin’ corrupt system. It’s embarrassing.

Future Teacher

January 18th, 2011
7:13 pm

And honestly, my spelling is much better than the above post. I’m just peeved and a horrible typist :)

Liberal Union Scum

January 18th, 2011
7:25 pm

@Middle Grades Math:

I didn’t say there were. I said “Outlaw all teacher’s unions” in addition to the other recommendations. ALL, if you knew grammar, means ALL of them, everywhere. Yes, you ARE a teacher.

Liberal Union Scum

January 18th, 2011
7:36 pm

@Cynthia Borden Mercer:

Why involved? Because if he wasn’t involved, the likes of people like you would scream bloody murder that he wasn’t. And, it’s his job. Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t. Typical.

Liberal Union Scum

January 18th, 2011
7:41 pm

Privatize all schools. The government has no business dealing in socialism anyway. If you want your little hellion to have a good ‘edumacation’ do it yourself, or pay the tuition. That is accountability. No need for a hack-job, liberal, socialist ‘board’ to get in the way of real progress. Government ALWAYS screws up everything it gets involved in. Look at the economy. Free markets are the only sane choice for those who ‘can’, and ‘will’, take ‘personal responsibility’ for themselves and their family. If you want government handouts and theft of personal property (income etc..) for the ‘greater good’, take it somewhere else. We’ve had enough of this awful experiment in progressive, liberal socialism.

Concerned Taxpayer

January 18th, 2011
8:09 pm

To Liberal Union Scum: It’s obvious you really don’t care about education. You’re just here to promote your “political” views.

Liberal Union Scum

January 18th, 2011
10:57 pm

@Concerned TaxPayer (Sheep): It’s obvious that you’re beyond comprehending the obvious.

Question Man

January 18th, 2011
11:56 pm

In term of Governor Deal’s effort “to get to the bottom of this,” wasn’t the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce instrumental in guiding the election of most of the current APS Board members? Wasn’t the Chamber of Commerce instrumental in whitewashing the APS cheating scandal? What does the Chamber plan to do to address its role in this debacle? Should resignations be considered not just from APS Board members but also from the Chamber leadership? Or will this be yet another case of Atlanta’s inner circle urging solidarity behind the same people who continually fail?

Raquel Morris

January 19th, 2011
8:27 am

@Question Man,

You are absolutely right about the Chamber of Commerce’s role in this mess. The Chamber and EduPAC need to be kept away from our schools if they continue to manipulate APS behind the scenes.

I’m also curious to see how the Mayor will handle this. This is the same Mayor who has NEVER said a word about the cheating crisis. Something tells me he will fall way short of actually taking a stand for our children.

Casandra Johnson-Parent of Former APS Student

January 19th, 2011
12:57 pm

As a parent of a former APS student, it is my opinion that the school district needed to be put on probation and perhaps this will now serve as a wake up call for the citizens and elected officials throughout the city and state. This decision however should not just be because of what is happening with the school board, but moreso as a result of problems that lurk among hired officials at the highest level of the school district which in some cases their actions have been downright unethical and illegal, and are creating devastating effects on the children that they have been entrusted to educate. My daughter graduated from APS in 2010 after experiencing a very devastating ordeal that involved various school district officials at the highest levels. Instead of them acknowledging and accepting responsibility for their mistakes and wrongdoing, including failure to abide by policies at the district and state level, as well as federal laws that they are required to adhere to, they instead devised concerted efforts to retaliate against us for challenging the school system; then they even went as far as to blatantly ignore direction given to them by the GA State Board of Education and the GA Department of Education relating to my daughter’s case, which ended up costing her a four year scholarship and the ability to attend the initial college of her choice. What grieves me about this situation with Atlanta Public Schools is when we experienced the situation with my daugther last year, there were so many problems exposed at the highest levels of the school district where I knew something like this would just be a matter of time, but when we tried to engage the local community leaders & elected officials, and even parents, so many of them closed their eyes and ears and refused to get involved. We received feedback from several elected officials at the city, county, and state level stating they had no authority to get involved with the affairs of Atlanta Public Schools, so now what?

Beer Geek

January 19th, 2011
4:35 pm

I just wonder where at the W Paces Ferry governor’s mansion does Deal have his white horse stabled? Much as I think the school system has issues that need to be addressed, jumping into this situation smacks of pandering to his base.

Hmmmmm

January 20th, 2011
2:49 pm

liberal union scum, other than being a complete idiot, you forgot the most important part……
PAY TEACHERS WHAT THEY DESERVE.

Top School

January 20th, 2011
9:30 pm

Deal said, “We must do everything possible to stop an embarrassing situation from snowballing into a destructive situation.”

AND THEY WILL DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO COVER-UP-
because they do know the folks in high places…to make it all disappear! MAGIC!

http://www.TopPublicSchoolCorruptionAtlanta.com