Morning Metro: North DeKalb Cityhood Discussions, Southern Order to Storytellers, and Planning Diagrams

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    1. What a freakin’ train wreck DCSS is:

      Some of the central office staff eliminations the school board ordered in 2010 were not carried out, the audit says. For that and other reasons, the system wound up paying $20 million more than budgeted for central office salaries in fiscal year 2010 and $29 million more the next year, according to the audit, which was obtained by Channel 2 Action News.

      District officials refused to release the document, which is labeled as a draft addressed to Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson, Thursday. System spokesman Jeff Dickerson refused to comment, saying the audit was exempt from public disclosure under a part of the law that holds accountants’ work as “privileged.”

      An expert on Georgia’s open-records law, however, said DeKalb has no legal right to keep the audit from the public.

      It’d hurt a lot of people in the short run, but I think SACS should pull DeKalb’s accreditation until they totally clean house.

      1. “It’d hurt a lot of people in the short run, but I think SACS should pull DeKalb’s accreditation until they totally clean house.”

        I don’t think there’s any chance of this NOT happening at this point. A few select folks facing jail time would be nice as well.

        1. oxford just chose their word of the year: omnishambles: defined as “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations”
          seems pretty fitting here!

    2. I grew up in a place where everyone, no matter how wealthy or poor or educated their family, went to either public school or Catholic school. Other than Catholic school, no private schools existed. You’d have to send your child to boarding school if you wanted a private, non-Catholic education. So my default has always been to put my children in public school and direct all personal and community effort into public schools. I believe that good public school education open to all is fundamental to a solid democracy and the competitive survival of the United States.

      Nonetheless, living in a state with trains wrecks like the DeKalb County School System has made me appreciate why private schools are so popular in Georgia and why folks are so passionate about charter schools. DCSS lowers the bar for all Metro school systems who can pride themselves on not being that bad. It’s so discouraging because our schools could be so great if the educational leadership concentrated on competence and fulling implementing good programs rather than talking a good line, politics, and their own career advancement.

  1. This may be a silly question…I have been wondering for a while, if DeKalb County looses accreditation, will the Charter Schools (especially the state granted charters, i.e. the Museum School) also looses accreditation?

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