Category Archives: DeKalb County, Georgia

A history lesson: The ‘high-achievers’ magnets explained

DeKalb has a few what they call, ‘high-achiever’ magnet schools that parents beat a path to in order to apply for a seat for their ‘high-achieving’ child. In reality, these magnets are on-par with many ‘regular’ schools in other, more … Continue reading

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A raise for teachers hides the truth about the extreme rise in administrative costs in DeKalb

Tonight at the DeKalb County School Board meeting, Mr. Thurmond, superintendent, announced a plan to give teachers up to a 4% raise in the FY16 budget, which is now being built. Although that is good news – especially after the … Continue reading

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Legislation To Help Failing Schools In DeKalb

From the Fact Checker blog >> Governor Deal unveiled a plan Wednesday allowing the state to assume management and operations of failing schools. This post was adapted from How Nathan Deal’s bid to rescue failing schools would work by Greg … Continue reading

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GAC Accreditation Update

From Stan Jester’s post at the Fact Checker >> Pursuant to state law (O.C.G.A. § 20-3-519) in order to qualify for the HOPE Scholarship, a student must attend a school accredited by SACS (AdvancEd) or The Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC). … Continue reading

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Even PTA Council 11th district is seeking to downsize

In what we see as an admission that DeKalb County School District is much to large to remain equitable, District 11 of the Georgia PTA Council sent out the following survey letter to their representatives, stating the reasons for desiring to … Continue reading

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