According to yesterday’s AJC, “The Georgia Department of Education released a list of the state’s 78 lowest performing public schools Tuesday as part of its still-developing accountability system.”
These are the DeKalb schools on the list:
DeKalb Transition School (achievement)
DeKalb Alternative School (achievement)
Elizabeth Andrews High School (graduation rate)
International Student Center (achievement)
Indian Creek Elementary School (achievement)
Toney Elementary School (achievement)
McNair High School (school improvement grant)
Clarkston High School (school improvement grant)
Towers High School (school improvement grant)
DeKalb/Rockdale PsychoEducation Center (achievement)
Despite having 10 schools on the priority list, DeKalb school officials embraced the new designation system. “We see them as necessary and helpful,” said Walter Woods, chief communications officer for DeKalb schools.
Our question: When will the school system stop labeling and relabeling schools and get around to improving them? Some of these schools have already spent years on the NCLB “Needs Improvement” list. It takes focus, understanding and a willingness to be the best stewards of the public’s money as possible to really set schools up for success. We do not have those qualities in our current board. We continue to suffer the woes of a reactive method of leadership rather than proactive. Their focus continues to be “correcting” the mistakes of the past and promising not to do them again. Basically, they put out fires, but the smoke is so thick that they simply cannot focus on the future.