The Dunwoody Talk Blog has an excellent, in-depth explanation of the lack of value we get from our association with SACS as well as our misguided leadership at the state level. Could it be time to seek a new accrediting alternative? One that looks at student achievement and goal-setting? Could it be time for the state to put their money where their mouth is and fund our schools as promised?
I like Fran, but I think this reaction is not the right one. First off, SACS does not care about the taxpayer in DeKalb. In fact, SACS, it seems at times, does not care about the students in DeKalb. SACS has accredited DeKalb Schools for many years now. During these years we have seen student achievement decline rapidly, we’ve seen the number of failing schools increase, we’ve seen extreme fraud and waste of taxpayer money, and we’ve seen SACS continually encourage bad behavior in DeKalb by doing nothing. Not to put all our problems on SACS, but the Senator’s suggestion that an action by SACS can somehow correct years of financial mismanagement is inaccurate to say the least.
To give credit to the school board, they are now reacting to new projections from the county. The school system has kept in touch with the tax office in Decatur, keeping tabs on tax collections. They were informed of an even bigger potential deficit and are taking action.
If we want to place blame somewhere, let’s start with the State of Georgia. You do know the State annually audits the DeKalb School System, right? Obviously these audits were either not performed thoroughly or the corruption and mismanagement of funds was overlooked. Either way, the State dropped the ball big time, year after year.
Dunwoody Talk continues as it compares SACS system of accreditation with the state of Texas’ system of accreditation. The devil really is in the details. This blog post is a ‘must read’.
Click here to read the ‘Dunwoody Talk’ post in depth.