This is the link to the Board Schedule and webcasts: http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/External-Affairs-and-Policy/State-Board-of-Education/Pages/Meetings-Minutes-and-Webcasts.aspx
BTW, If you can go and get a chance to speak with them, Linda Zechmann, the board member from 1st District, worked as a middle school parapro, and Elizabeth Ragsdale, Helen Rice, Wanda Barrs, and Mary Sue Murray either are or were teachers. Brief bios on each representative are linked through the Board home page http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/External-Affairs-and-Policy/State-Board-of-Education/Pages/default.aspx
From a library media specialist in another Metro Atlanta school system: Thank you for your support of library media centers on your blog as instructional areas in schools. Unfortunately, it seems that DCSS finds library media specialists — and their supporting library media clerks — even more dispensable than classroom teachers. However, I am encouraged by responses teachers and parents made to this DeKalb School Watch post: https://dekalbschoolwatch.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/calling-the-supers-own-words/. Please tell your readers:
RIF’ing DCSS’s library/media specialists (librarians) – and library/media center clerks — is NOT a done deal. The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) still has to approve DCSS’s request for a waiver to staff media centers below the state minimum requirement. If granted, that waiver would mean school libraries would be closed to students for half (or more) of each school week. This waiver makes NO sense, especially in a failing school system which has ignored independent staffing reviews documenting high personnel overhead in non-student-contact positions.
Your quick response is needed. TODAY! Time is of the essence!
TODAY (7/18/2012) please send an e-mail to the GaDOE board and ask them to NOT approve the DCSS waiver request.
Please write or call Dr. John Barge, Georgia Superintendent of Schools, and Daniel Israel, DeKalb’s state school board representative, about DCSS’s request to RIF library/media center specialists due to “hardship.” The GaDOE board will meet today(7/18/2012) in committees and as a whole on Thursday (7/19/2012) so timeliness is critical.
• Mr. Israel is a product of DeKalb schools, so this should be of particular interest to him; his e-mail is email@example.com
• Dr. Barge may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-656-2800.
• Please also copy Judy Serritella, GaDOE’s Coordinator of Library Media Services, email@example.com, on the e-mails you send to Dr. Barge and Mr. Israel.
If you are uncomfortable about sending an e-mail because you fear having your identity revealed, please send your e-mail to DeKalb School Watch (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 2:00 PM today (7/18/2012). We will redact all identifying information and send everything via e-mail to Dr. Barge, Mr. Israel and Ms. Serritella. Or, you may use DSW blog comments to ask the GaDOE to deny the DCSS request. E-mails, however, will carry more impact.
Let’s flood Dr. Barge, Mr. Israel and Ms. Serritella with e-mails, telling them how important library media specialists and library media center clerks are to DeKalb County School System teachers and students.