Obviously, you are unaware of all of the truly newsworthy events going on in our crumbling school system evidenced by your choosing to make your biggest news story on DeKalb County’s broken and corrupt school system one about Don McChesney’s email last year in which he invited a group of well-known men in his district to a roundtable discussion with the new superintendent – a fruitless discussion that fell on deaf ears anyway. Have you hosted or even attended a candidate forum for the school board race? Did you read the candidate profiles compiled by the League of Women Voters printed in the AJC? Do you have deep knowledge of the serious issues confronting our $1.2 billion school system?
Please read the desperate comments by teachers and staff fearing for their jobs. This is newsworthy.
Please read Nancy Jester’s comments about the budget cuts – being approved by a board that had not yet been shown an actual budget. This is newsworthy.
Please review the absolutely horrific test scores turned in by our students showcasing the steady freefall in their educational outcomes. This is newsworthy.
If you need more leads on reports that are worth reporting – worth investigating – and that will make a positive difference in the lives of children, please email the moderators at the DeKalb School Watch [ email@example.com ]. We have researched and reported on the serious issues in DeKalb schools – as volunteers. We try to share our findings with the mainstream media hoping that their deeper pockets and greater access will yield better results. However, we are crushed to find very little support in our efforts to untangle the web other than from Ty Tagami at the AJC. DeKalb schools is first, and foremost, a jobs program for adults in the county – evidenced by Donna Edler’s request to only hire DeKalb residents at a recent board meeting. Students – and their learning outcomes are very much on the back burner of the leadership’s agenda. You have the power to help make the change we seek by focusing on the serious educational issues in this system.
President Obama signed an Executive Order creating the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans yesterday. I hope someone invites him to research and discuss the spiral of failure our leadership has instilled for our DeKalb schoolchildren – almost 80% of whom are African-American. They deserve so much better. Please choose to help them. Really help them. You have that power.