Latest DCSS headlines

Below are a couple of news reports on DeKalb Schools that our readers might find interesting:

Trial scheduled for former DeKalb school superintendent, one-time aide, her former husband
DeKalb County Judge Cynthia Becker set April 15 for the start of the racketeering trial against former DeKalb School Superintendent Crawford Lewis, his one-time chief operating officer Patricia Reid, and her former husband Anthony Pope.

Becker said she was reserving three weeks for the case.

Dunwoody to push for separate school district
The Dunwoody City Council is set to list among its top legislative priorities for 2013 an effort to change the State Constitution to allow new independent school districts to form.

Current law bans any new school districts in the state.

City Councilman Terry Nall first brought up the idea publicly last week and says the area has the will power to push it through the state legislature.

“For us this really isn’t about dissatisfaction or satisfaction. Initially, this is about us having an option about local choice, local control,” Nall said.

Nall insists the push is all about residents first having the choice to realistically discuss the idea, then later actually decide whether it’s something that should be done.

Many parents are unhappy with the sometimes struggling DeKalb County Schools. The district faces budget shortfalls and many other issues that continue to attract headlines around the metro area.

Three DeKalb County school board members to begin term
One third of the DeKalb County Board of Education will be made up of fresh faces in January when three new members are sworn in. As a result of this summer’s school board elections, Marshall Orson will replace District 2 board member Don McChesney, Jim McMahan will replace District 4 board member H. Paul Womack, and Melvin Johnson will take over the vacant District 6 position left by Thomas Bowen.

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7 Responses to Latest DCSS headlines

  1. dsw2contributor says:

    I hadn’t seen this AJC article until just now: “State to approve Ph.D. grants for DeKalb school administrators” (

  2. The real problem with this free PhD program is the selection process. We are very concerned that some of the chosen are soon to retire and this new status will only serve as a gift to boost their retirement collections over the next 25 years. The schools and students can never benefit from someone who works for 2-3 years to get a PhD then collects a higher salary because of it for another 2 years and then retires at X% of their last two years of elevated income due to the free PhD.

    See, this is just another ‘adult-focused’ wealth transfer scheme, in our opinion. That is unless those chosen have a good, solid 10 year future of leadership in DeKalb AFTER they get the degree. That would have to be an AP or Principal level person who is at least 12-15 years away from retirement.

  3. educator90 says:

    To me the problem is that the district shouldn’t be paying for anyone’s advanced degrees-period. This is a gross waste of money that could have been used to proved quality professional development for teachers for several years. This program is just another way to promote and fund friends and family-nothing more, nothing less.

  4. If you disagree, or at least agree with our position on the issue of the PhDs then you should send an email to your legislator ASAP as it looks like this will soon be blessed by the state.

    State to approve Ph.D. grants for DeKalb school administrators

  5. In other news:

    State Court of Appeals rules employees’ lawsuit against DeKalb County School District can go forward

    The Georgia Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a lawsuit filed against the DeKalb County School District by two employees can go forward.

    The suit filed in 2011 by a teacher and a psychologist claims the county breached its contract with them and all employees that have worked for the district since 1979 when the district in 2009 suspended contributions to a tax-sheltered annuity that supplemented the employees’ state pensions.

    Last year DeKalb Superior Court Judge Clarence Seeliger ruled in favor of the employees, saying the school system was not immune to the lawsuit, as its lawyers claimed. The district appealed. Now DeKalb has 10 days to notify the court that it plans to appeal this latest ruling.

    The plaintiffs are demanding the restoration of all payments and back payments. One of their lawyers, John Salter of The Barnes Law Group in Marietta, said they will seek class- action status if the case makes it through this appeal. Salter estimates DeKalb owes its employees at least $50 million.

    More $$$$$$ for lawyers! We just keep getting broker and broker…

  6. howdy1942 says:

    It is about time for Lewis and Pope to be tried. How long has it been since they were indicted by a grand jury? How much money have the taxpayers paid for Lewis’s defense? I know the figure is now over $100,000. Lewis, Pope and the people of Dekalb County deserve swift justice – this isn’t it!! I’ll be so glad to get this insanity over with.

  7. They were indicted on Monday, May 24, 2010.

    To read more on the history of the case and to download the actual indictment as well as DA (at the time) Gwen Keyes’ Powerpoint presentation, click on our page called “Info on the Indictments” under the Facts & Sources tab at the top of the blog.

    (We have tried very hard to keep a library of documentation on a variety of topics. Feel free to search through our tabs, or send us documents you would like to see included.)

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