We believe that DeKalb County Schools is so deeply corrupt that it is not fixable. There is a cancer of corruption, theft, fraud, incompetence and assorted ethics offenses. It is a cancer that is inoperable. The body cannot be saved. Therefore, in the next legislative session beginning in January, we support removing that 8-word sentence in the Georgia Constitution that currently prevents creating additional smaller school systems. That will enable creating city-based, smaller, transparent, honest, more responsive, more effective school systems. Even the school system that will be reconstituted to serve unincorporated DeKalb will be better because the cancer will be gone.
However, all that said … for now, it is time to swiftly hold accountable those who brought this school system to its knees. One way to do that is for Governor Deal to remove the board, including the newly elected members. A petition that you may sign that will go to Governor Deal is on the AJC’s Get Schooled blog. For your convenience we have included the link to the petition here.
This next petition is the one that was started by a high school student. Sign this one, too, and forward it to your friends – as well as broadcast both petitions on Facebook:
“Here’s why it’s important that you sign BOTH of these petitions — and ask your friends to sign, too:
“Dekalb County School Board members have apparently strayed from their focus on their fiduciary duty to Dekalb County’s next generation and devolved into political bickering and self-serving power struggles. Strong action by the State School Board and the Governor IS REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY. SACS closing comments: ‘Despite attempts of various experts and organizations to bring about sustained change in the culture and operation of the Board of Education, extensive efforts, costs and resources expended in this endeavor appear to have been wasted…as soon as the monitoring concluded and members were left to self-regulate, their own patterns of behavior re-emerged…if not corrected immediately thousands of Dekalb County students will be negatively impacted for years to come.’”