The next couple of weeks will prove to be a critical juncture for DeKalb County Schools. If you need to read up on the current situation, read through our posts in our December archives, available on the right side panel of the blog.
Also, the Dunwoody Reporter has posted an article that pretty much sums up the situation with SACS to date.
Writer Dan Whisenhunt tells us,
The chairman of the DeKalb school board is promising the board would work together to pull the system’s accreditation out of jeopardy, but the board member representing Dunwoody and Chamblee thinks the accreditation process is flawed.
Some in the community aren’t waiting for the board to work things out and have started a petition asking Gov. Nathan Deal remove the entire school board. As of Jan. 8, it had 749 signatures.
District 1 BOE member Nancy Jester wants to turn the tables on the DeKalb County Schools’ accusers, AdvancED, a national accrediting body that includes the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. On Dec. 17, AdvancED announced that the system is on accreditation probation and gave school board members until December 2013 to resolve numerous issues related to board governance.
Click here to read the rest of the Dunwoody Reporter recap on the subject…
So, where are we in this very serious situation?
The DeKalb school board must report to a hearing to be held by the state school board next Thursday, January 17. To read the official summons, click here.
The board is supposed to submit responsive documents by today. We have no information as to whether or not they have done that already or if they have responsive documents in the works.
It is further hereby ORDERED that the parties shall file a witness list, which includes the telephone number of the witness and a brief description of the anticipated testimony of each witness; a document list; and any stipulated facts with the State Board. The parties shall serve a copy of these pleadings by email to the Hearing Officer and opposing counsel by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2013. The parties are further directed to exchange copies of documents by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2013. The parties are required to provide copies of all exhibits (tabbed, indexed, and bound) at the hearing for the Hearing Officer, the Chair, and each Member of the State Board.
We are very curious as to what kind of plan this board would be able to submit. Are they all to simply apologize and say, “We promise to do better”? How on earth would that help? We are supportive of removing the board, however, we don’t think that simply removing the board will make the change we all hope for. There is far too much waste to trim, administrative ineptitude to correct or remove and far too many children who deserve a better education than the one our ‘system’ is currently providing.
Stay tuned. We’ll try to bring the news as it is revealed. Next week should be a doozy.