What About Webcasting?
Here are some very good reasons why the Georgia State Board of Education should webcast tomorrow’s (1:00 PM, Thursday, January 17, 2013) hearing regarding the DeKalb County Board of Education:
- The State Board of Education does have the ability to webcast.
- Possible snow is in the forecast for tomorrow which could make driving very “iffy.”.
- The Georgia General Assembly is in session which can make parking extremely difficult and limited, depending on the issue du jour.
- A 1:00 PM meeting is very bad timing for parents who must be home in time for their young children getting off the school bus.
- Many interested parents and taxpayers — voters — will be working, but could take a late lunch and listen to a webcast coming through their computers.
We have asked if the State Board of Education will webcast the hearing. They declined. We don’t understand why. This hearing is, after all, the people’s business. Plus, see the reasons above.
Today’s hearing before the Georgia State Board of Education will be WEBCAST, thanks to Rep. Scott Holcomb! We also appreciate the State Board of Education for quickly recognizing and acting upon the need for transparency — and making this this webcast happen.
Tune in to this webcast on your computer at 1:00 PM.
A Few Housekeeping Items …
So, if you are planning on going to the hearing tomorrow (1:00 PM, Thursday, January 17, 2013), here are a few things to know:
The hearing will be held in Room 2070 on the 20th Floor of the EAST Tower. It’s a relatively small room. Not at all as grand or self-important as the DeKalb County Schools’ Board Room. So, we recommend that you arrive early – close to noon – to get a seat.
There will be an overflow room where the hearing may be watched on closed-circuit television. But, there is a catch. The overflow room is on the 10th Floor of the WEST Tower. Allow plenty of time to get from the 20th Floor of the East Tower to the 10th Floor of the West Tower. Twin Towers’ elevators are not speedy.
If they can do closed circuit television, it is a mystery to us why webcasting is not possible.
We strongly recommend that you take MARTA because of parking and weather challenges. Take the Red Line or the Gold Line to Five Points Station downtown. Exit the train at Five Points and get on the Blue Line or Green Line and go EAST one stop to the Georgia State Station (inside Twin Towers). Follow the signs to the State Office Building.
Let’s Do Lunch!
There is a nice cafeteria on the basement floor of Twin Towers – Chick-fil-A is one of the choices. Since you should arrive early for the hearing, you may just want to plan to have lunch at Twin Towers. Credit cards are welcomed!
Video or Audio, Anyone?
If anyone makes a video or audio recording of tomorrow’s hearing, please let us know. We would like to make it available on the DeKalb School Watch website.