BREAKING NEWS! Ralph Taylor Resigns

Finally!  And Taylor is supposed to pay back the $10,000 received from DCSS for the shoddy, plagiarized 15-page report on an audit he supposedly conducted on DCSS’s school safety and alternative programs.

We hope that Taylor was escorted from the Palace by Security.

Read the whole story, by Ty Tagami, right here on the AJC.

Too bad Atkinson’s ability to discern right from wrong is so faulty.  Otherwise, she might have given the right answer, initially, when asked if Taylor’s employment by DCSS would be affected.  When you are 54 years old, it should not be necessary to check which way the wind is blowing to tell right from wrong.  That’s setting a really bad example.

We wish Atkinson would leave — just leave! — and take with her that whole passel of overpaid incompetents she brought to DCSS!   Here’s your hat, what’s your hurry … and don’t let the door hit you in the a** on your way out.

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28 Responses to BREAKING NEWS! Ralph Taylor Resigns

  1. Concerned SWD Parent says:


  2. John Dewey III says:

    Teachers who DO research and teach kids to DO research will welcome this “resignation.”

  3. Terry says:

    Thank you for your hard work DSW! My question for today, though…. has to be “WHY was the whole board in a closed door meeting for most of yesterday”? WE the taxpayers should NEVER be blocked from meetings. They are public employees and as such WE should have the responsibility to keep a leash on them… don’t you think? I LOVE your article…

  4. Insider says:

    Terry.. sometimes there are legal and privacy reasons the BoE needs to meet behind closed doors. I don’t begrudge them that right.

  5. howdy1942 says:

    I’m delighted that Taylor is leaving. It is good that he admitted his wrongdoing and this can serve as a learning opportunity for our students. I don’t see how Atkinson is going to survive this. The school system was not on probation when she came and now it is – a big negative! She was just fine with keeping Taylor despite his wrongdoing – a bad decision. Clearly, there is “just cause” to terminate her.

    Like the Insider, I don’t begrudge the Board their privacy. That meeting is probably not to pleasant and I hope that they are addressing many financial and personnel issues. If the Board is to be successful at hanging on after February 21, 2013, then the first matter they need to address is to elect new leadership. Another major plus would be if Walker, Cunningham, Copelin-Wood, and Speaks resigned – they are the only ones who have been there over four years. I believe that the State Board would then allow the remaining five members to stay in place and work with them to resolve the issues. Were it not for three new members, this Board would have been gone on January 17, 2013. The Board clearly needs to deal with Atkinson. As I recall at one of the meeting, Senator Fran Miller has some very good candidates to take her place.

    In short, it looks as if this situation is gradually beginning to turn in a new and better direction. I hope so.

  6. You are superman says:

    I truly could not have phrased it better. Send letters to the state board encouraging them to demand Atkinson attend meeting in February. Legal counsel doesn’r want her there.

  7. Bye bye says:

    It isn’t Atkinson’s behavior that put the system on probation. It is the Board’s behavior. She isn’t a good super, but this board is horrid.

  8. Bye bye says:

    Posted to soon. Atkinson needs to go, but if this board picks her replacement we are out of luck. We are not holding a winning hand here.

  9. waitaminit1 says: the low hanging fruit out of the way. Now lets go after real corruption. Ramsey here we come?

  10. thedeal2 says:

    Does it bother anyone that he was not fired, he resigned?

  11. @howdy: We are also very concerned about this ‘text message’ ordeal. Really, can we support a superintendent who sends text messages that are not kosher for the world to read? Someone at that level should know that you don’t send texts or emails containing info you aren’t willing to read on the front page of the AJC tomorrow morning… And then – to actually COST us money by requiring her ‘own’ attorney in the matter? Mike Bowers?!! He is apparently no longer on the case and there’s now another. And come to think of it – Sutherland quit as school system legal counsel as well! Why do these lawyers keep quitting such a gravy train? What’s at the intersection of Atkinson, text messages and lawyers? What is going on with that case anyway? Why does it have to be so shrouded in secrecy? How can you trust a leader whose text messages are self-incriminating in some way so frightening that she is willing to do whatever it takes to avoid turning them over?

    Something really smells in Denmark…

  12. Expounding on our frustration, I’d like to point out that we keep a page of links at the tab above labeled, “DCSS in the News”. We add the ones that catch the most attention so the list doesn’t actually include ALL articles… but geesh. Take a look at the collection of headlines we have already for 2013 and we haven’t yet made it through January!!

    Grand jury rips schools, Nancy Jester speaks up on SACS

    Witness in DeKalb schools conspiracy case dies

    DeKalb investigation seeks evidence of racketeering, bribery

    Death of key witness could jeopardize DeKalb school corruption trial

    DeKalb schools fallout continues

    DeKalb state senators question School Board members

    DeKalb school official: “I am not a plagiarist”

    DeKalb board members defend themselves against accusations that could unseat them

    DeKalb school board to receive report on superintendent email dispute

    Image troubles mount for DeKalb

    State gives school board more time

    DeKalb schools fallout continues

    DeKalb school board under local, state attack

    State senator aides in DeKalb superintendent investigation

    DeKalb school system OKs new school construction plan

    DeKalb school administrator resigns after admitting he copied other people’s work

  13. A Dunwoody Mom says:

    and take with her that whole passel of overpaid incompetents she brought to DCSS

    How about all those overpaid incompetents from the last several administrations, that are still on the DCSS payroll?

  14. Concerned says:

    did you all know Ramsey was taken from the internal affairs office and placed over Student Relations, then moved back? wonder if he was moved back due to knowing where the skeletons are hidden.

    It’s way past time for most of this board to be gone. So many things are not running correctly and newly hired people have no clue what they are doing.

  15. insider1.0 says:

    The noose is tightening. As predicted many times, it will end soon and end badly for Dr Dumb and her Dumber posse. My champagne is on ice….

  16. Yes! It bothers us tremendously. It is another example of why Atkinson is not fit to lead this school system.

  17. Absolutely. We cannot begin to return DCSS to what it was until ALL of those people are gone!

  18. Blindsided says:

    These idiots are too stupid to know they’re stupid. We teachers continue to teach….and anxiously await the fall of the Pompous Palace crew, and those Board members that continue this charade. We are weary of the scapegoat role required of us, each time a new level of incompetence is discovered at “the top”. I, for one, am tired of pulling the dictators’ chariot.

  19. concernedmom30329 says:

    Was Ramsey actually ever moved? The rumor (from several reliable sources) is that he asked for a transfer to student relations, with the corresponding pay cut, and was never given it.
    Ramsey is all about self preservation and protecting his law license. (He certainly isn’t about DeKalb or its children.) What is he worried about?

  20. We have set up a new page to add news from the current Legislative Session — check it out here:

  21. Re: Ron Ramsey’s position: We really have no idea. We do want to share this recent article in the Daily Report though. It talks about the in-house counsel and their perspective …

    …[L]awyers have a special responsibility to maintain a sense of professional objectivity, and avoid becoming intoxicated by the enthusiasm of our clients for a certain result.

    With that in mind, let me set out four basic propositions:

    • I reject the notion that in-house counsel are under greater threat to independence than lawyers at outside firms. I do not believe that objective data supports that notion, nor is such an assertion consistent with my experience.

    • One real threat to the perception of in-house counsel’s independence comes from in-house counsel themselves—by too quickly referring controversial or high-profile matters to outside counsel.

    • The general counsel does have a unique role to play in the C-suite. I’ll offer thoughts on what any senior in-house lawyer should do to demonstrate that he deserves to be a full participant in the company’s senior deliberations.

    • Finally, I will set forth my objections to the assertion, often recited these days, that in-house lawyers are there to serve as the conscience of the corporation. There are many roles for the general counsel to play. Being the corporate Jiminy Cricket is not one of them.

  22. Insider says:

    Dr. Taylor says “I’m not a plagarist.”

    The definition of plagarism is “an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author:”

    So not only is he a plagarist… he’s not smart enough to know he is.

  23. Kim says:

    “… he’s not smart enough …” … it isn’t smarts – it’s humility. There is none. If I had to choose one, and only one, word to ascribe to our fearless, shameless, self-centered, puffed-up, tyrannical, bumbling, corrupt, and incompetent leadership, it would be hubris.

    Hubris – extreme pride or arrogance. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one’s own competence or capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it is in a position of power.

  24. Kim says:

    I should cite my source for my definition of hubris. It is Wikipedia at …. 🙂

  25. teacher/taxpayer says:

    We write about how stupid all these problem Palace and Board folks are, and when I think about some if the initiatives we have to live with in the schools, I agree many are idiots. But the fact is they have been smart enough to get away (so far) with rewarding friends and family and making alot of decisions that have severely damaged our school system. Sure wish someone could figure out a way to outsmart them all so we could get rid of the dead weight and absurd requirements and get on the road to recovery already.

  26. Kim says:

    teacher/taxpayer, you make a very relevant point. I will elaborate and will make a perhaps stretched analogy. I see DCSD as I see a neglected neighborhood. First a few residential yards go to seed. A few one-off bad zoning decisions allow poorly conceived edifices pop up. A few properties are abandoned and shortly afterwards become home to a few broken windows and later even perhaps a few vagrants. Those will little tolerance for regression pull up stakes and move out of the little community. More buildings fall into disrepair. Too many of those with standards that remain in the community begin to loosen them; then dispense with them altogether. Property crimes start to become an issue and eventually organized criminal activities begins to creep in.

    It gets so bad eventually the FBI, GBI, and local law enforcement are driven to respond and begin vice operations to break the back of organized crime. Even if they are successful the neglect and flight from the community has gone so far everyone wonders if it matters. In a few, very few communities such as this imagined one do they recover and return to a vibrant and positive quality of life. It does happen, though.

    In DeKalb Public and its domain this can happen, too. The neglect and corruption have reached the point where we have outside enforcement action. Let’s see if they carry out their operation as successfully as the FBI, GBI, and local enforcement did along Buford Hwy twelve years ago. Even if the current King Pins of DeKalb Schools are rooted out it will take the concerted effort of the DeKalb community for years to reverse the affects and trend towards a “quality of life” in public education that we all aspire to have.

    The vigilance of the public must not ebb and flow with the headlines. We must be watching every day of every year for many years to come. And we must never, ever give up on public education and our youth no matter what happens at the top.

  27. DeKalb Observer says:

    Call it hubris or stupidity – either way this group is not wise enough to realize that the system of patronage they’ve created is not sustainable. So yes, Mom, brother cousin are connected enough to someone of some import to get a high-paying job in the school system. But the money is running out;Nancy Jester, at least has brought mis-spending to light. Students and families are considering re-locating or looking at other school options. Businesses are disinclined to locate in DeKalb County. There will not be a revenue stream that’s sufficient to support the F&F antics much longer.

  28. teacher/taxpayer says:

    DeKalb Observer; There isn’t a revenue stream big enough to support the F and F now, but they are still there, and making sure they get paid plenty seems to be a priority for the administation. And it is at the expense of the people in the trenches like me who have not had a raise in years and have not gotten any 403(b) money in years. The icing on the cake is my house is decreasing in value due to the School System.
    Instead of getting a raise or any kind of reward, we now have 25% more kids in the classroom, a new curriculum to learn, plan for, and teach, and a new assessment system to contend with. Plus some of us are at Focus Schools and/or dealing with SFA. We have to do more, more, more with less reward, and while we soldier on for the kids’ sake, it is getting old.
    I do not even know where to go with this rant. Thank God tomorrow is Friday.

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