BREAKING NEWS! Dual Accreditation Approved 7 – 2

from Terry Nall

Thanks to everyone involved with securing DeKalb County Board of Education approval for dual accreditation for all of our county high schools. Inexplicably, it proved to be an uphill battle and near impossible at times. Special thanks go to John Coleman (District 1) and Marshall Orson (District 2) for their tireless diligence to make this possible.  Last night’s final vote was 7-2. Campbell (District 5) and Morley (District 7) opposed.  Your countywide support was heard loud and clear.

The timeline calls for site visits to individual high schools in February 2014, findings presented to GAC in March 2014, and an effective accreditation date retroactive to today, July 1, 2013.

This is a great day for all DeKalb County students, but is especially so for those currently in or soon to be in high school.

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6 Responses to BREAKING NEWS! Dual Accreditation Approved 7 – 2

  1. Never Amazed says:

    We are assuming that GAC finds all these high schools worthy of accreditation, right?

  2. hoyts says:

    great news! thanks for your leadership in this and yes, thanks to all who spoke up! Mary Hoyt

  3. mm3 says:

    Wonderful news! Thank you to all who worked tirelessly to convince the BOE that this wise move was necessary. After watching Dr. Elgart and SACS sit back and collect checks from DCSS for years, I am anxious to have another organization accredit our schools.

  4. Beverly Fraud says:

    Also, let’s not forget another tangible benefit of this decision. Mark (no pun intended) my words. Mark Elgart WILL restore accreditation by the time GAC rolls around to do their inspections. Otherwise, the fact that GAC (if the schools pass muster) has accredited the schools and SACS hasn’t, opens up too many uncomfortable questions about the POLITICAL agenda of SACS.

    What the 7 board members have done is brought at least a small measure of ACCOUNTABILITY to SACS. You know, just like Ralph Simpson was held accountable for his actions and not rewarded by them, say by giving him a promot…

    Never mind…

  5. Certainly correct, Beverly. The GAC was a trump card. There is more than one way to skin accreditation. Elgart probably didn’t see this coming… he needs to make a move before he lands in checkmate.

    Further, it’s very telling when the interim superintendent refuses to support an effort that would literally save many of our schools – and children’s futures.

  6. We still aren’t seeing much change in the actual day to day operation of schools. Inequity still exists: Some schools are over-crowded, requiring trailers, while some are severely under capacity. Class size is still too large at most schools, however, the boutique schools have tiny class sizes. Transportation costs to and from boutique/charter/magnet schools is still costing far too much (we think it should be zero cost) and we still employ two law firms as our base (due to racial issues) and the legal costs go up from there. Much real work needs to be done. We really aren’t sure what SACS sees as progress, other than the fact that this board doesn’t argue. We aren’t seeing much positive change for the students, their teachers and staff. However, we have pretty much concluded that school and student success is not a goal of SACS.

    Read up on a study conducted by the FLORIDA Department of Education. They really wanted to find out why good/new teachers were leaving the profession and what they could do to attract and retain the best teachers. They got some very honest input – certainly our teachers in DeKalb will agree…

    Short-time Teachers
    Lack of autonomy, constant testing, negative school cultures and mountains of paperwork push teachers out the door before they hit their stride

    “What teachers need is to be together, stay together, work together,” he said in a phone interview. “We got there an hour early and left at 9 p.m., after the last track kid crossed the finish line,” he said of his days at Ed White High School.

    Rich left the school system in 2011 after six years as a science teacher at Ed White. Despite earning ratings as a “high performing” teacher, Rich said that the political shift that came with a new principal led to a “feeling of unwelcomeness” that soon drove him out of teaching altogether.

    “He brought in some people,” Rich said. “He made some quick friends.”

    While Rich acknowledged that no one likes change, for him, the quick and vast personnel changes led to a downward spiral in school culture.

    “All of a sudden, what you’ve done before is thrown out the window. There was a lack of respect.”

    Airing his concerns, he said, only made things worse. Those who spoke up were “yelled at” in front of their peers during faculty meetings. Rich began to hate his job and his life.

    Read on>>>,5810

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