At last! Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens talks on WSB-TV Action News at 5:00 PM, Monday, August 5 about AdvancED/SACS … its ability to negatively affect students’ college prospects and its refusal to document its accusations or follow Georgia’s Open Records Act. Hmmm … !
AdvancED/SACS has incredible power because we give it to them. Mark Elgart is NOT elected — he doesn’t even live in DeKalb County. Elgart sent his daughter to private school (not an option for the many working poor who live in DeKalb County). Elgart can prevent deserving students from getting a HOPE scholarship. Elgart’s refusal to document and prove his claims against DeKalb County Schools holds taxpayers and their home values hostage — values drop, fewer people and businesses relocate to DeKalb County, and that means less property tax funding for public schools. Further, Unelected Elgart has single-handedly disenfranchised all voters who live in DeKalb Public Schools Districts 1,3,5,7 and 9. Is that you?
We can take back the power from Unelected Elgart if the Georgia General Assembly simply does the right thing: change the law and require the GaDOE to be responsible and accountable for education excellence in Georgia.
Here’s what Virginia does: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/statistics_reports/accreditation_ federal_reports/accreditation/index.shtml
Virginia accredits their own schools by objective, measurable criteria. WHY doesn’t Georgia do the same? WHY does Georgia link HOPE (which is merit-based) to accreditation from AdvancED/SACS (which has nothing to do with student achievement)? It’s an easy fix.
Did you know that AdvancED/SACS’ accreditation of public schools is NOT required by a growing number of colleges and universities for student admission? The federal government DOES, however, require colleges and universities to be accredited by a regional accrediting agency such as, but not limited to, AdvancED/SACS for institutional and program participation in federal initiatives such as dispensing federal funds for student aid. That’s all.
We are glad to see Georgia’s Attorney General paying attention to AdvancED/SACS and all of their craziness. Elgart and AdvancED/SACS have all the power of a public agency without any accountability.
Watch WSB-TV Action News (Comcast Channel 3) tomorrow (Monday, August 5, 2013) at 5 PM. The story could be interesting!