Stepping Through The Looking GLASS*

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Georgians for Local Area School Systems (GLASS) is an advocacy group promoting the passage of HR 486 in the Georgia General Assembly, and then by a statewide referendum.

GLASS Mission:

To make available the choice to form local independent school systems.

GLASS Vision:

High quality education for every student through effective and accountable local school systems.

High Quality

Local school systems provide a high quality education that maximizes the potential of every student.

Accountable

Local school systems that are accountable to students, parents, teachers
and their community resulting in: better student outcomes, maximizing of resources, and strong financial management.

Effective

Local school systems are responsive to and recognize the needs of the students, parents, teachers and their community.

Upcoming GLASS Events for the week of December 9th-15th

Please mark your calendars and share these dates with friends and neighbors.Calendar-dekalb-schools  

Monday, December 9th:

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM:  Chamblee/Dunwoody Meet and Greet at Cafe Intermezzo

(4505 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30346)

Tuesday, December 10th:

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM:  GLASS as Guest Speakers on Pep Talk with Nancy Jester on America’s Web Radio 

11:00 AM – 12 Noon:  Sandy Springs/Roswell Meet and Greet with Nancy Jester and GLASS at Uncle Julio’s

(1140 Hammond Dr NE,  Bldg K, Suite 100, Sandy Springs, GA 30328; near the corner of Hammond Dr and Peachtree-Dunwoody Rd, across P-D from Rite Aid)

Wednesday, December 11th: 
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM:  Brookhaven Meet and Greet at Town Brookhaven, Keller Williams Offices

(804 Town Blvd, Town Brookhaven; take Hermance Dr. to traffic circle, 2nd exit and turn right, Keller Williams on the right)

Sunday, December 15th:

2:00 PM:  GLASS Community Event – Education and Take Action Meeting, St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church in Dunwoody

(1978 Mt Vernon Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338 (at the corner of Mt. Vernon Rd and Manhasset Dr)

GLASS will follow Dunwoody Parents Concerned About Quality Education Community Meeting with an Independent School District Feasibility Study presentation.

At this meeting on Sunday, December 15th we will be organizing into working committees where community members will be able to immediately step into action.  The Georgia General Assembly legislative session begins on Monday, January 13th, so overdrive is the gear we will be putting into play here.  The legislative session is only 40 days long; there is not much time to get a critical vote of approval from Georgia’s legislators.  GLASS needs and welcomes your help!

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Here are links to several articles written by various local newspapers referring to GLASS:

* Step beyond what you have grown accustomed to, venture into new areas, look at things from a different angle, don’t accept things necessarily at face value. Push the envelope. 
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6 Responses to Stepping Through The Looking GLASS*

  1. Insider says:

    According to the AJC, Crawford Lewis gets one year jail time. Tony Pope gets 8. Pat Reid gets 15.
    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/breaking-news/judge-rejects-probation-recommendation-for-former-/ncFzG/

  2. dsw2contributor says:

    Interesting – the Judge rejected the prosecutors’ recommendation that Lewis be sentenced to 12 months on probation for misdemeanor obstruction; instead, she said he deserved to be jailed…. which means Lewis can reconsider his plea deal.

  3. howdy1942 says:

    While I don’t live in Dunwoody, I support this effort and commend their hard work. If Thurmond and five members of the current school board think that they cannot get along without the loss of revenues from the Druid Hills Charter tax base, they are really in for a shock when they look at what they stand to lose from the Dunwoody/Brookhaven tax base. The really sad thing is that it is the kids that will pay the price.

  4. Dekalbite2 says:

    I would guess the DeKalb administration and the BOE will be paying the King and Spalding and/or Sutherland, Asbill or Josie Alexander’s law firm millions of tax dollars trying to ensure Dunwoody does not break away. It is terrible the waste of manpower and dollars going into breaking away when a capable superintendent and Board should have replaced the personnel (hired and promoted by Dr. Lewis) who were in charge of running academic achievement into the ground and concentrated on funneling money back into DIRECT INSTRUCTION for students. That means a competent teacher in a classroom directly instructing students.

    Instead Mr. Thurmond has concentrated on everything BUT attracting and retaining competent teachers in the classroom and lowering class sizes so that students can get the individual attention they need. He has done nothing about compensation for the personnel who directly instruct our students – i.e. Teachers – except to continue to withhold their TSA that took the place of Social Security and cutting their pay with furlough days. He has done absolutely nothing to improve student achievement except speak in vague terms, recycle the same ineffective strategies, plans and programs, and avoid committing to any quantifiably measurable student achievement objectives. In addition, he is spending student funds engaging lawyers to fight teachers over the same TSA they elected to take in the 1970’s in lieu of Social Security.

    As far as his “Bridge” initiative, Maureen Downey said it all when she said that “DeKalb Schools” is “peddling promises that more of the same will somehow produce improved results.” Does Mr. Thurmond really think bringing those expensive and ineffective Parent Centers back is the key to improving student achievement? That is indeed “peddling promises that more of the same will somehow produce improved results.” This is how much they cost before Dr. Atkinson trimmed them down. Look at them in relation the the expenditure on Parental Involvement that other demographically comparable school systems spend:
    http://dekalbschoolwatch.blogspot.com/2011/11/73000-dcss-secretarial-positions-are.html

    It is a shame that students will have to pay the price of the dismantling of the school system through independent school systems or cluster charters.

  5. howdy1942 says:

    @Dekalbite2 – You’re so correct! Maureen Downey was very generous in her comments saying the Dekalb had made some progress since Thurmond came onto the scene. The best thing that he has done is to settle the Heery case – that is, indeed, a step in the right direction. But his laying the blame for shortcomings in the DCSS at the feet of parents is not facing reality. If that were the case, then he is admitting that race was never the reason for portions of Dekalb County have subpar schools. Which is it?

    Maureen Downey hit the nail on the head when she pointed out that over the past 12 years, the focus of the DCSS has shifted from our kids to adults. The problems of the DCSS rest in the Dekalb County School Board, the DCSS leadership, and the administration, not with the parents or the teachers or the classroom. I had hope that Thurmond would change that but, on the contrary, rather than focusing on the classroom he has focused on building en even bigger administration and expanding its already excessive reach. Those are steps in the wrong direction.

    From my perspective, the last straw was when the school board extended Thurmond’s contract and removed the word “interim” from his title. Maureen Downey was also so correct when she pointed out the need for a permanent, fully qualified school superintendent. Finding such a superintendent is going to require time and hard work, but this school board has not even begun to find a search team let alone initiating a search. I knew from the outset that this school board would never approve the Druid Hills Charter Petition even if it had been endorsed by the Almighty! This board has voted to approve new cars for administrators, hire even more lawyers to fight our own teachers in court, and to continue to alienate our people. Has this school board or this superintendent done anything to improve the classroom in the DCSS?

    Perhaps some steps could be taken to persuade Dunwoody to give the DCSS a chance. But neither this same school board or this superintendent or this administration will be successful in doing that. Dunwoody is gaining momentum – Dunwoody is represented by Republicans in a Republican legislature in a State with a Republican Governor who removed the Dekalb County School Board in January. Moreover, the Amendment crafted by Rep. Taylor is worded to address the concerns of rural Georgia. All of this makes me think that Dunwoody’s chances of getting that Amendment through the Legislature and Governor have to be better than even. If this happens, then there is very little that the DCSS can do in court to stop that effort, rather it would be at the mercy of the voters in Georgia. The last chance to find a solution will result from the election of a new school board next May that will focus on a completely different set of priorities than the current board or Mr. Thurmond.

    I want all of our kids in Dekalb County to have the best education in the world. But the reality is that the current board and current superintendent are not getting that done. Rather than continuing to fight such a large segment of our population, they should be reaching out to the people and not only listening to what they want done to go about doing what they want done. The choice is that of this board and superintendent – continue to fight, to antagonize, and to alienate and settle on the only successful strategy available by listening to the people.

  6. Another comment says:

    Growing up in upstate NY I and all my family took for granted first the super cheap Catholic School in our local Parish. $100 yr for 4 kids in the 60’s and 70′ and still under $3,500 a year today. With bus service provided by the local public schools. Then there are no private schools around for over 30 miles. Why? They aren’t needed, because most of NY state as well as most of the NE and MidWest have small government local town ( what we are calling the cities of Sandy Spring, Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Milton, Johns Creek,,and Smyrna would all be cities with maybe the township of Dunwoody with Dunwoody village., or Say the township of Smyrna would incorporate the village of Vinnings, the Village of Ackersmill and the village of Log Cabin within its township, even the Cumberland Village and entertainment center). Then the Vast majority of the School Districts are one high school large with their feeder school. They all offer a minimum of two to three different diploma tracts. An AP college bound, a standard college Bound, then a general diploma tract where the students attend a vocational school for 1/2 the day during junior and senior
    Year. These students gradutate with enough hours for a real trade diploma. They don’t get ripped off for the for profit trade schools. Two districts of more share these Vo-tech schools through interagency agreements. Drop out rates are extremely low, about 99% graduation rate in my high school class.

    I am all for one district local control schools they are the only thing that work. The difference in education I got and that my nieces and nephews get, vs my children is night and day. Even though I make twice the annual family income I can not afford a $23k private school tuition for one child and then provide for college for the other child. All while paying $7,500 plus in taxes per year in property taxes. then I see the line jumping games. The fake free lunch application for tittle one game. The one high school district I went to only has a 3% free lunch rate. Pride says Alot to keep that low, I worked in the grocery store but it is probably about 15-20%. in a small community people who teach their children the might values send them with a P&J.

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