We, at DeKalb School Watch, wish everyone Peaceful and Happy Holidays — and the very Best New Year ever!
While we use this much-needed break to catch up with our families and friends, as well as with our jobs and other responsibilities, we also will be discussing where DeKalb School Watch goes from here. If you have a great idea, or general input, leave it in the comments or send it to us via email.
We appreciate everyone who posts on this blog! We know you care about DeKalb County’s 100,000 public school children and their local school teachers and staff. We truly believe that 2014 must bring about positive change that focuses on those children, their teachers and local school staff. And we — along with 100,000 public school students and their local teachers and staff — are counting on you to bring about that change.
We know that this blog is read regularly by the superintendent’s staff, by local school administrators who are indebted to superintendent’s staff for their jobs, by the superintendent and by board members. So far, the “endless loop” comments they are seeing on this blog give them confidence to continue the mismanagement and obfuscation that has enabled them to maintain their grip on DeKalb County Schools. They are neither concerned nor embarrassed by what they have done — and continue to do — to DeKalb County Schools, DeKalb County public school students and teachers, and DeKalb County taxpayers.
We also know that some of our readers and/or their friends have specific information about wrongdoing by staff and their hand-chosen (and beholden) local schools administrators. All we need is a tip from you or your friends with specific documentation to request. We don’t need your name or other identifying information. Just tell us WHAT to look for and WHERE to look. We will take it from there.
Your comfort zone is why we obtained a P. O. Box. You may send information to the DeKalb School Watch P.O. Box without fear of being tracked by anyone — regardless of what you may see on TV cop shows! As with DSW e-mail, only two (2) people have access to the P. O. Box. The DSW mailing address is: DeKalb School Watch, P. O. Box 660221, Atlanta, GA 30341. Tell us WHAT you know and WHERE to find corroborating documents. We know how to request information without revealing or suggesting our sources. Just remember, we cannot request information protected by FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act). Nor can we request some confidential employment information and/or Board discussions and votes that took place away from public oversight in a closed-session Board meeting. If you give us specific WHAT and WHERE and WHEN (for closed-session Board meetings) we can and will, however, go to the authorities and ask them to follow up.
Be The Change You Want To See!
- We just uploaded some brand new PDF publications from EDWEEK — they are very interesting and FREE! Check them out on our Resources for Teachers & Parents page under our RESOURCES tab: https://dekalbschoolwatch.wordpress.com/resources/resources-for-teachers/
- Also, for those of you who have access to HBO, be sure to watch, Won’t Back Down (2012). (If you are an Amazon Prime member, Won’t Back Down is available there to watch for free on TV or online.) This movie is based on the true story of two determined mothers who wage a valiant struggle to save their children’s troubled school, but find their forward-thinking efforts hampered at every turn by apathy and systematic bureaucracy. You will see familiar faces, actions and attitudes. According to Common Sense Media, this movie, which is available from Comcast on demand and online, is appropriate for children age 9 and older. You might want to watch it with your kids, talk with them about what they see in the movie and capture their comments.
Now go on and have a wonderful holiday! We’ll catch you back here in 2014!