Independent School District Hearing TOMORROW (Tuesday — 2/4/2012)

GLASS (Georgians for Local Area School Systems) announces that the re-scheduled hearing for HR 486 will be TUESDAY, February 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM in Room 515 of the Coverdell Building. Plan to arrive early.

HR 486 proposes an amendment to the Georgia Constitution authorizing any municipality created on or after January 1, 2005, and any municipality which is contiguous to a municipality created on or after January 1, 2005, irrespective of whether such municipalities may be in different counties, to establish individually or collectively by local law an independent school system. The following forward-looking representatives have put forth this resolution: (1) Tom Taylor, 79th
(2) Mike Jacobs, 80th (3) Lynne Riley, 50th (4) Joe Wilkinson, 52nd
(5) Mike Dudgeon, 25th and (6) Buzz Brockway, 102nd.

Take MARTA to the hearing. The Georgia State University station on the east/west line is a short walk to the Capitol; the Coverdell Building is just south of the Capitol. Parking is limited during the legislative session; if you must drive, please carpool. Some parking lot options: Number 1 Capitol Lot at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Memorial Drive; Pete Hackney Parking Deck (162 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive); Steve Polk Parking Plaza (65 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive); and 90 Central Parking Lot (accessible from Central Avenue and Courtland Street).

A large turnout is needed! Join your friends and neighbors to send a strong message to the Georgia General Assembly. Meet for an early lunch at the Coverdell Cafe, 6th Floor of the Coverdell Building, reasonably priced, and open to the public. Following lunch, head for the hearing in Room 515, Coverdell Building.

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

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

●Local school systems are accountable to students, parents, teachers and the community resulting in:
better student outcomes, maximized resources, and strong financial management.

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

GLASS encourages people from all counties of Georgia to attend this hearing. HR 486 isn’t just about education reform for today; HR 486 is about providing needed flexibility in the Georgia Constitution for independent school systems as our state grows in population over the next five, ten, fifty and more years.

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8 Responses to Independent School District Hearing TOMORROW (Tuesday — 2/4/2012)

  1. d says:

    There was an interesting editorial in Crossroads arguing against 486. Honestly, this is a DeKalb centric thing – it will have a very difficult time passing statewide muster. And honestly, do we want to end up like Illinois or New Jersey that have almost 1,000 districts each? 1,000 central office staffs and superintendents?

    The solution, in my opinion, is not to break DeKalb up – there are huge problems, I agree, but I think those of you up in Dunwoody pushing this need to get down to districts 5 and 7 and help campaign against Zeppora and Jay. Here’s my prediction – the old board wins, SACS sticks us back on probation, Deal (assuming he is reelected) boots them off and appoints another board for us.

  2. @d: How on earth can people in Dunwoody affect the election in south DeKalb? That’s impossible. Nobody has that kind of power in anyone else’s neighborhood. Not many people seem to even care enough to get overly involved. There are only 2 candidates in the race so far! Even the good old “Edukalb” seems as if they couldn’t care less about this election.

  3. d says:

    There is nothing stopping people in Dunwoody from AFFECTING races in other parts of the county. Donate money, go door to door, write to the local papers (Crossroads), phone bank, etc. All of DeKalb is in trouble if we get Jay and Zeppora back on the board, and you know it. Like I said, I’m not saying 486 won’t pass, but the odds of it are very long. This election will be decided well before the voters of this state even get a voice on the matter if it makes it out of the General Assembly. As I said during Citizens’ Comments in January – a house divided against itself cannot stand. I’m really not worried about what candidate District 1 elects – that person will be an advocate for students and educators…. I really worry about people running for the board because they see it as an easy job for $23,400 a year. Those are the people we tend to get stuck with in South DeKalb because the people who care down here just don’t have the resources to make that much of a difference.

  4. thedeal2 says:

    Yes, d, because south DeKalb loves it when Dunwoody people come into south DeKalb and tell them how to vote. That is definitely a winning plan.

  5. d says:

    Well then, @thedeal2, let’s look forward to another appointed board.

  6. thedeal2 says:

    d, if you think the only possibilities are an appointed board or Dunwoody shoving its opinions down south DeKalb’s throat, then that is another good reason for this HB to pass. The disparate regions of this county are 40 miles apart in geography and 100,000 miles apart in the type of candidate they elect to the board year after year. It is too big to manage.

  7. Another comment says:

    I live in Sandy springs. This is more than a Dekalb thing. There are 3-4 million of us transplants from the NE and Midwest that went to great one high school districts. We received educations that were 1000% better than our children receive down here. People that are fortunate and can provide the 20-25k a year in private school tuition can mediate this. Many of us grew up in distrust were their were no private schools, everyone went to that one local high school. More economic diversity than we have her. My mother came from the family of the help, That lived In the help quarters on the grand estate. My father on the other hand grew up 1/2 mile away in a family that was brought up by the help. My grandmother drove around in her car during the depression as a socialite. It was in her Obit, she was a leading town. Socialite. ironically, they are all buried one grave apart now in the local cemetery.

    These one high school districts have very minimal overhead. All the money goes to the students and teachers, the Dunwoody study proves they can operate millions of dollars cheaper.

    Why is Fulton county bussing kids who are zoned to Westlake way up to Riverwood for free. This was suppose to be cut out a few years ago. They can’t even run the bus down my street, I am in Riverwood district.. If a parents want their kids to go to another school then they should pay to drop live them to another school.

    So my child has been bullied nearly to death because she is now in the minority of students at Ridgeview , although I am not in the minority of Homeowners of Sandy springs. So I want her to go to a middle school up in Milton or Johns Creek where the schools have less than 10-15% of free lunch participation. A school were the average family income is over $90k a year because that more represent my family. Are they going to bus my child up their. She is bullied by free lunch kids who are jealous that we life in a house we own at Riverwood. nothing is done that is is bullied by these apartment kids.. So I want her transferred. if kids can be bussed from houses that are the tax roll for $50-80k a year or tax bills of less than $1000 a year. They my $560 k assed valued with a $7,700 tax bill house child. Can be bused to an Milton of Johns Creek school where she is not bullied.

  8. Michael Thurmond highlighted the vast political differences across the county at a meeting with Leadership DeKalb and the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce last March (2013).

    “”While the drive from his Stone Mountain home to north DeKalb is a matter of a few miles, Thurmond said the politics make it seem as if 2,000 miles separate them because of historic divides in the county.

    “We have to recognize that some of the dysfunction we have seen in the school board is really dysfunction in the county,” he said.”

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