This would be laughable, if it wasn’t so sad.

Take a look at what the AJC is reorting…

Governor to teachers: I’m with you, not against you. It’s those schools boards withholding your raises.

Deal’s reelection website says: “Every child deserves the opportunity to receive a world class education. And the best way to do that is to start with our teachers. Gov. Nathan Deal has allocated an additional $500 million to Georgia’s education budget to ensure the best possible education for our children. Now, it’s up to your local school board to decide how that money is spent in your district. Gov. Deal adamantly believes one of the best ways to improve education for our children is by investing in our best teachers. That’s why Gov. Deal is calling on the school boards to pay teachers more. Join Gov. Deal and add your name to the list of Georgians who want to ensure our most effective teachers are properly compensated.”

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There are laws the legislature and Governor could enact to enforce teacher pay, limit furloughs and class size and support teachers with supplies, curriculum and technology in order to ensure that resources are reaching children and their teachers. It’s disappointing that instead, we have yet another ‘blame game’ as the Governor insists that he would give teachers a raise, if only those pesky school boards would cooperate.

Too little.
Too late.
In our opinion.

Education woes in Georgia ARE solvable. Tough rules focusing on teachers and the classroom and fiscal reporting are necessary. It’s not rocket science, but removing the bloated administrations across the state has become nearly as impossible. Pity the children of Georgia as the adults in charge trample over their educations in order to pilfer the funds for personal use.

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  1. And on the local school board front >>

    School board to hold all-day discussion

    The DeKalb County school board will meet Saturday to discuss accreditation, finances, governance, legal fees, accountability and other topics during what is advertised as a retreat.

    The all-day discussion, from 9 a.m. to noon, then 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., will also cover creation of a citizen advisory committee “to assist with oversight of various departments within the district,” according to a revised agenda released late Friday morning.

    The meeting is at the school district administrative complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd., Stone Mountain.

    Oh boy! Another citizen task force!! Keep your eyes wide open. Watch what they do as they keep you busy thinking you have an important ‘role’ to play.

  2. Here’s the agenda – please attend if you can – and report back what you learn >>

    C. DISCUSSION ITEMS

    1. Board District Lines
      Presented by: Dr. Melvin Johnson, Chair

    2. GSBA Self-Assessment Review (Roles & Responsibilities, Goals & Objectives for 2014)

    3. Board’s Role in the Budget Development Process

    4. AdvancED January 21, 2014 Report

    5. Comprehensive Report on the District’s Legal Fees and Current Legal Structure

    6. Creation of a Citizen Advisory Committee to assist with Oversight of Various Departments within the District

    7. Guidelines for Internal and External Communication to and from Board of Education

    8. Board Office Staffing

    9. Academic Assessment

    10. Financial and Asset Management

    11. Organizational Culture and Resources for High Performance

    12. Long-term Leadership Capacity and Development (through post 2015)

    13. Organizational Performance and Process Improvement

    14. Accountability

    15. Policy Enhancement

    16. System Flexibility

    17. Dual Accreditation

  3. Teachermom says:

    How about an educator (teacher) task force?
    As for Deal he has granted class size waivers (or the state under him has). Which was one of many cuts to education and plain old turning a blind eye, except when SACs intervened. He cannot believe that a district that is so financially mismanaged as Dekalb will do the right thing by teachers. Now that Georgia has lost our RTT funds for merit pay and have such low graduation rates we are eventually going to feel the pressure financially. Companies looking to relocate find good schools and state level education to be attractive. Poorly valued education culture not so much.

  4. Stan Jester says:

    I’m at the board retreat. It’s not being broadcast, but I’ll record it. I’ll take notes via the realtime blog on my FactChecker site. Feel free to chime in. –Stan

  5. concerned citizen says:

    Well, at least it’s not in Hawaii, but I imagine it will be “boxed lunches.” What is costing us for power, food, miscellaneous? They need to meet on regular days!

  6. Stan Jester says:

    Board District Lines
    There is a lot of support among the DeKalb Schools Board to recommend all at large seats or keep the 9 seats we have.

  7. Disgusted in DeKalb says:

    Stan, you are doing us a huge service by attending this meeting and reporting back to us. I must say that some of the comments by the attendees are alarming. According to Stan, Thurmond says that we should base the system’s progress on the number of standing ovations they got (I assume he’s referring to the event held for the announcement that they were off probation?). Also according to Stan, Morley says they’ve gotten kudos from the president of the Falcons. This is how the superintendent and a board member judge the system’s success? No mention of student achievement improving or teachers choosing to stay in DeKalb rather than fleeing in large numbers. Sigh.

  8. Gregory Walker says:

    While not directly related to K-12, there are similarities between what’s happening here (in DeKalb in particular and K-12 in general) and what’s happening to teachers in higher education. The article below pretty accurately captures what my experiences as an adjunct were: very low pay and doing classes they could have easily had a ‘full time’ faculty member do. The bigger point for me is this article’s documentation on administrative bloat –

    http://www.thewire.com/politics/2014/02/universities-are-cutting-tenured-faculty-while-they-load-non-academic-administrators/357858/

  9. Dekalbite2 says:

    I thought the law passed was only 7 seats for all BOEs in Georgia.

  10. Dekalbite2 says:

    Reading Stan’s blog it sounds like………
    The DeKalb School Board at their retreat voted that they want 9 BOE members with 2 being at large. In other words – they want the exact same number and configuration we had before. Their theory is that they are a superior BOE than the last one. I thought the new law was for 5 or 7 BOE reps. Some BOE members don’t want achievement testing as a measure of how the administration is governing. They want to set their own achievement standards with no regard to how DeKalb students are doing as compared to any other system. This is an odd Board.

  11. anothercomment says:

    Wow! that whole arrogant conceited inept board with the surprising exception of Thad Mayfield need to be voted out. They all except for Coleman, sure made it clear they are going to run for their $2,000 a month, 1 day a month jobs.

    They couldn’t stop patting themselves on the backs. Their arrogance to think that they can preserve their seats on the board by voting to keep all 9 seats, after the legislature has mandated 7.
    It is too bad they did not vote for the 7 districtwide seats. With the higher turnout for the interesting Gov. and Senate Republican seats, they might have had a real big surprise at who would win at large seats. Even if they get their wish and keep 2 at large seats, I hope that people from the North end run for them. Because this May should be the Primary to run for them with the turnout expected.

  12. bettyandveronica1 says:

    If everyone (county residents) gets to vote on all 7 seats is what “at large” means, count me in. That would be the best for us. Tired of folks I didn’t vote for make decisions that effect my kid’s education!!! This is one school system that no longer needs separate districts.

  13. Fred in DeKalb says:

    Will K-12 teachers receive a base salary cost-of-living increase? The answer is complicated. Although money is included in the proposed 2015 budget for seniority-based teacher step increases, there is no dedicated source for base salary cost-of-living increases. The governor included $314 million in the Department of Education’s 2015 budget to offset a portion of the $1 billion austerity cut and provide local school districts the flexibility to reduce or eliminate furlough days, increase instructional days, or provide salary increases to teachers.
    Since more than 70 percent of school districts have cut the school calendar and 80 percent are furloughing teachers, it is likely that the great majority of the money will be used to assure a full academic calendar, rather than for local salary supplements.
    Salary increases for those state employees and teachers lucky enough to get them will be relatively modest. Many deserving state employees and teachers will toil another year without any increase at all.

    Hopefully everyone will read this blog and the insightful comments. I’ve shared several of this points many times though it seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

    DeKalb was both a rich and benevolent school district. It leveraged its resources to help neighboring counties (outsourcing transportation, sharing student services especially with special needs students, etc.) while providing additional enrichment services for its citizens (Fernbank, Margaret Harris, Warren Tech, DECA, Destiny Academy, Open Campus, International Student Center, etc.). The refugee resettlement offered by DeKalb is unlike any in the nation. Working with DFACS, we took responsibility for the refugees and provided education for their children. We have a LOT to be proud of.

    The great recession has caused citizens throughout the county to evaluate the additional services provided by the school district outside of the required ones. Tough decisions will need to be made if we want to do right by our teachers. These decisions have to factor in state and federal laws when made. It must also consider the wishes of the various communities.

    It is ironic that we have a new Chamblee high school given just over 20 years ago it was scheduled to be closed. There are many facilities older than the old Peachtree high school in dire need of facility improvements that are not scheduled to be replaced. The Mustang statues have been talked about several times. This is the kind of advocacy that other parts of the community see and want their own children. There would be differing opinions regarding what to cut or eliminate by those on this blog. Making tough decisions is not easy especially when there are strong and vocal community groups that know how to sway their elected officials and public opinion.

    Data without context can tell a misleading story.

  14. Dekalbite2 says:

    ” Making tough decisions is not easy especially when there are strong and vocal community groups that know how to sway their elected officials and public opinion”

    That is why we need zero based budgeting and why we need to adequately fund the regular education classroom first. What is leftover can be used for admin and support. We still have the second highest millage rate in the state, and Elgart keeps stressing that is not a lack of money that keeps us from implementing a decent education for our students.

  15. teachermom says:

    One “tough choice” that is off the table is choosing new buildings or repairs over fair treatment of teachers. SPLOST cannot be used for salaries, if that is what you are suggesting, Fred. How about we talk salary to salary? Lets compare the salaries and benefits of CO staff to those of teachers. There are secretaries in CO that make more than I do and I hold more than one Master’s degree.

    Unfortunately I don’t have time to pull up boondoggle stats. I have to complete a bunch of crap paperwork that my principal assigned at the last minute so she could cover her own behind, which was probably assigned to her at the last minute from the person above her for the same reason, AND I’m pretty sure it goes up pretty far because it has to do with the Teacher Keys. Which is not worth a hill of beans apparently, Georgia just lost their RTT money because we didn’t implement said system. So instead of spending my Sunday morning writing and researching meaningful lesson plans, I am doing busywork that will not benefit the students but is designed to look like it will for a system that has been so poorly implemented that the Feds don’t even recognize it…

  16. IMHO, we mostly have a new Chamblee HS because the board at that time desperately wanted to give Jim Redovian a boost for the election (he was being challenged by Nancy Jester – perhaps they felt the heat). The BOARD voted to use ALL of the government money from another source (to be paid back with SPLOST money) to build this fab new school. Nevermind that Cross Keys just down the street remains in pretty bad shape and got basically a fluff job with SPLOST – they still have no auditorium and an unusable track. The prudent thing to have done was to have merged these two schools – but that was not a politically wise move at the time.

    It’s not about community – it about politics. If someone REALLY wants to run some data- how about comparing student achievement over the years of SPLOST?

  17. Fred in DeKalb says:

    @teachermom, DeKalb had a superintendent that inherited a large organization that on the surface appeared to be an achieving school district however had structural flaws. He wanted to perform a personnel and salary audit so the he could address the situations such as what you mentioned. He was let go before he had an opportunity to see this through. I believe he was undermined by those in the community and school system who wanted to see things remain status quo. This superintendent wanted to do things contrary to the DeKalb Way. While every school district had to make tough decisions in addressing the great recession, I wonder if that superintendent had been given the support of the community to follow through with his initiatives if we would have weathered the storm in a different manner.

    There is enough blame to go around.

  18. Fred in DeKalb says:

    @DSW, I can’t argue your point from 12:10pm. That was a political move to attempt to help Jim with the Chamblee community. We should still ask ourselves whether the decision by Freeman and the Board in the early 90’s was in the best long term interests of the school district. Yes, Chamblee houses the north side Magnet for High Achievers and has done extremely well academically. I think Martha Reichart was involved with the decision to establish the program at Chamblee.

    Did siphoning off those students from their home schools have a long term impact on the communities the students came from? Can the same be said of some of the other choice programs offered in DeKalb? Does the Federal government share part of the blame for the school system we have today? That would be an interesting discussion.

  19. Fred in DeKalb says:

    @Dekalbite2, following is an interesting post with the name of someone familiar who wanted to implement zero based budgeting,

    http://theholmeseducationpost.com/2011/12/how-can-school-districts-benefit-from-a-zero-based-budgeting-model-2/

    A good question would be to ask what the barriers to following through on this were. Could it partly be the culture of the community?

  20. Teachers matter says:

    Another Sunday spent grading papers, posting grades, answering emails, and planning “engaging” lessons for my unmotivated students (sigh!). Why Sunday, you may ask. I’m too tied up during the week with busywork and waste of time meetings.
    Another Sunday night wondering how much longer I can stand working in a county that does not value my work ethic.

  21. ALERT: DeKalb Schools Closed Tuesday

    The DeKalb County school system will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, February 11. No classes will be held. Employees have been instructed to remain home.

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  23. howdy1942 says:

    @Fred – Hey, we agree! We ought to celebrate somehow. I also support zero-based budgeting. Start with the classroom and ask the teachers what they need. Ask the principals to assimilate those requests and include administrative needs at the schools as well as capital improvements. Include in those requests technology needs. Review the school bus routes – justify them, shorten them, reduce fueling costs. If one creates a bad budget, then so be it. They will learn from that experience and do a much better job of planning the next year. Base performance reviews in part on how well each person manages his/her budget. You could build in some kind of “fund” to allow for unexpected or unplanned events, but separate requests would have to be approved, depending on the nature and size of the request, by either the superintendent or the school board. Great idea! Had to do that in business and I learned very quickly.

    I don’t know what happened with Atkinson, She was really a “blur”. I don’t know if she wanted to make changes in how the budget was prepared, if she tried to make adjustments in personnel levels, or what. It just seemed that the focus was on the shortcoming of that school board, of its troubles with SACS and the increasing seriousness of its warnings, and the legal excesses of the school system. I don’t know if she wanted to get rid of some of those top level managers who, in retrospect, had failed and ran into serious headwinds from that school board. That’s why I would have really liked to hear her side of the story. But the former board insured that we will never have that opportunity. I didn’t support her being hired in the first place and I really didn’t like those “leaks” by the former school board. For one, I certainly would have never accepted that position with three dissenting votes and that board should never have rammed her through with that many dissenting votes. But she may have tried to get to zero-based budgeting for all I know.

  24. Wonder what the Gov thinks about the salaries of the Parent Coordinators as compared to teachers? Especially when you consider the contrast in responsibilities. We’re told a whole new group of PCs are about to be hired – which begs the question – what will become of the ones with that job title now? Check out the list of 45 Parent Coordinators listed on the 2103 salary schedule – some familiar names will pop out at you>>

    ALLEN,RUTH M PARENT COORDINATOR $55,176.26
    BAKER,LARRY B PARENT COORDINATOR $40,424.57
    BARNES,CHARLES G PARENT COORDINATOR $71,175.00
    BARNES,KEISHA N PARENT COORDINATOR $43,176.46
    BROWN,ERNEST PARENT COORDINATOR $59,182.80
    CALLAWAY,TORIE L PARENT COORDINATOR $45,680.80
    CARLOS,ROBYNE J PARENT COORDINATOR $62,365.00
    CARTER,PATRICIA L PARENT COORDINATOR $2,697.02
    CORKER,WALLACE F PARENT COORDINATOR $50,948.20
    DAWSON,GALEN PARENT COORDINATOR $55,678.54
    DOLLISON,CLEVELAND D PARENT COORDINATOR $11,193.14
    EDISON,BRENDA PARENT COORDINATOR $3,732.68
    EDWARDS,ALVIA N PARENT COORDINATOR $7,517.75
    GOLDAMMER,LORI PARENT COORDINATOR $49,969.50
    GREEN,SIMONE L PARENT COORDINATOR $39,593.01
    GRIFFIN,MADELINE S PARENT COORDINATOR $17,937.50
    GRISSOM,ANTONIO T PARENT COORDINATOR $29,845.22
    GUILLORY,MARCUS A PARENT COORDINATOR $66,535.38
    GUILLORY,PHILANDREA E PARENT COORDINATOR $75,116.01
    HARDEN,TRACIE PARENT COORDINATOR $50,286.50
    HARRIS,ZETTIA D PARENT COORDINATOR $3,236.37
    HIPP,ADINA PARENT COORDINATOR $31,750.20
    HOLCOMB,ANGELA N PARENT COORDINATOR $51,895.70
    JACKSON-GILL,SHERRYL A PARENT COORDINATOR $50,829.78
    JENKINS,NICOLE S PARENT COORDINATOR $52,457.40
    MADISON,DELMONTE PARENT COORDINATOR $36,415.44
    MASON,KEVIN D PARENT COORDINATOR $8,388.80
    MAYFIELD,RODNEY L PARENT COORDINATOR $59,459.60
    MOTON,MELODY N PARENT COORDINATOR $4,342.62
    POUGH,TAMMY M PARENT COORDINATOR $60,816.28
    PRICE,RONALD C PARENT COORDINATOR $57,624.60
    RIVAS,STEPHON A PARENT COORDINATOR $78,646.48
    ROGERS,RAMON PARENT COORDINATOR $68,210.60
    ROSSO,ANGELICA PARENT COORDINATOR $2,631.21
    SALEEM,MIKAL A PARENT COORDINATOR $35,440.47
    SMILEY,NATHANIEL PARENT COORDINATOR $9,776.40
    SMITH,SPARKLE T PARENT COORDINATOR $60,144.42
    THOMPSON,LISA PARENT COORDINATOR $64,943.20
    WALKER-FRANCIS,TASHA M PARENT COORDINATOR $14,018.66
    WARD-CLAUDMAN,WYLENE PARENT COORDINATOR $41,577.42
    WARNER,MARSHEA L PARENT COORDINATOR $55,274.20
    WATSON,PAMELA C PARENT COORDINATOR $6,810.90
    WATTS,KATINA PARENT COORDINATOR $58,579.60
    WHITE,CHANDA L PARENT COORDINATOR $2,000.01
    WILLIAMS,TAMEICA P PARENT COORDINATOR $19,628.50
    WIMBERLY,ALVIN PARENT COORDINATOR $48,853.33

  25. Fred in DeKalb says:

    @DSW, you peaked my curiosity. Other than P.. Guillory, what are the other familiar names?

  26. Another comment says:

    Does any one have a position description of the parent coordinator positions? Along with the knowledge ,skills and abilities (ksa’s) that are used for selection. or are the only requirements that you be related to a former or current board member, attend the new birth church of worshipping the down low young male companion from the youth ministry hunting ground, wig wearing pastor, E.L. . Whose pastor along with with the child beating dollar beating C.D of the Prosperity doctrine (tithe to him) refused to answer the inquires of Senator Charles Grassley. Or is it by the color of your skin.

    My big question is why has some one white, Hispanic, or Asian not filed a whopper of an EEO case against Dekalb County Schools ???

  27. I’m not going to break my own rule an start pointing out ordinary people – but there are a few in there who are insiders and/or related to insiders.

    Click here for the website.

    The most recent newsletter they have posted is from November, 2011! There are some interesting programs listed – and Cross Keys seems to utilize the program the most. But the information is very old and unhelpful.

    Question: According to the website, there are only 11 centers – and they are only open M-F 8:30-5. Why do we need so many coordinators? How do we know these people are actually assigned to a school center? This doesn’t seem like a job for 3-4 full time people per center. Plus – the word we’re getting now is that the Parent Coordinators have not been hired yet! Apparently, the new people in charge aren’t aware that there are already 45 people being paid very well to do this job. Is the plan to replace them? Or will they simply hire 45 more?

    This is a clear case of the right hand not knowing what the left is up to.

  28. teachermom says:

    I wonder how many translators we have? The one we use goes to several schools and is only at ours a couple of days a week; making it difficult to reach out to parents in a meaningful way. I am still steamed and incredulous that none of the REAL issues were discussed at this so-called retreat. It really served as a window into the lack of focus this administration is operating under.

  29. Well … just off the top of our heads we recognize the following overpaid, under-qualified Friends-and-Family:
    Ernest Brown — $59,182.80
    Torie Callaway — $45,680.80
    Marcus Guillory — $66,535.38
    Philandrea Guillory — $75,116.01
    Rodney Mayfield — $59,459.60
    Chanda White — $2,000

    We are quite certain that there many others. Teachers and schoolhouse staff — who else do you recognize as Friends-and-Family from this list of overpaid, under-qualified “parent coordinators”:

    ALLEN,RUTH M PARENT COORDINATOR $55,176.26
    BAKER,LARRY B PARENT COORDINATOR $40,424.57
    BARNES,CHARLES G PARENT COORDINATOR $71,175.00
    BARNES,KEISHA N PARENT COORDINATOR $43,176.46
    BROWN,ERNEST PARENT COORDINATOR $59,182.80
    CALLAWAY,TORIE L PARENT COORDINATOR $45,680.80
    CARLOS,ROBYNE J PARENT COORDINATOR $62,365.00
    CARTER,PATRICIA L PARENT COORDINATOR $2,697.02
    CORKER,WALLACE F PARENT COORDINATOR $50,948.20
    DAWSON,GALEN PARENT COORDINATOR $55,678.54
    DOLLISON,CLEVELAND D PARENT COORDINATOR $11,193.14
    EDISON,BRENDA PARENT COORDINATOR $3,732.68
    EDWARDS,ALVIA N PARENT COORDINATOR $7,517.75
    GOLDAMMER,LORI PARENT COORDINATOR $49,969.50
    GREEN,SIMONE L PARENT COORDINATOR $39,593.01
    GRIFFIN,MADELINE S PARENT COORDINATOR $17,937.50
    GRISSOM,ANTONIO T PARENT COORDINATOR $29,845.22
    GUILLORY,MARCUS A PARENT COORDINATOR $66,535.38
    GUILLORY,PHILANDREA E PARENT COORDINATOR $75,116.01
    HARDEN,TRACIE PARENT COORDINATOR $50,286.50
    HARRIS,ZETTIA D PARENT COORDINATOR $3,236.37
    HIPP,ADINA PARENT COORDINATOR $31,750.20
    HOLCOMB,ANGELA N PARENT COORDINATOR $51,895.70
    JACKSON-GILL,SHERRYL A PARENT COORDINATOR $50,829.78
    JENKINS,NICOLE S PARENT COORDINATOR $52,457.40
    MADISON,DELMONTE PARENT COORDINATOR $36,415.44
    MASON,KEVIN D PARENT COORDINATOR $8,388.80
    MAYFIELD,RODNEY L PARENT COORDINATOR $59,459.60
    MOTON,MELODY N PARENT COORDINATOR $4,342.62
    POUGH,TAMMY M PARENT COORDINATOR $60,816.28
    PRICE,RONALD C PARENT COORDINATOR $57,624.60
    RIVAS,STEPHON A PARENT COORDINATOR $78,646.48
    ROGERS,RAMON PARENT COORDINATOR $68,210.60
    ROSSO,ANGELICA PARENT COORDINATOR $2,631.21
    SALEEM,MIKAL A PARENT COORDINATOR $35,440.47
    SMILEY,NATHANIEL PARENT COORDINATOR $9,776.40
    SMITH,SPARKLE T PARENT COORDINATOR $60,144.42
    THOMPSON,LISA PARENT COORDINATOR $64,943.20
    WALKER-FRANCIS,TASHA M PARENT COORDINATOR $14,018.66
    WARD-CLAUDMAN,WYLENE PARENT COORDINATOR $41,577.42
    WARNER,MARSHEA L PARENT COORDINATOR $55,274.20
    WATSON,PAMELA C PARENT COORDINATOR $6,810.90
    WATTS,KATINA PARENT COORDINATOR $58,579.60
    WHITE,CHANDA L PARENT COORDINATOR $2,000.01
    WILLIAMS,TAMEICA P PARENT COORDINATOR $19,628.50
    WIMBERLY,ALVIN PARENT COORDINATOR $48,853.33

    We wonder how on Earth these overpaid, under-qualified people find anything to do when many of the very parents they are supposed to “coordinate” actually work during the hours parent centers are open. We have asked several times for usage statistics (like libraries — including most school libraries — keep) and have been denied information that should be public record. We are told that no usage statistics are kept. Student improvement as a result of the parent centers where parents are “coordinated” is not tracked at all. How is it possible to assess the impact and value of parent centers when usage and progress are not tracked?

  30. Fred in DeKalb says:

    @DSW, I am confused. At 7:03pm you said, I’m not going to break my own rule and start pointing out ordinary people. Then at 11:51pm you said, * just off the top of our heads we recognize the following overpaid, under-qualified Friends-and-Family*. All this was said while sharing the list of names from 2012-2013 of those paid with the title of Parent Coordinator without any context.

    Does that mean anyone with a name similar to a former superintendent, Board or staff member is an overpaid, under-qualified Friends-and-Family? I know of many former employees that have children that attended schools in DeKalb then came to work for the district. Does that make all of them overpaid, under-qualified Friends-and-Family? If so, that is a pretty broad brush you are using to describe many great employees in the district.

  31. teachermom says:

    A friend told me that at her school that all of the materials that were purchased fro their parent center so parents could check them out were still shrink wrapped when the parent coordinator left. The teachers finally started bringing the materials into their classrooms so the kids could use them…

  32. teachermom says:

    Pardon my awkward writing and typos. I always forget to drink coffee BEFORE posting.

  33. @teachermom: What do you mean when the coordinators left? Have they closed the current Parent Centers? There is a team working on starting up new Parent Centers – as if it’s a brand new idea. We are confused.

  34. Teachingmom says:

    Hmm. Well they may be calling them different things but this is the room that the Parent Coordinator worked out of and I know there were similar rooms in other schools. It was an office that had materials that parents could check out. The parent coordinator worked out of it (there is no one this year, empty room). Maybe we are talking about two different things or renamed things. I haven’t followed the details of the new Parent Centers too closely, are they going to have stand alone facilities or are they in the schoolhouse? I will say again that translators would be a better use of funds.

  35. This and That says:

    DSW, I personally know one person on the list of parent coordinators – he was at my school two years ago. We (the teachers) were always wondering what his title was and what he did. Even the school secretary did not know his title and what he did – he just floated around the building. We thought he had to do with discipline. Then last year he moved with our principal to a different school – when about 50 principals were “reassigned” to different schools. Now he is listed as a parent coordinator – really? I have a masters degree and he is making more? Never saw him even near the parent center!

  36. teachermom says:

    For some reason this computer has me as Teachingmom. Fixed that. Previous post is from teachermom.

  37. @This and That – if you wouldn’t mind, please send us an email with this person’s name. (Don’t post it on the blog.) dekalbschoolwatch@gmail.com

  38. whyisnobodylistening says:

    at my school, i have begun to hear faint rumblings from teachers who are getting tired of the treatment they are receiving…talk of strikes, walk outs, talking to the press, and/or picketing…….there was quite a number when you start counting them up…..have other teachers heard such whispers at their schools?

  39. sosad says:

    I cannot believe that there are still this many “Parent Coordinators”, and that they are paid these unbelievable salaries. I would like to see the job descriptions, qualifications and pay scale. These people make more than I do, a teacher with 27 years of experience and a Masters degree. Like you, I would like to see usage statistics on these centers. Teachers have to account for every second of our time. If you are going to cut costs…this would be a great place to cut to raise teacher morale!

  40. teachermom says:

    I haven’t heard about strikes or walk outs but I think a lot of ours are leaving. Second year in a row of teacher exodus.

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