You voted for same-old-same-old. In every district, except district #1, the incumbents garnered the most votes.
You voted for a board that supports a bloated central office. You voted for ignoring corruption. You voted for continued ineptness. You voted for greed. You voted to continue treating teachers disrespectfully. You voted for cover-ups, secrecy, and non-responsiveness. You voted for a board that endorses the administrative leadership of DeKalb schools.
In addition, you essentially told anyone in the future not to bother spending their time, energy and money running for a school board seat the old-fashioned, American way – by grassroots campaigning. You weren’t listening. You are too busy and too apathetic to be bothered to find out who these candidates really are and what they stand for. You just ‘bought’ the media message pushed out by the board and the superintendent that ‘all is well’ now and they have magically fixed everything! Come back and tell us you believe that after the next round of test results and graduation reports. Come back and tell how happy you are with your child’s new ‘temporary’ teacher – placed there by an insider temp agency paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to ‘supply’ teachers – as if they are office materials.
If you think anything will change for the better now, you are sadly mistaken. Why should the same system administrators who drove DeKalb County Schools into the ditch do anything but more of the same? You told them you like it! Or worse, you let them know that you simply don’t really care.
- Only 54,973 voters in DeKalb County decided the fate of a billion dollar enterprise. Want statistics? Here they are: 10% of the eligible voters in DeKalb County voted. In fact, the number of voters equaled approximately 55% of the number of students in DeKalb County Public Schools.
- Only 24,815 people voted for a clean slate and a chance to save DeKalb County Schools. That is less than 5% of the eligible voters in DeKalb – a group about ¼ the size of DeKalb County Schools student population
DeKalb County, you were so apathetic that the number of voters did not even equal the number of public school students.
- If you voted for an incumbent in the school board race – shame on you!
- If you did not vote at all, no excuse is valid – shame on you!