By Ty Tagami
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Read the original article here.
The DeKalb County School District has made “material progress” addressing the concerns of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, but the organization did not restore full accreditation after a recent monitoring visit.
SACS will keep DeKalb’s accreditation at the “warned” level, a couple of notches below full accreditation, says a July 2 report by the organization that DeKalb released Friday.
The district has completed work on nine of 14 “required actions” but faces important changes in leadership. The election this year, culminating with Tuesday’s runoff, will alter the makeup of the school board. Also, the district will need to find a successor to Superintendent Michael Thurmond by June.
“The work to date has managed to stabilize the system and set it on a path to continuous improvement,” the SACS report said. “However, the school system faces several critical challenges that can threaten the sustainability of the progress made.”
This is why the quest for dual accreditation for all DeKalb County high schools led by Terry Nall and others is so critical. Our schools in DeKalb that DO manage to provide a quality education for their students should not have to suffer due to inept leadership and challenges at other schools in the district. We cannot risk all of our accreditation on SACS alone. Our graduating students must graduate from an accredited high school. Dual accreditation (a second accreditation via Georgia Accrediting Commission) provides this safety net. Our school board approved dual accreditation beginning this Fall. I hope all of the school councils keep tabs on the progress at their respective high schools.