Performance and Problems of Public Education – a public hearing

State Board of Education
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Dunwoody High School

State Board of Education member Barbara Hampton will hold a public hearing for citizens in the Sixth Congressional District on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. The meeting will be held from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Dunwoody High School, 5035 Vermack Road, Dunwoody, GA.

The purpose of the hearing is to hear comments from interested citizens and educators within the congressional district regarding the performance and problems of public education. This includes hearing comments about the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts as part of the State Board’s formal evaluation of these standards.

Persons wishing to speak should sign in upon arrival.

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17 Responses to Performance and Problems of Public Education – a public hearing

  1. midvaledad says:

    DeKalb County is so dysfunctional the State BOE can’t address our issues with state-wide policies.

  2. The only solution is to break up these huge districts

  3. thedeal2 says:

    The state needs to commit to find a way to rescue the children stuck in systems like DeKalb where there is no way out and no clear path to resolution of the adult-created problems.

  4. Here’s some fun news!

    Auditions for “A Year with Frog and Toad” (1st – 8th grade)
    1st – 8th grade students can audition for Forefront Arts’ production of “A Year with Frog and Toad” on Saturday, 8/23 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

    Click here for more info >>

  5. Stan Jester says:

    Don’t hold your breath. Mike Buck was a State Superintendent candidate and is currently John Barge’s Chief of Staff. Buck echoes The Department of Education in general when he said, “If we stay the course and implement the standards with fidelity, we will see improved outcomes for our students.”

    The general fund was $740M in FY13, $764M in FY14 and is $800M this year. The Governor just dumped a bunch of money into education. We are spending more and more per student, yet a teacher salary schedule comparison shows that half the daily rates in the schedule were lowered this year.

    A representative from the State BOE is speaking at Dunwoody HS tonight. I’ll record it and post it and we’ll see where their priorities are.

    Nancy said it best in her blog about the failures in education at the state level saying, what good is any policy without consequences for failure? Many other states accredit their own schools and have consequences within their accreditation for poor financial and academic performance management. Tennessee is moving its lowest performing schools out of the hands of their local district and into a state run “Achievement District”. They are not alone. But, here in Georgia, our tacit policy is, “We subsidize failure.”

  6. dsw2contributor says:

    Stan, at your fact checker blog, you wrote: “Teachers with at least 11 years experience will have a higher daily rate by virtue of their Step Increase.”

    Dekalb froze step increases — and they never unfroze them– so a Dekalb educator can have Y years of experience, but only X of those years count as steps. This may explain the red, negative numbers in your table. (Sorry I can’t provide more details; I don’t have time right now to open up the links your provided and look them.)

  7. Stan Jester says:

    You are correct (which is worse). Step increases have been frozen for 5 or 6 years now. So that means, due to the new Salary Schedule for FY15, many teachers will be making less per day than they did last year. They will, however, have a higher Gross Annual Income from working more days.

  8. dsw2contributor says:

    WJBF is reporting “Board Pops Pringle as First Woman Superintendent in Richmond County Schools”:

  9. howdy1942 says:

    I agree with the comments to break up the Dekalb County School System. That just seems to me to be a win-win for everyone involved. Look at the impact that the creation of the cities of Dunwoody and Brookhaven have had. Tax revenues for the school system have increased by 13% in those two cities just during this past year. What would happen if they were allowed to simply have their own charter schools funded at just the per-pupil level of Dekalb County? What would happen if Druid Hills, Tucker, and Lakeside were allowed to do the same? Per-pupil tax revenues for every student in Dekalb County would soar and that would be beneficial to everyone living here.

    In Tucker’s cityhood proposal, 94% of all revenues would continue to flow to Dekalb County as well as all of its school taxes. At least three realtors have indicated to me that a $200,000 home in Tucker would increase by $10,000 in value in the first year alone. That represents new money to both the County and to the school system. That could only be enhanced if Tucker could also have its own charter school system. Given the increase in property values, increase in tax revenues, and value to the residents, why is that not a good deal for all parties? Wouldn’t that be a step in the right direction?

    Again, flipping my rolodex, Stan – I look forward to seeing that video from last night’s meeting in Dunwoody held by the State Board of Education representative from that area. Again, many thanks for your hard work on our behalf.

  10. FWIW- here is a video report on a new private high school created by the Jesuits. They are setting these up around the country – and proving that preparing students for success is not rocket science – it just requires teachers and mentors.

    CBS46 News

  11. Invoking DeKalb school crisis, Nathan Deal questions ‘wishy washy’ critics

    So now it’s become a vote-getting tactic…

    Gov. Nathan Deal’s visit to a DeKalb County school turned into a celebration of his decision last year to replace most of the county’s board – and an attempt to knock Democrat Jason Carter’s role in the crisis.

    Deal’s back-to-school tour took him to the gleaming new Chamblee Charter High School, where Deal and other Republicans rolled out new attacks against the Democratic state senator in quick fashion.

    At the school, Deal said “the future of all of these young people here was really hanging in the balance” in December 2012 when a watchdog agency threatened the system’s accreditation after concluding the school board was mired in deep dysfunction.

    But of course, as we all know, Governor Deal raced in and saved the day… by disenfranchising the majority of the school board districts — and voters — in DeKalb County!! The ballot box is not sacrosanct* to Governor Let’s-Make-A-Deal. Remember that in November.
    * regarded as too important or valuable to be interfered with


  12. More on Deal’s use of DeKalb’s situation as a tactic to use against his opponent, Jason Carter >>

    [The AJC] wrote a story at the height of that 2013 political battle that Carter supported a compromise that sought to avoid a court battle. That plan would allow the governor’s office to monitor the school board’s process in a “tightly-controlled agreement” if the legal challenges were dropped.

    “The governor and I may have policy differences, but I believe in my heart that he would take very seriously the constitutional questions about this law,” Carter said then. “It’s a very tough task to ask the governor to remove people who are duly elected.”

    Those differences are presumably why he didn’t appear at the news conference announcing the suspension, pictured above. But Carter’s campaign points us to a press release he sent to constituents after that decision pledging to “do everything I can to support this board and its work.” Said the release:

    “I know that there are differing views on the law that allowed the governor to remove the elected board members and replace them, but we can all agree that we have to move forward and do what is best for the children of DeKalb County. That’s what I intend to do.”

    In a statement, Carter spokesman Bryan Thomas said the attack was a “desperate attempt to deflect from the governor’s abysmal record on education” and that Carter set aside party politics and encouraged the community to move forward together.

    “Sen. Carter worked aggressively on behalf of the kids and families in DeKalb County, just as he will for all Georgia families as governor,” said Thomas. “Any suggestion to the contrary is simply untrue.”,/i>

  13. dsw2contributor says:

    Check out this tidbit from WABE’s coverage of Nathan Deal’s visit to Chamblee Charter High School:

    [Deal] said if he wins a second term, he’ll propose new education initiatives, such as offering ungraded classes. “If [students are] in an ungraded situation and they can move along and progress appropriately, then they can at some point rejoin their peers and never have the stigma of having failed a grade,” Deal said.


  14. anothercomment says:

    How many more ways can Deal lie about his educational theft during his campaign. I hope that teachers don’t fall for his Lies, or fall for voting R, because they or their neighbors, family of church members are R. Deal and Republicans have robbed teachers, and the school house blind during the last 3.5 years. His adds this year are bird crap, compared to what he pilfered. Pilfered to give Jet Stream tax credits. Pilfered to give his buddy that cashed out his carpet mills before the crash, big tax credits to build new flooring factors that will pay low wage factory jobs in NW Georgia. Not livable wage. They will use job brokers to bring in more illegals to fill those jobs, just like they did with the livable carpet mill jobs and poultry jobs, until they drove the prices so low. Now a 25 year seniority Ga. born millwork or poultry worker can not keep up with the speed of the lines filled with the never ending import workers 20-30 years younger, due to carpel tunnel syndrome and other ills.

    A vote for Deal will not get you a pay raise next year, it will not change your insurance past this year, it will not lower you class size past this year. Deal isn’t even doing it this year.

    So teachers a vote for Deal is a vote for a pay cut and worse teaching conditions.

    Parents a vote for Deal is a vote for the bottom 40 in Education.

    A vote for Jason Carter is a vote for hope in Education. A vote for real Change. My vote will be for Jason.

    My friends and I were in college in Washington, DC during the end of Jimmy Carter’s term. Jimmy and Rosalind were the only President and First Lady in modern times that actually sent their daughter Amy to the actual Public School that the white house was zoned to during his white house day. She went to the high poverty all black school that 1600 Pa. Ave. was zoned to. They would show on the news in DC. Amy and her Secret Service Agents going to that school. Some parents probably rejoiced as it was the best 4 years of their children’s education, as one student made a difference and made their public school safe, and her classes has no one acting out in with the 2-3 Secret Service Agents in the Class. Jason grew up in a family who sent their children to public schools, even while Govenor and President. He would continue to send his children to Public Schools while Govenor, they would be over in APS, at the Govenors Mansion, over in the North Atlanta Cluster. ( Not a controversy free cluster by any means). I want some one whose family, even sent his Aunt to the Ghetto schools in DC, while Grandpa was President. Nixon, Bush, Clinton, and Obama did not do this but the Carters did.

  15. Oh! And guess who else didn’t send his own child to DeKalb public schools – opting for private and abandoning his neighborhood schools – even though he lived here and was zoned for a south DeKalb school?

    Why, that would be Michael Thurmond! Our superintendent ‘savior’ according to Gov. Deal (and Michael Thurmond).

    Bottom line: Michael Thurmond had no interest in helping or ‘saving’ this school district until he was offered $300,000 for the job.

  16. dsw2contributor says:

    “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” — Upton Sinclair

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