It’s true. DeKalb County Schools administrators left the opportunity — and the monies — to hire more than 300 additional state-funded teachers on the table.
Here’s the scoop: The state funds teaching positions earned by school districts according to a complicated formula they concocted years ago called QBE (Quality Basic Education). According to those calculations, DeKalb County School District was entitled to funding for 7,008 certified employees (mainly that means teachers). DeKalb accepted funding for only 6,699 (meaning they can and have only hired 6,699 certified employees).
The chart below shows the states report on the subject and includes every county. They also rate a county’s wealth (which determines their local share) and DeKalb rated as the 39th wealthiest district in the state.
CLICK HERE to read the full report, including Appendices A & B, on state funding of step increases. (NOTE: Words shown in blue below are NOT links.)
This new revelation only leaves us wondering yet again, why are we paying over $3 million to international teacher supply consultants to provide up to 45 teachers from the allotted teacher fund in the general budget? These items together reveal that not only can our HR department not interview/hire and place enough teachers to staff classrooms (and don’t even get us started on the inequity of class sizes around the system) – but they left state money for over 300 more teachers on the table. Essentially saying, “‘No, thanks’, we can’t get it done – we’ll just overburden the teachers we already have.”
In our humble opinion, the DeKalb HR department is a disaster. They are at the heart of what ails this school district and need to be replaced with corporately trained professionals. As we say in the South, “Sooner than later.”