From the DeKalb Neighbor newspaper >>
by LaTria Garnigan
The DeKalb County School District is actively seeking to petition the state board of education to become a full charter system and has held several meetings around the county to engage in citizen input.
Last week, a handful of community members met at Dunwoody High School to air their concerns and ask questions about what this charter petition will entail.
Trenton Arnold, regional superintendent for District 3 and chair of the district’s petition efforts, said the district is moving forward with its plans and gave a timeline of necessary upcoming events. On Monday, there will be a board update during the work session and the first required public hearing.
–Sept. 10: there will be a flexibility advisory committee meeting
–Oct. 6: another board update during the work session and the second required public hearing
–Oct. 6: resolution by the DeKalb school board and proposed adoption of the charter petition.
Arnold said the Oct. 6 date for adoption was something that could change to a later date if the school board feels they need more time to discuss or would like more public input.
Read more: Neighbor Newspapers – Community questions DeKalb charter system petition
After you read this report, let us know in the comments if anything presented by DCSS appears clear to you. It’s clear as mud to us.
Further, at a meeting at Dunwoody High School regarding the Common Core, Dunwoody City Council member Lynn Deutsch had this to say about the charter system proposal >>
The potential formation of independent school systems and charter schools throughout the county was also a topic of discussion for many parents and residents. Dunwoody parent and City Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch said while she supports small school systems, she did not think the state board should approve a charter system application from the county.
“I support formation of small school systems and I think if we drill down in the data, we see that children in large urban school systems do far worse than children in small rural systems with far fewer resources than systems like the one DeKalb County has,” she said.
“We need decentralized management, however, I implore you not to approve the charter system application from the county that will come before you in the next year or so because the county school system has no ability to give true autonomy to its local schools.”
Read more: Neighbor Newspapers – Common Core defended at public hearing in Dunwoody