Your Thoughts on Proposed SBOE Rule Changes Due by Noon, Monday, January 12, 2015

Have you noticed?  Whenever there is communication from the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) or from DeKalb County Schools (DCS) they rarely, if ever, talk in specifics about how their latest million-dollar “solution” to the “education problem” will benefit students — especially subgroups of students who don’t fit neatly into the one-size-fits-all, follow-the-checklist “solution.”

GaDOE and the State Board of Education (SBOE) want your input on a proposed change concerning the IE2 and Status Quo Rule for school systems.  Unlike DeKalb County Schools, GaDOE seems genuinely interested in your thoughts.  So make your voice heard. After all, GaDOE and SBOE are spending your tax dollars on this.  Plus it is likely that DCS will have to choose between IE2 and Status Quo.  And so far, there hasn’t been much in the way of a return on investment (ROI) from DCS.  Adult supervision is needed.

Here is the email from Lou Erste:

From: Louis Erste <>
Date: 12/30/2014 8:30 AM (GMT-05:00)
Subject: Comments Invited on Amended IE2 and Status Quo Rule [for School Systems] 

Dear Georgia Charter School and Charter System Community,

Please email me at by 12:00 noon on Monday, January 12, 2015 with any comments you may have on the attached draft of our proposed revised IE2 and Status Quo Rule.

We will be recommending that the SBOE initiate the final draft version of this Rule at their January 15, 2015 meeting and that they Adopt it at their February 19, 2015 meeting.

We would like to consider your input for inclusion in the final draft versions, so please be sure to get us any comments you want us to consider by 12:00 noon on Monday, January 12, 2015.

Please email me if you have any questions about this request.

Thank you,


Louis J. Erste
Associate Superintendent for Policy, Charter Schools, District Flexibility, and Governmental Affairs

Georgia Department of Education

2053 Twin Towers East
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE
Atlanta, GA 30334
(404) 651-8734

Please give thoughtful consideration to the attached documents and send Lou Erste your best thinking.  Unfortunately, these proposed changes have not been published on the SBOE website for general public comment.  So your comments will be very important.

DeKalb County is represented by three SBOE members:

Lisa Kinnemore
Fourth Congressional District
Tel: (404) 657-7410
Fax: (404) 657-6978

Kenneth Mason 

Fifth Congressional District

Tel: (404) 657-7410

Fax: (404) 657-6978

Barbara Hampton, CPA
Sixth Congressional District
Tel: (404) 657-7410
Fax: (404) 657-6978

Be sure to copy all of them on emails you send to Lou Erste.

Please download the documents below and send your comments and suggestions to Lou Erste at GaDOE ( All comments are due by NOON on Monday, January 12, 2015.

5-1-.33 DRAFT REDLINE IE2 & Status Quo
5-1-.33 DRAFT IE2 and Status Quo
IE2 Rule Side by Side Comparison Betw Existing and Proposed

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3 Responses to Your Thoughts on Proposed SBOE Rule Changes Due by Noon, Monday, January 12, 2015

  1. dsw2contributor says:

    DSW, the third link is broken.

    Also, it would be great if someone could explain what relevance (if any) there is to DCSS. (Is the relevance that DCSS chose to do IE2 and now the DOE is updating the rules school districts must follow to do IE2?)

  2. Relevance is – DeKalb schools is a public system in the state of Georgia. These are the new ‘rules’ being set out by the state. The state is asking for citizen’s input all across the state. (Besides, can anyone explain what happened to DeKalb’s charter system petition? Are you saying it’s been ditched and now they’re opting for IE2?)

    ps – The link has been fixed (we think!)

  3. whyaminotsurprised says:

    This looks dominantly like clarification more than actual changes, except for one area that has additional consequences to the IE2 plans. It shouldn’t apply to DCSS (I thought we were past the deadline to declare, and DCSB was pretty clear at the informational meetings it was charter to status quo).
    Personally, I think it just shows that the original state bill was full of errors and inconsistencies to begin with. I hate what DCSB has done in response, but it is a very poorly written law to begin with.

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