In reality, this “Bridge” Initiative was no more than just old, recycled ‘problem’ statements from past superintendent’s initiatives and repackaged into yet another stab in the dark at solving these chronic issues. There was never anything measurable to it.
Below is the same old recycled broad statement of a ‘strategic problem’ looking for another very costly ‘solution’ >>
DeKalb County School District’s failure to implement a comprehensive strategy designed to bridge growth and achievement gaps has negatively impacted college and career readiness of students from low income families
Hmmm. Where oh where have we heard those words before?
How about “Premier DeKalb” – the District-Wide Parental Involvement Framework by Dr. Crawford Lewis, former superintendent fired for being charged with racketeering and other charges >> http://slideplayer.com/slide/759116/ (Almost every player is no longer with the school district)
Or how about Triage! That’s what they called the plan to improve test scores in July, 2011. http://dekalbschoolwatch.blogspot.com/2011/07/triage-thats-what-theyre-calling-plan.html
Or maybe these words harken you back to the day when in a, “Ramona Tyson said she’s focused on providing students and teachers with the opportunity for a “safe and positive” learning experience. … Introducing Tyson, school board Chairman Tom Bowen said the board is focused on accountability, change and educating every student.”
And we are all still waiting with baited breath for the full forensic audit long-ago promised by Ramona Tyson – complete with a very specific schedule for production >>> http://dekalbschoolwatch.blogspot.com/2011/05/ramona-tysons-report-on-2004-ernst.html
(BTW – it never happened, it was just all blow.)
How about the fully ignored recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Task Force?
The Citizens Task Force?
Lest we forget to mention the Charettes! Another enormous exercise in wasting your time!
And we so enjoyed Cheryl Atkinson’s fake “100 Day Plan” after her “Fireside Chats” with community members. There went another superintendent – who quit or was fired yet left with a $100,000+ parting gift. [before Lewis, Johnny Brown
absconded with was given a whopping $400,000+ to leave!]
Overall, current $300,000 a year superintendent Michael Thurmond made many empty ‘promises’ to be included in his n’er to be submitted “90 Day Strategic Plan”… one of which was likely to be a forensic audit >> [Never mentioned again] https://dekalbschoolwatch.com/2013/04/10/so-wheres-the-plan/
Not only that, the district was supposed to have issued a well-thought out decision regarding their choice for flexibility as requested by the state. Rumors were that Thurmond was going to make the district a charter district, however, we still have no official news on that subject.
You see, the leaders of DCSD are very adept at making promises. It’s their specialty! But in reality, they have no earthly idea where to go from there. They have been unable to move the needle of student achievement for over a decade.
This administration does not track anything that might make it look bad.
Essentially, what we have in DeKalb is an awful lot of ‘EduSpeak’ and not much action. For this, taxpayers fork over $1.4 Billion each and every year to fund the consolidated budget of DeKalb County Schools.