Georgia School Systems To Decide On Operating Models

While we are all sidetracked with the superintendent search, a very important decision is being made by district leaders and Michael Thurmond.. Which operating model will DeKalb choose by the approaching state deadline? Will it be IE2, Charter, or Status Quo?

A number of other school districts are choosing to become charter systems. Schools like the DeKalb County School District and the Atlanta Public School System have told the state they intend to become charter systems. As part of that model, districts gain freedom from most state rules and laws, but they need a local governing team at every school. Those teams will make decisions about budget, personnel and curriculum. School systems also have to sign a performance contract with the state. “The best thing about districts having to choose is that in either case, whether it’s IE2 or charter system, they’re selecting a performance contract; they’re agreeing to increase student performance,” [associate superintendent for policy and charters with the state Department of Education] Lou Erste said.

This is a critical decision that will effect our schools for decades. We are hopeful that this decision will be made with the new superintendent’s input. This is another reason to move forward with the search: Our new superintendent should have meaningful input and understanding of the decisions currently being made by the district.

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23 Responses to Georgia School Systems To Decide On Operating Models

  1. whyaminotsurprised says:

    The last information meeting I went to (last year) I asked about the problem of “they need a local governing team at every school.” The speaker specifically clarified that they believe that they could pick and choose which schools had their own governing board, so there’s a big question of what they are planning to do and what they say they will do and what they are supposed to do. The link you have says that DeKalb has already chosen the Charter system, but the radio silence on what this will look for DeKalb is frustratingly long.

  2. sawyerbrown68 says:

    There should absolutely be input by a the new super. It’s bad business to have critical decisions made by an out-going superintendent with just 2 years of experience. Under that scenario, there is no one held accountable.

  3. brother dekalb says:

    The district “leaders” held two public hearings in September and in October when the majority of speakers said we’re not ready for this. We’ve received no other notifications about any charter plans, but on Thursday of last week, WABE ran the story stating that Dekalb intends to become a charter system. How is this even possible when we haven’t hired a superintendent and the deadline for this charter submission is before or as soon as we hire a superintendent?

    I really am frightened by the idea that the district will have such freedom. If the district is serious, where is any information explaining how each school will have its own governing body in charge of “budge, personnel, and curriculum”? How could this even happen by the beginning of the school year? And I don’t want to think about class sizes!

  4. Edugator says:

    A new super on board? Check the AJC!

  5. dsw2contributor says:

    http://kcpublicschools.org/superintendent

    “Missouri has recognized our efforts by granting us provisional accreditation. We’re not stopping there, though. Full accreditation is our goal for 2015. We are gearing up for greatness! ”

    I’m shaking my head in disgust.

  6. A 2013 interview with him:

  7. The news from the AJC:
    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/dekalb-schools-names-superintendent-finalist/nmFWS/

    “R. Stephen Green, the superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools, is expected to take over the top job for the DeKalb County School District, according to more than one person with knowledge of the search.”

  8. Check out the 16-minute mark in that interview, from 2013 – he talks about what they’re going to do to get full accreditation, but the district Has not been successful at that yet. They’re only at provisional accreditation.

  9. melaniestef says:

    Dr. Green is talking curriculum and instruction not politics. I hope we hear more and more about student achievement. I am so very hopeful. Support for teachers…hello and thank you!!! Excited and hopeful!!

  10. Meanwhile, back at the ranch >>

    Reid, Pope taken into custody on DeKalb school construction case

    Think about this: If hired, Dr. Green will be our FOURTH superintendent since Dr. Lewis. We have to pray for stability and genuine, caring, education-focused leadership.

  11. We do wonder what became of this plan though >>

    In the DeKalb search, Johnson said it had narrowed it to semi-finalists. From the pool of four, the board will select up to three finalists to participate in public and private panels.

    http://www.thecrier.net/news/article_0f066aa2-edaf-11e4-884e-13eb49fbe27e.html

  12. In March, Green was named the 2015 Pearce Award (Missouri’s superintendent of the year) winner by the Missouri Association of School Administrators. Eight school district superintendents in Missouri were nominated for the award:
    http://www.kmbc.com/news/kc-schools-chief-named-missouri-superintendent-of-the-year/32024910

    I hope Missouri’s “Superintendent of the Year” award is more meaningful that that “National Superintendent of the Year” award that the American Association of School Administrators gave to Beverly Hall…

  13. Here’s an interesting take on the ‘superintendent of the year’ award >>

    Steele: KC Super Wins Best In State…Seriously
    Posted on March 26, 2015 by Rich Steele

    Sad but true: The Missouri Association of School Administrators has named Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent R. Stephen Green “it’s (sic) 2015 Pearce Award winner.”

    Bad enough is the glaring grammatical error in the second sentence of the press release from the School District’s PR office. Worse is the rationale for awarding Green the state’s top honor.

    Says the release, “Under Dr. Green’s leadership since 2011, the district has used laser-like focus to increase student achievement, to prepare students for college and career success and to help students become collaborative, creative, and caring critical thinkers and communicators.”

    … “To verify the “unprecedented gains” in test scores of the which the release boasts, I checked one high school at random, Central High. Here is what Green’s “laser-like focus” has accomplished.

    In 2011, 21 percent of the Central students were rated proficient in the Algebra I section of the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test. In 2014, that number was 9 percent.

    In 2011, 8 percent of the students tested were proficient in biology. In 2014, that figure was 7 percent. Over the three years of Green’s tenure, the scores declined as well in government, biology, and English II.

    The only subject that showed improvement was English I, but the take-away from that test is that four-fifths of the students at Central are NOT proficient in English.”

    This is not good data.

  14. Principals were notified that they have to go to the Palace tomorrow for a meeting — my guess is they’re being called in to meet Dr. Green.

  15. Save a copy of his “Welcome to the Kansas City Public Schools” message and bio that is posted on the Kansas City schools website:

    http://kcpublicschools.org/superintendent

    From the second paragraph:
    “Missouri has recognized our efforts by granting us provisional accreditation. We’re not stopping there, though. Full accreditation is our goal for 2015. We are gearing up for greatness! ”

    He talked a good game, but he is quitting before he delivered.

  16. sawyerbrown68 says:

    Dr. Green,

    I hope you do not suffer fools and incompetents on your staff and in school principal positions. I read that you have spent a substantial amount of time as a teacher and as a schoolhouse administrator before climbing to the school district levels. If your curriculum vitae has served you wisely, you must know what good staff and good administrators are supposed to do. The Dekalb School District is run by men and women who, on one hand, wanted a higher salary and , on the other hand, wanted even more to get out of the class rooms that they dispised. Be on your guard.

    I humbly beg you, Dr. Green, to act quickly and put an end to the farce that is driving our school district into the ground. Enough with these administrators who are afraid of the class room! Enough with these pseudo educators who cannot replicate in front of students the lessons and the results that their ill-begotten policies call for! While the dollars should be closest to the students, you must be sure that these funds are entrusted into competent, ethical, and caring hands.

    In my school zone, the high school spends school money on big screen televisions that are still in their original boxes, on high-tech administrative radios, and on a new varsity letter for non-athlete. This school is more concerned with letters on jackets than concerned about the actual value of the letter grades of its students’ transcripts! Because of the current conditions, the high school will have lost 20-25 teachers and administrators in 2 short years without replacing the departing teachers and administrators with worthy replacements. Teachers are interviewing or have interviewed in other districts. Offers are being extended and accepted. The high school is leeking its institutional knowledge like the Titanic. The word in the community is a new principal will be in place on June first while the current one is cast off to a smaller venue. At least, that was the Sunday conversation in the pews on Lavista, Briarcliff, and Oak Grove.

    Yet, Mr. Thurmond is allowing the unthinkable: decisions for the coming year or years on courses offered, teaching reassignments, head coaching, job posting, and hiring are being made without properly considering the students and the staff affected by the ill-conceived notions of operating a school that has plagued and nearly destroyed a strong faculty for 2 full years. Left to go on, this will hinder the new principal for many years.

    Dr. Green, come see for yourself this week or next week before school is out. You need to send these teachers and students competent and caring help now.

    Enough about my school where it’s one scandal (some deserved, some not) after another. You will not survive Dekalb County if you put your faith in RT, MB, and TW-S who members of your cabinet.

    Best wishes for a successful 5 years in Dekalb County,

    Sawyer Brown
    sawyerbrown68@gmail.com

  17. To your point, Mr. Brown, we have also heard that the very expensive solar panels at Arabia High School are just ‘for looks’ – they are not functioning and produce no energy.

  18. Looks like it’s a done deal >>

    KCPS Superintendent Dr. Stephen Green to leave position for job in Georgia

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the fourth time since 2003, the Kansas City School District is looking for a new superintendent.

    Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Green is expected to take a similar position with the DeKalb School District in Georgia.

    Kansas City Federation of Teachers & School President Andrea Flinders told 41 Action News Wednesday morning that Green accepted the position.

    Flinders learned about the move by a phone call from Green this morning.

    “Well, my initial reaction was surprise,” Flinders said. “I did not expect it. I thought it came out of left field and I thought he would be here for the long haul.”

    Flinders credited Green with providing the district some well-needed stability, along with caring for the academic success for Kansas City’s students.

    “Dr. Green’s done a lot for this district,” she said. “He has stabilized it. He came into a very difficult situation where our district was in complete chaos with the last superintendent leaving and I think he’s kept up a really job of keeping staff focused on our children and their education.”

    A press conference will be held Wednesday evening at district headquarters. A second press conference is expected in Georgia later on Wednesday.

    Green became the official superintendent for the district in April 2012 after serving as an interim superintendent.

    Prior to joining KCPS, Green was the President and CEO of the Kauffman Scholars from March 2005 – August 2011.

    He also served as a superintendent for the New York City Department of Education.

    Dekalb School District third largest school district in Georgia

    By moving to Georgia, Green will inherit a school district that’s considerably larger than the one he previously served.

    Interesting interactive chart at the end of this article. It shows that while Kansas City has far fewer students, it actually has a much larger per student budget. [$328,000,000 for 16,000 students – $20,500 per student – housed in 39 schools vs DeKalb’s $874,000,000 for 100,000 students – $8,740 per student – housed in 137 schools] We do wonder if the people who made this chart used operating budgets for both systems or consolidated for KC and operating for DeKalb – DeKalb’s TOTAL consolidated budget is $1,200,000,000 or $12,000 per student – still nowhere near KC.

  19. Good news!

    Woodward Elementary surprised with School Crashers makeover

    It takes place the last weekend in July — roll up your sleeves and come on out to help! [Since SPLOST has virtually left this school untouched!]

  20. Check out how differently this Alabama school district is handling their search – which includes an employee of DeKalb schools as one of the finalists >>

    Top five superintendents selected

    The search for a Superintendent of Bullock County Board of Education has been narrowed to five candidates; Dr. Matthew Alexander, Jr. from Decatur, GA; Mr. Jimmy C. Fryer from Louisville, AL; Dr. Elliott Harris from Leeds, AL; Dr. Irma W. Townsend from Enterprise, AL and Dr. Avis Williams from Kannapolis, North Carolina.

    Bullock County Board of Education will interview the top five candidates on May 18, 19 and 20. On May 18 and 19 one candidate will be interviewed from 5:00 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. and a second candidate from 7:00 p.m. until 8:45 p.m. On May 20 the final candidate will be interviewed from 5:00 p.m. until 6:45 p.m.

    The public will be allowed to attend the interviews which will be held at the David Lowe Gymnasium at Bullock County High School. Thirty-eight candidates applied for the position from eight states.

  21. More news on the subject >> [beyond the pay wall]

    DeKalb school board members impressed with choice to lead district

    With DeKalb County Schools’ turnaround not yet fully realized, Board of Education Chairman Melvin Johnson said he wants the next superintendent to be capable of continuing the work started by outgoing superintendent Michael Thurmond.

  22. It isn’t.

    There was a critical piece of information left out of Quinn Hudson’s and Melvin Johnson’s overblown PR pieces about R. Stephen Green:

    “To verify the “unprecedented gains” in test scores of the which the release” [from the Missouri Association of School Administrators] “boasts, I checked one high school at random, Central High. Here is what Green’s “laser-like focus” has accomplished.

    “In 2011, 21 percent of the Central students were rated proficient in the Algebra I section of the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test. In 2014, that number was 9 percent.

    “In 2011, 8 percent of the students tested were proficient in biology. In 2014, that figure was 7 percent. Over the three years of Green’s tenure, the scores declined as well in government, biology, and English II.

    “The only subject that showed improvement was English I, but the take-away from that test is that four-fifths of the students at Central are NOT proficient in English.”

    Keep in mind that there are only about 15,000 students in Kansas City Public Schools. Go here to read the original: http://www.kcconfidential.com/tag/r-stephen-green/

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