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DeKalb School Watch Goes Postal!

If you can read and/or add you know that DeKalb County Schools is still in serious trouble and there’s a chance it could get worse.

Someone out there knows something that, placed in the right hands, will be the beginning of the end for the DeKalb County Schools Leadership Cartel. And by “the right hands” we mean the IRS.

It is already crystal clear that neither the DeKalb District Attorney, the Georgia Attorney General, the Georgia Governor (FYI, all elected) — nor the U. S. Attorney — will investigate and prosecute the very obvious wrongdoings by the DeKalb County Schools leadership. Certainly the Georgia media is too weak and uninterested.

We also know that you personally are afraid of the DeKalb Schools Cartel. They have put the fear of God into you. You are afraid of losing your job or worse. You have information to pass along … in your gut you know that DeKalb School Watch can be trusted not to reveal your identity … but neither e-mail nor telephone feels secure enough for you.

So, DeKalb School Watch has obtained a P. O. Box. Send what you know … send whatever you think might help bring down the DeKalb County Schools Cartel to:

DeKalb School Watch
P. O. Box 660221
Atlanta, GA 30341-0221

We promise you, we will put what you send into the right hands. Because there is no way we can know or trace the identity of the sender, there is no way we can be pressured to reveal your identity. All we are seeking is enough information to convince the authorities that significant, further investigation is warranted.

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9 Responses to Contact Us

  1. Tonya Cummings says:

    To whom it may concern, My name is Tonya Cummings I along with several other parents have been having, bullying issues both cyber and physical with my kids in McNair Middle School since September I have call the principal and visited had meeting with, the Community Officer, the 6th grade Counselors and security about this issues, my Son was jumped by 9 boys and 1 girl on the bus for 5.7 mins, my daughter has been hit in face, and breast, she has been threatened to have kids from school come with their family members, kick in our door which our house sits by bus stop so the kids know where we live, if my kids are outside they are also constantly harassed, intimidate, and made to be fearful, I have had to get my kids counseling because of the lack of safety, this school has no plan on action when bullying is concerned nor are they taking it seriously, they are dragging their feet, my case manager has also tried to reach out and resolve this issue and to no avail has she been successful, they are rude and nasty to us both, we have been to school board, to Rachel Ziegler, also her assistant Alicia Moore whom I been talking to since these incidents started, she has taken several reports from me, and nothing has been resolved, it seems like they are waiting until something happens to my kids, McNair has even had recently had two intruder alerts where the kids had to hide underneath desk, and not one parent was notified of these events, in august a guy went to the elementary school wit an arsenal of weapons yet security is still not good at these locations, and all three schools has outbreaks of violence daily and this is a disruption for the students that want to learn, do anyone care?! I have contacted news media as well, I’m need someone to do something about this, and they are non professional also, Principal of the school even suggested that my kids deserve some of what happened to them, that’s messed up too. I am appealing to all reading this to please help me get my kids out OF THIS SCHOOL PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, IM GOING THROUGH THE PROPER PROTOCOL, AND NOTHING IS HELPING. They want me leave my kids in this unsafe situation, what would you do if this was your Child? Please help my kids!,,,,,,,,,,I have emails, my case manager and my kids to verify this and the story some horrific in nature, please hear our story.

  2. @Tonya: Your story is very disturbing. At this point, we would suggest that you somehow secure the services of a lawyer. Or at least call in the police — new laws were passed that make bullying a crime for children over 8 years old. There have been many people successful in getting transfers for their children in these kinds of situations. Some even have had the school system forced to pay for private school – (especially if special education services are not being met.) I would not suggest continuing on within the school system protocol. No one has ever been successful that way as far as we know, and in fact, we know people who have suffered repercussions for being vocal.

  3. The old DSW blog posted an informational article with help for bullying >>

    Bullying – An Information Clearinghouse
    http://dekalbschoolwatch.blogspot.com/2009/04/bullying-attempt-as-information.html

    And FWIW, Maureen Downey posted an article about a new social media app called Yik Yak that can be used for anonymous bullying.

    http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/get-schooled/2014/mar/02/yikes-new-yik-yak-app-brings-threats-disruptions-s/

  4. I have done just that I am now trying to do as you say, I am homeless and a domestic violence victim don’t have money for a lawyer, I have tried contacted a few I’m waiting now to hear back, have meeting Tues after school, news media won’t do our story, its like everyone is waiting for them to get hurt before anything is done. Don’t know what to do from here.

  5. Try this Tonya — it’s from our old blog post >>

    In addition, a HOTLINE sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education provides a 24-hour reporting system for students to report weapons, violence (including bullying), or drugs anonymously by calling 1-877-SAY-STOP. Information is recorded and shared with the local school system and local law enforcement. An investigation is conducted upon receipt of the report.

    Maybe someone at the state will help you!

  6. I have called them too, had a meeting today and they are giving me a hard time about transfer, saying they will not provide transport to new school even thou superintendent can give the ok, they are trying to make us work it out with school now, even thou we telling them my kids don’t feel safe. This messed up and they wondering why kids killing themselves and others or why they bringing weapons to school. I’m at my wits end, Mrs. Ziegler never showed for meeting she called and was on phone, she was very nasty and uncaring and yelling talking over me and I know what happen. They treated us like we were lying or making things up. I’m so disappointed in the school system here gotta move out ga or this county period.

  7. curious says:

    State school board could approve new teacher-principal evaluation system
    Posted: 12:00 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014
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    BY WAYNE WASHINGTON – THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

    State school board could approve new teacher-principal evaluation system HYOSUB SHIN
    Susan Thompson, who teaches social studies at Tucker High School, said the new evaluation system for teachers makes it “easier to have a clear idea of what they expect to see.” HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
    Flunked that end-of-course math test? Sleepwalked through the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test?
    Starting next school year, that might not be a worry just for students; it could be a problem for their teachers as well.

    Top-flight teachers feel betrayed by cuts
    Plunge in ranks of certified teachers
    State to raise teacher standards
    Fulton superintendent proposes putting new teachers on 90-day trial period
    The state Board of Education could give final approval this week to a new evaluation system for teachers and principals that formally includes the academic performance of students. And those teachers whose students do poorly might face the possible loss of their teaching certification.

    The new system, developed after Georgia won a $400 million federal education improvement grant, would be a departure from the way teacher performance is measured now, which is largely through subjective observation by an administrator.

    Observation would still account for 50 percent of how teachers are rated, but the academic performance of their students — how much progress they’ve made and how they perform on standardized tests like end-of-course tests and the CRCT — would make up the other half.

    Academic performance also would play a role in how assistant principals and principals are rated, as would student attendance rates and the retaining of effective teachers.

    Teachers would get one of four ratings: exemplary, proficient, needs development or ineffective. Those who get an ineffective or needs-development rating in two years of any five-year period would not have their teaching certification renewed unless they got additional training or counseling to address their shortcomings.

    The new system doesn’t appear to have caused a revolt among educators. Indeed, many in metro Atlanta already have been operating under a pilot version of the system for the past two or three school years.

    That’s because 26 school districts, including six in the metro area, agreed to pilot some of the programs Georgia promised to implement when it applied for the $400 million Race to the Top grant. Some districts that are not part of the Race to the Top program in Georgia are also piloting the evaluation system.

    If the state school board gives final approval Thursday, all districts in the state would go to the new system this fall.

    That would not be bad news, said Susan Thompson, a social studies teacher at Tucker High in DeKalb County, where the new system has been used on a pilot basis for three years.

    “It’s easier to have a clear idea of what they expect to see,” Thompson said.

    Teachers would be rated on their professional knowledge; instructional planning; instructional strategies; providing individualized content and skills development for students when necessary; choosing valid strategies to assess students; gathering and analyzing information to improve teaching methods and provide feedback to students and parents; having a positive learning environment; maintaining an academically challenging environment; professionalism; and communication.

    Assistant principals and principals would be rated on instructional leadership; school climate, planning and assessment; organizational management; human resources management; teacher/staff evaluation; professionalism; and communications/community relations. In each category, the administrator would be ranked on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 being roughly equivalent to ineffective and 4 being similar to exemplary.

    Like teachers with an ineffective or needs-improvement rating, administrators with an overall rating of 1 or 2 during two years of any five-year period would lose their teaching certificate if they did not get additional training or counseling.

    Observation will account for half of the overall assessment for administrators. Student growth and achievement, based on performance on end-of-course tests, the CRCT and pre- and post-class assessments, will account for the other half.

    Erin Robertson, principal at Peeples Elementary in Fayette County, cautioned that it’s not easy to measure a student’s academic growth.

    “It has limits,” she said. “Students do not take the same assessment every year they are in school, so there is limited consistency in the assessments that are used to show growth. I would prefer a pre-test and a post-test for every grade level and subject.”

    DeKalb teacher Thompson said using test results is a necessary but imperfect way of measuring the effectiveness of educators.

    Still, she said, “I still think it’s putting a lot of importance on one test. What if they didn’t get enough rest the night before? What if there is a problem in the home? I do think (test scores) should be a component. I don’t think it should be the only component.”

    The new system is markedly different from the one Georgia promised to implement when it applied for the Race to the Top grant. That system would have included a merit pay component tying changes in teacher pay to the academic performance of their students. Student surveys also were to be a formal part of the evaluation process for teachers.

    State Superintendent John Barge, who was not in that job when the state applied for the grant, was successful in getting the U.S. Department of Education to agree to allow the student surveys to be for informational purposes only. Barge also has argued that a merit-pay component should be considered only after the reliability and fairness of the new system has been assessed.

    Many educators agree with Barge’s stand. “Before you start to impact anybody’s pay, make sure the system can stand up to any concerns people would have about it,” said Sandra Nicholson, who has overseen implementation of the pilot evaluation system in Clayton County.

    Officials at the U.S. Department of Education, however, remain unhappy that Georgia is not implementing the system it promised in its grant application and have begun the process of withholding a $10 million portion of the Race to the Top grant.

    “From our perspective, a key component of their reform, to think about how you support effective and highly effective educators in front of the classroom, is not being met,” Ann Whalen, director of the federal department’s implementation support unit, said in a recent conference call with reporters. “We’re holding each state accountable to what it committed to.”

  8. ICARE says:

    This is so sad,but whats makes this worst is the non-caring tax dollar paid DCSS staff members.

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