Category Archives: Budget Cuts

Yes, your property taxes are in fact increasing, as values increase and the Board refuses to lower the millage rate accordingly. Can you say, “Windfall”?

We have long said that our budgetary recovery is simply due to the fact that although property values have recovered, the Board has never returned the ‘temporary’ millage rate increase approved by the Board for 2012, endorsed and upheld by … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The Bridge: Has it filled a gap? No way to tell–nobody tracked it.

We here at DSW2 were wondering what ever happened to the Bridge Initiative and the Balanced Scorecard. Both of these things were brought back from the leadership’s big trip to Harvard in July of 2013 and are still linked on … Continue reading

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Sunday morning food for thought

We have long skirted the issue of true equity in DeKalb County, GA.  School system (and county) leadership ignore the fact that their decisions, which often enrich themselves personally, can cause irreparable harm to young black students and their parents. Decades after … Continue reading

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And, again, the more things change, the more they stay the same…

Several representatives of the Cross Keys cluster of schools came to the last DeKalb School Board meeting, once again pleading for attention for their facilities. They have been warning the district about over-crowding for years and now, the scale has … Continue reading

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