2013

From 2012: DeKalb school district in “conflict and crisis,” put on probation by accreditation agency

Grand jury rips schools, Nancy Jester speaks up on SAC

Witness in DeKalb schools conspiracy case dies

Investigators search home of DeKalb CEO Ellis

DeKalb investigation seeks evidence of racketeering, bribery

Death of key witness could jeopardize DeKalb school corruption trial

DeKalb schools fallout continues

Live blogging: Top 10 education issues facing Georgia

DeKalb state senators question School Board members

DeKalb school official: “I am not a plagiarist”

DeKalb board members defend themselves against accusations that could unseat them

* Now, it appears that the county leaders are going to usurp the DA’s attention:
Vendors in DeKalb government probe earned millions

Search warrant for county CEO’s home named 6 companies

DeKalb school board to receive report on superintendent email dispute

Image troubles mount for DeKalb

State gives school board more time

DeKalb schools fallout continues

DeKalb school board under local, state attack

State senator aides in DeKalb superintendent investigation

Suit pursues DeKalb superintendent’s text messages

DeKalb school system OKs new school construction plan

TRUTH IS THE DAUGHTER OF TIME! A crying Shame – Dr. Cheryl Atkinson

Thurmond says DeKalb school system will be a ‘national model’

DeKalb school administrator resigns after admitting he copied other people’s work

‘Trigger’ bill would let parents, staff petition to change schools to charters

School board hires lawyers to address accreditation

DeKalb school employee drops lawsuit after being rehired

DeKalb schools ‘family and friends hiring’ comes under fire
A grand jury hearing led to a testy exchange on nepotism

Former Georgia labor commissioner discusses DeKalb school district’s leadership problems

BOE accused of secretly trying to hire new interim superintendent

DeKalb school board can’t find a majority for new chairman

DeKalb County school board again fails to elect new chairman

DeKalb group exploring cityhood (Lakeside)

DeKalb school board members caught napping during meeting?

DeKalb School Board Appoints Michael Thurmond Interim Superintendent

DeKalb school system gets a new, interim, superintendent

DeKalb Superintendent Atkinson replaced by former Georgia labor commissioner

School board hires lawyers to address accreditation

DeKalb school board: Resign to allow district a fresh start

Thurmond vows to improve DeKalb school district

Interim superintendent will try to avoid state hearing

Thurmond talks accreditation strategy with DeKalb lawmakers

Walker remains School Board chair, barely

A Talk with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal: Medicaid Expansion; DeKalb County School Crisis

Hundreds Turn Out for Lakeside Cityhood Meeting

DeKalb’s Eugene Walker to relinquish school board chairmanship

DeKalb School Board Tries to Address Accreditation Problems

New DeKalb superintendent vows to protect district’s accreditation

Why the DeKalb County school board may be toast, despite Michael Thurmond

DeKalb County school board sues to avoid suspension

DeKalb school board gets new leader

DeKalb school board to face charges by “unaccountable private agency” after judge declines to halt hearing

DeKalb Schools: ‘There Is No Plan’

Georgia education chiefs vote to oust 6 on DeKalb County school board

DeKalb School Board files injunction to stop suspensions

Move to oust DeKalb board poses legal question

DeKalb school board’s future delayed by federal judge

Judge calls time out in DeKalb school board suspension case

DeKalb school board’s future delayed by federal judge

DeKalb superintendent in negotiations to end legal battle over board

Attorney: If replacements not found soon, DeKalb schools will face problems

DeKalb school crisis sparks reform effort

DeKalb school crisis sparks reform effort

Citing ‘Urgency,’ Georgia Governor Ousts 6 Members of DeKalb County School Board

DeKalb County parents give interim superintendent earful at town hall meeting

Ex-DeKalb chief hired by program she promoted

Governor accepts applications for DeKalb school board jobs

Opponents of Deal’s DeKalb move intensify criticism

Uncertainty in DeKalb schools continues after federal court hearing

Thurmond says parents are supportive, want district to make turnaround

Thurmond says DeKalb school system will be a ‘national model’

Federal judge approves removal of DeKalb School Board members

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, DeKalb County School System Tussle

Nancy Jester resigns from DeKalb school board

400 seek DeKalb school board seat; 1 gives hers up

Deal seeks more state clout over school districts

Pressure on to fill DeKalb school board

Paring DeKalb school board list begins

The DeKalb Schools lawsuit that never ends: A few signs of progress

Judge dismisses major claims by both sides in Heery lawsuit

The daunting pitfalls in Deal’s DeKalb intervention

Interim superintendent says DeKalb school system will do what is needed to keep its accreditation

DeKalb school superintendent addresses Dunwoody concerns

Specter of race surfaces in DeKalb school board woes

Deal, NAACP in heated talks over DeKalb school board

Deal set to name 6 DeKalb school board members

SACS says Deal moving too fast to replace DeKalb BOE

5 blacks, 1 white chosen for DeKalb school board

Get Schooled Reactions to DeKalb school board ruling. SACS says still possible for DeKalb to be top system again

Here are bios of the six new DeKalb board members. Impressive credentials by any standard.

Federal judge asks Georgia high court to consider DeKalb schools case

New DeKalb board members ready to serve

Georgia Supreme Court to consider lawsuit by suspended DeKalb school board

Eugene Walker: ‘Accusations, Allegations and Innuendos’

DeKalb Schools: ‘There Is No Plan’

DeKalb schools face costly lawsuit

Suspended school board chairman to keep pushing constitutional fight

Druid Hills parents may use charter law to gain control over school cluster

After 45 days in the DeKalb school chief post, Michael Thurmond still optimistic if not specific

DeKalb school board sets new course

No rush by DeKalb board members to regain jobs

Suspended DeKalb school board member has new lawyer for constitutional fight

DeKalb schools’ new leaders ditch despised attendance calendar

Suspended DeKalb school board members in limbo but collecting pay

Crawford Lewis trial now set for Oct. 15

Jesse Cunningham seeks reinstatement to DeKalb School Board

1 of 3 DeKalb educators reported to jail, bonded out

Ousted DeKalb school board member seeks to reclaim her seat

Former DeKalb school board member makes case to state Supreme Court

DeKalb Schools still listed on Walker lawsuit despite vote

CrossRoadsNews – DeKalb School District still listed on Walker lawsuit despite board vote to remove itself

Ousted DeKalb board member begins fight to get job back

State to approve Ph.D. grants for DeKalb school administrators

Local school issues coming to a head

Dekalb teachers on notice for fight, YouTube video

DeKalb reveals school budget shortfall

DeKalb school system sued over ‘debt’ to lawyers

Found money turns DeKalb school budget from shortfall to surplus

DeKalb school board holds first of three public hearings on the budget

Department of Justice Reaches Settlement to Resolve Complaints of Religious Harassment at Charter School in DeKalb County, Georgia

Best, worst metro CCRPI school scores, 2012

Perrone resigns as DeKalb Schools CFO

DeKalb superintendent would use surplus to eliminate teacher furlough day

DeKalb schools’ finance chief leaves amid questions about the budget

DeKalb schools turn down offer to restore K9 unit

DeKalb schools avoid tax hike with found money

DeKalb schools’ finance chief leaves amid questions about the budget

DeKalb schools chief: Overlooked money could have saved jobs

Accreditation agency visits DeKalb

DeKalb schools change budget hearing plans

Legislators, community meet to discuss possible annexations

Gov. Nathan Deal cites ‘rescue’ of DeKalb schools in rare graduation address

Towers principal redefines ‘The Titan Way’

Thurmond offers up school specifics

Administrative shake up at DeKalb schools

Moody’s considers possible downgrade of DeKalb school bonds

State school boards organization joins Eugene Walker lawsuit

... In other corruption around the county:
DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis charged with 14 felonies

How long will indicted DeKalb CEO Ellis stay on job?

Authority over local schools is at issue in case

Judge dismisses major claims by both sides in Heery lawsuit

Op-Ed: “The Fight for Truth and Voting Rights Continues”

DeKalb announces new principals

DeKalb School Board: Making Progress Since Under Probation

DeKalb Schools Still on Probation

DeKalb school board okays accreditation

Thurmond Cautious About Expected Surplus

The DeKalb Schools lawsuit that never ends: A few signs of progress

Jesse Cunningham heads to re-instatement hearing on Monday

DeKalb School Board Reinstatement Hearings Continue

What’s the real job of a school board member?

Parents say DeKalb school board member should stay; SACS says go

Final hearing in DeKalb school board suspension concludes with conflicting portraits

Deal Suspends DeKalb CEO Ellis, Names Lee May as Replacement

Security detail at Burrell Ellis’ home removed

A funny thing happened on the way to the U.S. Capitol — or maybe not

Deal’s pals’ PAC collected $302K+ with no disclosure

The Decline of Black Power in the South

Judge says two DeKalb school board members failed to make case for remaining in office

Your daily jolt: John Barge to decide by September on a run against Nathan Deal

Georgia school class size increases while funding drops

Eugene Walker’s School Board suspension upheld

Judge Sustains Suspensions of All Five Former School Board Members

DeKalb school board members formally removed, as eyes turn to Supreme Court

Wed Extra: Eugene Walker continues fight over suspension

Suspended school board chairman speaks out — AdvancedED does not have to produce open records

School accreditation agency may open records

Georgia Attorney General says SACS should be more transparent

Trailers not ready for Vanderlyn 4th and 5th graders

Principal shuffle puts new leadership at 41 DeKalb schools

DeKalb reports “smooth” start to 2013-2014 school year

Trailers not ready for Vanderlyn 4th and 5th graders

Druid Hills Charter Cluster Vote Tuesday

Political scientist: Druid Hills charter cluster vote was neither fair nor legal.

Grand jury alleges widespread DeKalb corruption

Old news — but very relevant: Your morning jolt: Behind Michael Thurmond’s run for the U.S. Senate

Michael Brandon Hall ID’ed as gunman in McNair school shooting incident

Alleged gunman’s name released; McNair students reunited with parents

Michael Brandon Hill: Suspect of DeKalb school shooting

McNair Learning Center shooting 911 call

DeKalb County schools to review social media alert system in light of shooting

Watch this video clip for Michael Thurmond blithering response to the reporter’s question, “How did the district notify parents about what was going on?”

http://youtu.be/KtHrvevtm54

Georgia school suspect had nearly 500 rounds, police said

Antoinette Tuff hailed as ‘true hero’ for handling Georgia school gunman

President Obama thanks McNair bookkeeper for courage, calm

US Ed Secretary to DeKalb Schools: Nation is in awe of what you did.

Decatur hero Antoinette Tuff riding tidal wave as celebrity

Click here to listen to Thurmond’s recent interview with Cynthia at V103 regarding DeKalb schools.

Thurmond states that the DeKalb tax digest decreased by $9 Billion. And the state budget declined by millions. Those two sources of money have significantly decreased therefore forcing the system to increase class sizes to decrease teachers. He also says 70% of students qualify for Free & Reduced lunch. And larger class sizes effect them more. He says they did not ask for a waiver this year. We were carrying a $14 million deficit, which is illegal. We were looking at $20 million more in cuts. When asked where he ‘found’ millions of dollars, he stated that they found funding sources that had been untapped and they made significant cuts – especially to lawyers (cut by $6 million) by hiring cheaper lawyers. The greatest influence on a child’s education is the parent… We are going to build capacity for parental engagement, adult guardianship and mentorship through our Title 1 program.

Michael Thurmond Joins LJW On Power Talk
A Talk with DeKalb County’s New Interim School Superintendent Michael Thurmond

Read more about the surplus here>>
DeKalb Schools’ CFO Resigns After Budget Surplus Revealed

Troubled Teens Getting Help From Ministers, Police

DeKalb school board tables vote on Tapestry Public Charter School

Thurmond says helping economically challenged students has to be priority

Relevant articles on the Common Core:
Your Daily Jolt: John Barge wants to avoid ‘rushed, hasty and un-vetted’ decision that led to Common Core
John Barge: My Stance on Common Core

Federal grant for school police

U.S. Attorney’s Office Looking to Hire Law Enforcement and School Safety Officers in Georgia

City of Prosperity, City of DeKalb on table for discussion

DeKalb Interim CEO holds Town Hall at Briarwood Park

EGSC’s Fall Convocation to be held September 26 (Thurmond is the speaker)

DeKalb interim superintendent may stay longer

Taxpayers not funding superintendent search {Atlanta Schools super search being privately funded]

Superintendent search firm accused of withholding info in past [Re: Ray & Associates – the search firm DCSS used to get Atkinson]

Restore DeKalb blasts school officials for mishandling sexual harassment complaint

DeKalb School Board extends Thurmond’s contract

Former DeKalb school chief will plead guilty to one charge and testify for prosecution

DeKalb superintendent guilty of grade inflation in describing accreditation review

10/13/2013 Georgia Gang – SACS

Ex-DeKalb schools chief agrees to plead guilty to obstruction, avoids felony charges

Corruption trial begins for former DeKalb School official

DeKalb, Georgia Perimeter agree to open up more college credits

DeKalb school superintendent: ‘The buck stops with me’

Crawford Lewis pleads guilty in school construction scandal

Crawford Lewis Turns Snitch

Crawford Lewis case costs school district, in treasure and trust | www.myajc.com

Crawford Lewis testifies

Crawford Lewis takes stand in school corruption trial

Ex-DeKalb superintendent says ex-COO threatened blackmail

Ex-DeKalb schools chief: Reid thought she was too smart to be caught

DeKalb board votes down Druid Hills Charter Cluster after long, tense meeting

Druid Hills Charter Cluster supporters: Board denial shows ‘tyrannical insistence on mediocrity’

Sparks fly as DeKalb School Board rejects charter schools cluster

School board rejects Druid Hills Charter Cluster

State’s final witnesses take stand in DeKalb school corruption trial

Defendant Pope testifies in DeKalb schools racketeering trial

Photos: Defense presents case in DeKalb schools racketeering trial

http://www.ajc.com/videos/news/attorney-uses-props-in-dekalb-school-corruption/vCJP3x/

Jurors hearing closing arguments in DeKalb schools racketeering trial

McNair school shooting suspect indicted

Another juror removed from DeKalb schools racketeering trial

Reid, Pope guilty of racketeering in DeKalb schools case

Court upholds law used to suspend DeKalb school board members

State Supreme Court: Governor had legal authority to oust six DeKalb school board members

DeKalb teacher accused of hitting elementary students with sticks

Study: Dunwoody school district would have $30 million surplus

Analysis: High Court Ruling Puts All School Boards On Notice

DeKalb superintendant to ask board to settle long standing lawsuit

DeKalb’s suspended school board members lose legal battle for seats

Dunwoody Releases Feasibility Report for Independent School District

School superintendent negotiates settlement in expensive legal battle

Judge sticks with Crawford Lewis’ jail sentence

Ex-DeKalb superintendent Crawford Lewis out on bond

Former DeKalb schools COO gets 15 years
Judge rejects former superintendent Crawford Lewis’ deal for no jail time

SACS Revisits DeKalb Schools This Week

Were DeKalb taxpayers shortchanged in Heery lawsuit settlement?

DeKalb needs a new superintendent and a new approach

More Georgia education news taking place in courthouse rather than schoolhouse this week

By the Numbers: Dunwoody vs. DeKalb School System

Demographics of Dunwoody schools would differ from DeKalb’s

Crawford Lewis agrees to guilty plea

Judge sticks with Crawford Lewis’ jail sentence

DeKalb County school district now offering wireless Internet on all campuses

Georgia’s graduation rates released: How did your school do?

Jailed former DeKalb superintendent challenges sentence

Lewis to appeal sentence

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2 Responses to 2013

  1. Concerned Citizen says:

    Every single day, the school system looses more ground with the taxpayers. Every day there’s another scandal in the school system. Who can believe that the state boe sat there and didn’t take action, knowing that just yesterday, “another” employee of the supt. was as corrupt as it is possible to get, so that makes her even more corrupt than the “expert” she hired. I am ashamed of the state boe as they sat there so cowardly and wishy-washy, taking no position at all of outrage and rejection of all the ills they have heard about DeKalb Schools. The Supt. is a major part of DeKalb’s problem, along with the board and all the bureaucrats who hold down $100+++jobs.If the Supt doesn’t fire her buddy from NC, the taxpayers may really, truly get involved. Shame on you, ga doe and dekalb doe and dr. supt. with no respect for anyone other than her friends!

  2. yeda34 says:

    “I was elected by the people, but I work for God,” Walker said. He said he would respect the will of the courts, but not that of politicians and the process they created with the 2011 law.”
    A quote from Eugen Walker. (AJC Feb. 24, 2013)
    Yes Mr. Walker, you were elected by the people, However, you give God a bad name if the state of the Dekalb School district is Gods doing through you. Unless of course he sent you to destroy the future of the students and the livelihoods of the people that work within the Dekalb School District. If that is the case, then you can look forward to a “Well done my son”.

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