March 27, 2017 – “What if I were to tell you that it’s possible to make an invisibility cloak [like Harry Potter’s]?” — Dr. Whitney Ingram
Peachtree Gateway Council on Schools
March 23, 2017 – PGCS is a new educational group representing “schools throughout Region 1 of the DCSD (Chamblee, Cross Keys, Dunwoody clusters as well as Tapestry, PATH, and Oakcliff Theme School.)” However, controversy seems to follow them.
DeKalb E-SPLOST V Project Schedule
March 20, 2017 – On Monday the DeKalb Board of Education will vote on E-SPLOST V project scheduling and associated cash flow sequencing including details of the projects, budgets, and anticipated start and finish dates.
Dr. Whitney Ingram
Physicist and Monday’s Inspirational Speaker
March 17, 2017 – Dr. Whitney Ingram received her undergraduate from the University of Georgia where she also became the first black female to receive her Ph.D. in Physics.
SR 192 – Elect School Superintendents and Appoint School Boards
HB 425 – Opt Out of Standardized Testing
HB 273 – The Recess bill
HB 338 – Plan B to the Opportunity School District (OSD)
Useless Honors –
2017 Advanced Placement Honor Schools
March 8, 2017 – Unfortunately, this “honors list” is the equivalent to a participation trophy. It’s really just a “thank you” note to the school district for spending so much money with The College Board.
Chief HCM Officer Leo Brown
SENIOR STAFF REASSIGNMENT
March 1, 2017 – Dr. Leo Brown, Chief Human Capital Management Officer, reassigned. “I want to thank the DeKalb County School District for the support I’ve received as I have faced some recent health challenges,” — Dr. Leo Brown.
Teachers Fired For Pro Trump Remarks?
Superintendent Green Responds
February 23, 2017 – Are employees of DeKalb County School District being told not to express themselves on or off campus if their views on immigration line up with those of President Donald Trump?
EPIC FAILURE – AP Classes in South DeKalb
February 21, 2017 – Using tax dollars to pay for Advanced Placement (AP) exams embodies many of the problems I have with the education and testing industrial complex as well as the implementation of political philosophies on both sides of the aisle in Georgia.
DeKalb’s School Enrollment on the
Day Without Immigrants
February 17, 2017 – Many school districts across the state are reporting high absentee rates yesterday. DeKalb Schools reports the schools that had an absentee rate over 10% yesterday.
DeKalb Commissioners Not A Fan of the
E-SPLOST High School Building Additions
February 15, 2017 – DeKalb County Commissioners are unanimously asking the DeKalb County School District to build a new high school in Doraville and not add a bunch of classrooms to Lakeside, Dunwoody, and Chamblee Charter High Schools.
Plan B – Legislation For Chronically Failing Schools
February 13, 2017 – Plan B, otherwise known now as House Bill 338 (HB 338), is being billed as a collaborative effort with the Governor’s office, legislators from both parties, and various interest groups to address these schools.
Construction Advisory Committee Advice
February 10, 2017 – Lynn King is a tireless advocate for teachers, families and the community. She offers some thoughts and advice for the upcoming SPLOST V Construction Advisory Committees.
Communications and Central Office Expansion
February 9, 2017 – DeKalb School’s mission is to ensure student success, leading to higher education, work, and lifelong learning. Should the school district provide services that don’t improve academic achievement?
DeKalb Schools Superintendent Statement on
February 7, 2017 – Betsy Devos was confirmed this afternoon as the next Secretary of Education. DeVos and DeKalb schools underline the differences in philosophy in how to fix public education. Any thoughts?
Construction Advisory Committees
February 6, 2017 – DCSD is establishing a formal process for the establishment of Construction Advisory Committees (CAC’s) for each significant capital improvement project. The purpose of the CAC is to increase stakeholder and community engagement in the design, planning, and construction phases of significant capital improvement projects.
Gifted & High Achievers Identification
February 4, 2017 – Why is the Fall MAP test used for gifted identification as well as high achievers magnet qualification? Knox Phillips tells us about the process for using the Fall MAP test for identifying gifted students and qualifying for high achievers magnet.
Testing – Assessments
Magnet – Gifted – Identification
February 3, 2017 – Across the United States, the public’s demand for raising the educational achievement of all students has led to a significant increase in high-stakes assessments.
DeKalb 2016 Star Ratings and CCRPI Scores
February 1, 2017 – Schools with positive school climates tend to have better test scores and graduation rates; in contrast, schools with negative school climates as a result of unsafe or hostile environments tend to have lower academic performance.
750 More Seats at Lakeside HS? Why?
January 30, 2017 – Lakeside High School is currently cramming 2,184 students into a building with a capacity of 1,756 students. Only one other school in North DeKalb scored a below average 2016 School Climate Star Rating. How will adding 750 seats to Lakeside High School improve their School Climate Star Rating and academic achievement?
DeKalb Schools – News & Updates
January 23, 2017 – DeKalb Schools is suing Atlanta, Dentons law firm down at the capitol, chronically failing schools, more money and more services, and other news and updates around DeKalb Schools.
Is 600 More Seats At Chamblee Charter HS A Good Idea?
January 17, 2017 – Please help me understand why adding 600 seats to Chamblee Charter High School is good for anybody in that community? I suspect that any support is driven by redistricting.
Pros and Cons of adding 600 seats to Dunwoody HS
January 7, 2017 – Moving forward, I’m trying to understand the support for the building addition at Dunwoody High School. The speculation that some Dunwoody residents would be redistricted out of DHS seems to be the only reason for any continued support of the building additions.
The Relationship Between Money and Academic Achievement
January 4, 2017 – Is there a link between Academic Achievement and Funding? Almost any government program, no matter what its cost in money or personal liberties, can be sold by claiming it is for the children.
Education Turns Into Social Services And Health Care
January 2, 2017 – With the failure of the Opportunity School District referendum, some state lawmakers expect the issue of how to improve failing schools to move toward providing more services, social and healthcare in particular, as an operational component of school districts.
The Seven Rules of Bureaucracy
January 1, 2017 – In recent years people have become aware of the menace of bureaucracy, and they consider bureaucracy not an instrument of democratic government but, on the contrary, the worst enemy of freedom and democracy.
Tax Credits For Private Schools
December 29, 2016 – The Future of Tax Credits For Private Schools in Georgia will be heard by the Georgia Supreme Court in January.
DeKalb 2016 CCRPI Trends
December 14, 2016 – Last week 2015-16 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores were released. DeKalb’s elementary scores on average dropped precipitously and reflect a decline seen across the state.
DeKalb – The Worst Paid Teachers Around
December 13, 2016 – Metropolitan Regional Educational Service Agency (Metro RESA) has conducted a Teacher Salary analysis for the 2016-2017 school year. DeKalb Schools has the worst paid teachers in the Atlanta Metro area.
Board Thoughts on E-SPLOST V Project List
December 9, 2016 – Here are the statements made by some of the board members before voting 6 – 1 to approve the E-SPLOST V project list as is.
What’s Next? 2017 E-SPLOST PROJECT LIST
December 7, 2016 – School district administration will develop a cost loaded schedule over the next several months and bond financing to accelerate key projects within the program.
Public Comment – ESPLOST V Project List
December 6, 2016 – Yesterday the DeKalb Board of Education voted to approve (6 – 1) the 2017-2022 E-SPLOST Project List. Before doing so, the board listened to numerous heart felt comments from both sides. Here are the notes from the public speakers that I have collected so far.
Defer The Vote – General Public Consensus
December 5, 2016 – “We are now sure that we made the wrong choice when we followed recommendations to vote for option B on the plan choices” –Tom
Online Survey Vote Was Fiction
December 3, 2016 – DeKalb Schools administration claims the online survey was never intended to count votes. However at the board meeting, Dan Drake said that when the votes came in, input was for the building additions.
Multiple Schools Now Requesting Defer on E-SPLOST Vote
December 2, 2016 – Dunwood, Chamblee, and Lakeside cluster school councils have now sent letters requesting a deferral on the E-SPLOST V project list.
Why Vote Yes or No – ESPLOST Project List
December 1, 2016 – Allyson Gevertz gives us her reasons the board should “Vote Yes” on the ESPLOST project list. Andrew Flake opposes the ESPLOST project list and tells us why to “Vote NO”.
Dunwoody – Not a Fan of the E-SPLOST Project List
November 30, 2016 – The Dunwoody Crier is reporting this week that many are not happy with the E-SPLOST Project List scheduled to be voted on at Monday’s board meeting.
Dunwoody High School
Overburdened Common Spaces
November 29, 2016 – If common spaces are not addressed Dunwoody, Lakeside and Chamblee communities will end up with more seats but little in the way of common space improvements for the students they already have, let alone the additional seats.
Hispanic and English Learner Graduation Rates
November 28, 2016 – Where should Hispanic and English Language Learners go to high school for the best chance to graduate?
Doraville – Where SPLOST Projects Go To Die
November 26, 2016 – I’m beginning to wonder if Doraville, the only city without a High School, is actually where SPLOST projects go to die. Everything that gets promised, everything that seems rational and logical where Doraville is concerned, just seems to disappear.
Doraville Keeps Losing E-SPLOST V Projects
November 25, 2016 – “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them” — Frederick Douglass
Secondary Schools Study Position
November 23, 2016 – “We believe that children should attend schools within their own municipalities and priority should be placed on creating a new cluster in the City of Doraville.” — Austin Elementary School Council
FAQ – Facility Planning & Feasibility Study
November 21, 2016 – How will students be moved once these additions are complete? How have city development plans been taken into account? Is the District coordinating with the County and the cities?
Who’s Getting Redistricted
Out of Lakeside HS
November 16, 2016 – The school district intends to redistrict 250 students currently attending Lakeside HS to the new Brookhaven High School cluster. Oak Grove, Hawthorne and Sagamore make the list.
Doraville Mayor on WABE:
I would love a high school for Doraville
November 16, 2016 – “I would love to see a high school in our city. It brings a sense of community and our children on that side of Buford Highway go a very long way. It is very hard for them to participate in activities, after school activities because they have no transportation. So, I think it would be fabulous to see a high school in our city.” — Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman
E-SPLOST V Project List
November 13, 2016 – Presentation, video and summary of the board questions and answers of the latest Proposed 2017-2022 E-SPLOST Project List. Leave your questions and comments on this blog and I’ll collate them and get responses from the administration.
2016 DeKalb Graduation Rates By High School
November 9, 2016 – 2016 4 year cohort graduation rates are out. Where does your school rank? This is the second year that students shall no longer be required to earn a passing score on the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) to earn a high school diploma.
Chesnut ES and Kingsley ES
Not a Fan of Their School Board Rep
November 4, 2016 – Representatives from Chesnut ES and Kingsley ES don’t seem to be happy with the thoughts and ideas of their Board of Education representative … me.
Chamblee Charter High School – 600 Seat Addition
November 2, 2016 – The recommendation to construct a600-seat, three-story addition to Chamblee Charter High School. The project will also include…
Dunwoody High School – 600 Seat Addition
November 2, 2016 – The recommendation to construct a 600-seat, 29-classroom, two-story addition to Dunwoody High School. The project will also include…
Lakeside High School – 750 Seat Addition
November 2, 2016 – The recommendation to construct a 750-seat, 38-classroom, two-story addition to Lakeside High School. The project will also include…
October 24, 2016 – The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) has an aging fleet of roughly 1,000 school buses. With E-SPLOST V monies, DCSD plans on spending about $30 million replacing the oldest school buses.
Lead Contanimation in Water
75% of DeKalb Schools
October 14, 2016 – Lead found in the water at two more schools. Nearly 75% of DeKalb Schools tested so far have water sources with registered lead content at or above the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action level.
Public Hearing – ESPLOST V Project List
October 12, 2016 – This Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 at 7pm at Chamblee High School the public is invited to a meeting to discuss and gather feedback related to the development of the 2017-2022 E-SPLOST V project list.
All Graduation Ceremonies At Georgia World Congress Center
October 11, 2016 – All DeKalb County high school graduations will be held during the week of May 22-27, 2017. Here is the school schedule.
SPLOST V – Project List
Sorry Dunwoody, Chamblee and Lakeside
October 10, 2016 – Sorry School Councils, the list of renovations your schools will see just got shorter. Over the next 7 years, expect that list to get even shorter.
Sagamore Redistricted Again?
October 8, 2016 – It is estimated that 250 students, presumably Sagamore Hills Elementary, would be redistricted out of Lakeside HS and into the new Brookhaven cluster alleviating some of the overcrowding at LHS and balancing out the diversity and socio-economics of the population attending the new Cross Keys cluster.
Austin Rebuild – Approved by BOE
October 5, 2016 – On Monday, the DeKalb Schools Board unanimously approved an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) for the purchase, sale and exchange of land with the City of Dunwoody. After everything is said and done, DeKalb Schools will pay the City of Dunwoody $3.6 million.
DeKalb Schools 2017-2018 Calendar
Aug 7, 2017 – First Day of School
Oct 5 – 9, 2017 – Fall Break
Dec 21, 2017 – Jan 2, 2018 – Winter Break
Feb 16 – 19, 2018 – Feb Break
DeKalb Board – OSD – Minority Report
October 3, 2016 – Last month the DeKalb Board of Education passed a resolution to oppose the governor’s Opportunity School District (OSD). The resolution was not unanimous, this is my minority report.
Austin ES Rebuild
Dunwoody Senior Baseball Fields
October 1, 2016 – As reported by Dunwoody Senior Baseball, the plan is to rebuild Austin Elementary at the site of the senior baseball fields and move Senior Baseball to some of the fields at Peachtree Charter Middle School.
DeKalb – SPLOST V
Facility Condition Improvements
September 30, 2016 – What facilities will be renovated with SPLOST V funds collected over the next 5 years? FCA Assessments, FEAA Assessments, and presumably the new clusters.
Secondary Schools Study
September 28, 2016 – To address over crowding in North DeKalb, the administration recommends adding a lot of seats to Lakeside HS, Dunwoody HS and Chamblee HS and building a new Brookhaven HS. Doraville will not get their own cluster this time.
Cross Keys HS & Sequoyah MS
Secondary Schools Study Position
September 23, 2016 – Here’s a News Flash – Doraville doesn’t want their own cluster. Doraville and the Cross Keys Cluster community want to go to Dunwoody MS/HS, Chamblee MS/HS and what is shaping up to be Brookhaven HS (either rebrand CKHS or build a new one).
Lakeside High School
Secondary Schools Study Position
September 22, 2016 – Lakeside HS is asking for an additional 750 seats at their school or in a secondary building off campus. Lakeside HS is committed to being creative in coming up with ideas to figure how to make this feasible.
Secondary Schools Study Position
September 21, 2016 – Over the past several weeks, leaders of the MES Advisory Council, PTA, and Foundation met to discuss and provide this unified response to the DeKalb County School District’s Secondary School Facility Planning & Feasibility Study.
Cross Keys Foundation
Secondary Schools Study Position
September 21, 2016 – Kim Gokce is the President of the Cross Keys Foundation. He put together this position letter of the Cross Keys Foundation
Secondary Facility Feasibility Study
September 18, 2016 – Results are in, the majority of entries selected the Split Feeder Option (Option B). There are also a few noteworthy points.
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