Board Of Education
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.
The OSD referendum hinges on the answer to two questions:
1. Does the state have any responsibility for the performance of local school districts?
2. If the state does not abdicate all responsibility to local school districts, then what is the alternative to OSD?
Schools in DeKalb have been failing in perpetuity. As of the latest financial report, DeKalb Schools has an operating surplus of almost $400 million. For the OSD-eligible schools, we are:
· Giving stipends and signing bonuses to attract and retain talented, motivated teachers
· Appropriating $1.9 million for literacy and mathematics initiatives
· Spending $750K for the 10 Horizon schools to partner with Discovery Education
· Spending $398K to partner with IIRP(International Institute for Restorative Practices) to reduce the number of suspensions
If we can’t improve the academic achievement of our failing schools with local control and almost $400 million operating surplus, our schools need to be taken over.