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Ashford Park School Education Foundation to celebrate OKTOBERFEST at HAVEN

Help support Ashford Park Elementary School with an evening of food, drinks & live music at HAVEN Restaurant.

Please come join us on the patio at HAVEN Restaurant Friday night at 6PM to celebrate OKTOBERFEST.  Chef Stephen Herman will be serving his best seasonal appetizers which will be paired with a selection of beer, wine and a specialty cocktail.  Enjoy live music by Tom Gross while mixing and mingling with parents, friends and supporters of Ashford Park Elementary School.  Tickets are $75 per couple or $50 for an individual and can be purchased at the door.  Proceeds will go to Ashford Park School Education Foundation, a non-profit organization with the mission to raise funds and resources to provide student enrichment programs at Brookhaven's hidden gem, Ashford Park Elementary.  In addition, APSEF is leading the "Outside at Ashford Park" campaign with the goal of raising funds to plan and build a new playground and ball fields at the school.  We cannot reach these goals and provide our students, faculty and administration with the resources they need to chase excellence without the help of the Brookhaven community.  Come show your support and enjoy a beautiful autumn evening with us at HAVEN.

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Shawn Keefe October 22, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Eddie, While you may feel the amendment is "faulty", many of us parents think that 1) DCSD has put our students, teachers and communities at risk due to their continued lack of fiscal responsibility; 2) DCSD will never approve new Charters in North Dekalb because of their fear of losing control of the dominant tax base; and 3) that for-profit Charters are a much better option than bankrupt school districts. This is not a Republican v Democrat issue as you appear to want to make every topic, it is about our CHILDREN and having a say in how they are educated. If that is faulty parenting in your eyes, so be it.
HamBurger October 22, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Mr. Shawn, an old man moving away from DeKalb once told me if you love those girls of yours you will make the sacrifice and put them in private schools. Public education is not for those that want their children to succeed. We all know some very successful kids that have gone through public schools in recent years. However, there is a lot to be said for discipline and quality. Something lacking in many of today’s public schools. Please pass the yellow mustard!
Eddie E. October 22, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Shawn, Does your point '2' derive from a statement from DCSB or is it just more paranoid hyperbole? Where have 'for profit charters' provided any measurable improvement in educational outcome or ANY reduction in cost? Who said anything about Democrats or the Dekalb minority party and why do you think I view it in such a fashion? One need not look very far to find that this absurd 'amendment' is opposed by a broad swath of the population from all parties and both ends of the left-right divide. I can only measure by the stellar results my daughter received from Ashford Park, Chamblee Middle and Chamblee High School. Of course, I am not prone to turn over rocks in search of imaginary demons.
Shawn Keefe October 22, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Eddie, Was DCSD $20M+ in the red when your daughter was @ APS, Chamblee Middle or High? They are when my 2 kids are currently @APS with 2 more little ones to come. Also, Drew Charter is an amazing success story so it can it does work. We are very fortunate to have APS and the Chamblee schools for our kids to attend. A lot of others in our county do not have such fortune. There is much to be paranoid about.
Eddie E. October 22, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Shawn, My daughter graduated Chamblee in 2007, so there was already a substantial financial crisis in the making (due partly to the housing fiasco and the enormous costs associated with ESOL and related transportation). I have nothing at all against REAL Charter Schools (as established under existing school boards and financed through the existing and ONLY financing mechanism available. I served on the Chamblee Charter High School Governance Council for about 5 years, so I am well versed in what is required for a REAL charter school and the degree of parent involvement required. So where does the money for the 'magic charter school in a box' come from? Each dollar can only be spent once. The current flawed amendment allows the funding allocation to follow a student into a charter school, but also allows the school to keep the funds if for any reason the student leaves. I have a very good friend who refers to this type of bill as a 'stealing' amendment, as it steals from the school system and gives money to the 'gimmick of the week' school idea. By the way, I am fully supportive of raising property taxes to the level necessary to fully fund smaller classrooms (as were being prepared in 2003 when the last governor deemed the plan to be too expensive). Smaller class sizes are the ONLY demonstrated, proven, replicable way to improve educational outcomes in all socioeconomic groups. Let dan weber's worst idea die quietly and finally.

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