DEKALB COUNTY WE MUST UNITE! (For the Sake of Our Children's Education)

DeKalb Schools has been placed on Probation through December 2013- How does loss of accrediation affect our students, our educators, and our communities?

We learned the inevitable on yesterday- DeKalb County Schools has been put on Probation....

The Investigative evaluation conducted on October 17-19 by an AdvancED Special Review Team found the DeKalb County School District in violation of the AdvancED Standards for Accredidation. The probation is effective immediately and runs through December 2013. For full details and outlines of our offenses and  see: http://dekalbschoolwatch.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/spec-review-report-for-dekalb-county-final-copy.pdf

SHOCKED ANYONE?  You should not be.  This is a train wreck that at minimum has been 10 years in the making.

As a parent of a Junior at Stephenson High School this news could not have come at a worse time. As Parents, my husband and I have focused on SAT's. ACT's, AP classes, GPA, extra curricular, and Band- It is our job to guide Brandon, and to make sure all key items are in place as he approaches his Home stretch into Senior year....

As a community advocate, and as Director of the Stephenson Community Council, it has been our focus to partner and with our local schools in our cluster.  We have placed our focus is on supporting our schools-  help increase parental involvement,  offer extra curricular activities to family units, and to support the students, educators and community.  This is everyone's worse nightmare and a scenario that NONE of us want to encounter.

Any of us parents who sit with students poised to graduate with the class of 2014- are all in the same boat- wondering if after 12 years of hard work and effort- our children will graduate from an ACCREDIDATED SCHOOL SYSTEM.  and even worse WHAT IF THEY DON'T?

This my friends affects EVERY SINGLE DEKALB COUNTY RESIDENT who has an Eleventh grader in the DCCD School System- It matters not if our child(ren) attends a Northside/Southside/Charter/Magnet School.  Ultimately we all face the same music, and the same challenge...Our Nail Biter....and the BIG QUESTION on EACH OF OUR MINDS....WHAT NOW????

This is No Longer about, who you knew, who you know, how long you've been a School Board member- If you come from the Good Old Boy network, or if you come from the friends and family with benefits package- This is about what's right, and what has been the lost focal point for years- The EDUCATION OF OUR CHILDREN, THE PRESERVATION OF GOOD QUALITY TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS, AND THE NEED  TO BAN TOGETHER TO PRESERVE OUR COMMUNITIES.

DeKalb we have no choice now but to come to one accord- As a collective unit, what can we do to make our voices heard, and to DEMAND an EFFECTIVE solution for all. I ask you readers, HOW do we, the people of DeKalb county demand what's in the best interest of the main stakeholders here, OUR CHILDREN, OUR TEACHERS, OUR COMMUNITIES?  We, the residents of DeKalb County have the powers and the means to MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD.

This is the time for US TO SHOW A UNITED FRONT-DEMAND leadership and a Board of Education that is sensitive to the needs of this COUNTY and will take the proper action to set us on a new and proactive track.

DeKalb county Citizens- we can no longer hide behind a blog, or mumble amongst ourselves-  Parents, clergy, community leaders, and citizens, WE MUST RISE UP AND FIGHT FOR OUR CHILDREN!  I beg of you, let’s unite and DEMAND a Team whose vision is to support ONE Focus, ONE Voice, and ONE DeKalb!

Denise E. McGill- Founder & Director

Stephenson Community Council, Inc.


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Cheryl Miller December 22, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Finally, someone willing to take some kind of action! From the AJC: "State Sen. Emanuel Jones, D-Decatur, said he’ll propose legislation to establish an independent school ethics panel with the power to remove wayward board members. He’s not confident the school board will take the steps demanded by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to restore accreditation, and said that failure would bring misery across DeKalb."
Betsy Parks December 22, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Please take 30 seconds and sign the petition! Enough is Enough. http://www.change.org/petitions/governor-nathan-deal-and-georgia-state-board-of-education-review-sacs-findings-if-accurate-replace-the-dekalb-county-school-board
Stephenson Community Council, Inc. December 23, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Cheryl, We know that corruption has been a long term factor and one of the reasons we are in the state we are in. It would be remiss of me to not mention that this is not new. The way folks are acting, it's almost as if this all began with the current Board of Ed- This is something that has been going back to days prior to Hallford. It simply did not manifest itself overnight.
Stephenson Community Council, Inc. December 23, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Cheryl, I think it would be awesome if everyone agreed to do this- but I am unsure if everyone would work collectively at this effort. I would gladly boycott- am working on my newsletter and will get it out by COB tomorrow. Must also remember with the Holidays folks will be preoccupied- but we can stay focused and renew this effort after January 1st
Stephenson Community Council, Inc. December 23, 2012 at 04:00 AM
We need to Contact Sen Jones and see what we can do as far as collaborating in these efforts.


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