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Update: Multiple Schools Now Requesting Defer on E-SPLOST Vote | DeKalb Schools Fact Checker

I wanted to share this new information in an an effort to be sure I'm sharing all sides of the argument for and against the DeKalb County School Board approving the SPLOST V project list on Monday, December 5. By... Continue Reading →

Gwinnett, Teach Us Your Ways.

On Wednesday, the LCI team released their preliminary findings of their area, and I was a bit surprised by some of their analyses and recommendations. Most notably: the Buford Highway corridor population has remained relatively stagnant over the past few years, and they project that it will stay that way for at least the next several years. Interestingly, their recommendations are similar to those of the expert planners in DCSD. While they do suggest that the corridor plan for the "continued densification" (more people) of BuHi, they also suggest that development be planned "for the long term in phases."

New Doraville-Area Elementary School Back on SPLOST V Project List

After a few weeks of community discussion and petitioning, the DeKalb County Schools planning department (headed by Chief Operating Officer Josh Williams and director of planning Dan Drake) has released an updated SPLOST V project list to be approved by the Board of Education (BOE) this coming Monday.

Buford Hwy Apartment Association Offers Opportunity for Collaboration on Education and More

The fledgling La Comunidad de Buford Highway (Buford Highway Apartment Association), made up of residents as well as representatives from the Latin American Association and Center for Pan Asian Community Services, have been meeting for several months at the home of Cross Keys High School English teacher Rebekah Cohen Morris.

What Would Happen to Georgia’s Top Universities if They Allowed Undocumented Students?

Yes, people broke the U.S. immigration laws. They brought their babies and their children with them. As a country, can we not look past this when it comes to educating the children? Do we believe generations of people should pay the price for one generations' actions? Do we, as a country, not believe in forgiveness and restoration?

From the AJC: Two Georgia schools to consider immigrants without legal status

Two of Georgia’s most competitive schools — Georgia State and Augusta universities — will consider admitting immigrants living in the U.S. without legal status, starting in the spring of next year, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. That will leave three... Continue Reading →

Want to impact student lives? Live where you teach.

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Every day that I’m out buying groceries or getting gas or grabbing a bite to eat, I run into one of my students or someone who knows me from the school I teach at, Cross Keys High School. I live in the same neighborhood where the feeder middle school, Sequoyah, and one of the feeder elementary schools, Cary Reynolds, is located, and I’m only ten minutes away from my work. The location couldn’t be more perfect.

People always ask me, “How do you have time to do all the things you do?” and I always respond, “It’s about synergies.” Many teachers live in one community, teach in another community, and often recreate in yet a different community. In order to be actively involved in all three – and to have an interior life – one would have to resolve to never sleep. However, when all three occur in the same space…

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Chamblee Charter High School Addresses Sensitive Issues Raised by Election

I applaud Dr. Sauce and his team for approaching the behavior and speech ignited by this past election season with discernment and care; and I hope that other schools in our district, state, and country will create even more spaces for students and faculty to wrestle through these difficult issues as our country tries to find a way to bring itself together.

Cross Keys: How One School Confronts Racism in the Age of Trump

I'm deeply grieved by the reports I have heard from the press, the faculty, and the students. My heart aches that our children are being exposed to so many different types of prejudice, racism, hate, and intolerance. Everywhere they look they see offensive Tweets and Facebook posts, they hear obscene remarks from random strangers in the street, and they have to listen to the dehumanizing, degrading speech of their future president.

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