The choice should not have had to be returning to an unsafe school or learning online from home. What happened at Paulding County High School or Etowah High School was unacceptable and -- justifiably -- is one of the many... Continue Reading →
The bottom line is that from a personal perspective -- as a parent of a current Oakcliff student, member of the Oakcliff PTA, and friend to many other Oakcliff parents and students -- I don’t want to see any changes to Oakcliff. Dr. Paschall and her staff and teachers do an excellent job, and the school district should do everything they can to retain, empower, and promote them. But if Oakcliff enrollment is projected to decline significantly, evaluating the options becomes much harder given the big-picture goal of reducing overcrowding for as many students as possible.
DeKalb Schools has announced the redistricting public meetings for the following elementary schools: Austin, Doraville United (fka Cross Keys North), and Pleasantdale. With the Austin redistricting likely to receive a lot of attention from Dunwoody residents, I plan to focus... Continue Reading →
Over the past couple of years, I’ve been blogging less on the Georgian Educator because I’ve started to focus on a more holistic view of what’s needed to maintain and build up a thriving, diverse, and resilient community in Doraville... Continue Reading →
Housing displacement – particularly within the broader context of housing quality and affordability – is one of those issues that permeates almost every discussion about cities and metropolitan areas nationwide. And it should. Housing – including the type of housing... Continue Reading →
Charter schools cannot be viewed as the ultimate solution to problems with the local schools. Now, before you think that this is just another charter-school bashing article, I want to say that I serve on the board of PATH Academy (a DeKalb charter school with a lottery and a separate governing board) and I send my daughter to a DeKalb theme school (a public school with a lottery yet without a separate governing board).
I spend inordinate amounts of time thinking about DeKalb Schools and one of the questions I have continued to be plagued by is this: Why are the facilities in DeKalb in a state of such disrepair, especially compared to other Metro Atlanta school districts? I began to look at the traditional arguments: “Other districts have more money to invest in their schools,” “That district’s buildings are newer,” “Those districts have wealthier students,” or “Those districts spend more money per student.” I’m not entirely convinced that those answers explain why DeKalb’s buildings suffer more than other districts.
The new communities that will be forged and the new friendships and support systems that will arise are worth these growing pains towards a more just and equitable education system for DeKalb County Schools. It will have its challenges.
Please, DeKalb Schools, don’t tear down more affordable apartments in our community. A couple weeks ago, our Cross Keys community was excited to find out that we are moving closer to getting a long overdue new school building. However, my... Continue Reading →