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The Story: Why I Left Teaching in DeKalb

Obviously, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I really tried to work with the school administration to help address truly important issues that seemed essential to retaining teachers and helping holistically increase student achievement. However, that style of proactive problem-solving was great for getting some things done. It was not, on the other hand, effective at building strong relationships between me and my administration.

Looking Ahead: Recommendations for Improving the School Site Selection Process

The Shallowford Gardens property looks like it’s going to become an elementary school. There isn’t much that we can do about that at this point. In the future, however, I would love to see a revised site selection process that includes community input and a thorough site analysis and final report. This would go a long way toward improving and sustaining a healthy relationship between the school district and its families.

Does DeKalb Schools Have to Displace Apartment Residents to Build New School?

Before deciding to knock down your students’ homes after promising those same students and their families new facilities to address long-term neglect of the Cross Keys Cluster, I think DCSD should have involved the public in the process, exhaustively explored other options and been able to provide clear, written and thorough explanations as to why alternative properties were not feasible. 

“I’ve Given Up Writing Referrals” — An Examination of Positive Behavior Interventions & Support

As more and more data emerge showing the inefficacy of using in-school and out-of-school suspension to address problematic behavior, the use of “positive behavior interventions & support” (PBIS) has become more common. In fact, the Georgia Department of Education has... Continue Reading →

Not All Elementary Schools Offer After-School Childcare…But They Should

Since I’ve only ever taught high school, my knowledge of pre-K, elementary, and middle school programs has been quite limited. Well, that’s all about to change, I guess. Recently I was registering my daughter for the lottery-funded pre-K program that... Continue Reading →

PTA Legislative Update

Last Week In Session: Senate Passed: HB 224, allows for students living in military housing to choose any public school in the district with capacity, passed the Senate. It now goes to the Governor. HB 338, The First Priority Act,... Continue Reading →

GA Education Legislation Update: Incentive Pay for Teachers, Students Applying Sunscreen, & School Turnaround Plans

At this point, I'm not offering my opinion on these pieces of proposed legislation except to say this: I think kids should be able to apply their own sunscreen (see HB200). The other ones probably require a little more homework.... Continue Reading →

Georgia Legislators Propose New Education Improvement Plan to Assist Low-Performing Schools

My initial impression is that this "plan B" school improvement plan (as opposed to Governor Deal's Opportunity School District) is better, but I would like to know what indicators the Chief Turnaround Office will be using to determine which schools are "low-performing."

Choose your school . . .as long as you can get yourself there

I think that the evidence is compelling that if a school choice program does not address transportation, then it is likely to provide greater benefits to those who already enjoy so many while practically excluding many people who may already be a step behind.

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