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Catch 22: DeKalb County Schools, Cross Keys and Site Selection

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.

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.

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. 

DeKalb County Schools Addresses Overcrowding by Planning to Demolish Apartment Homes

I’m really trying to be collaborative. I’m trying to understand the logic that leaders in DeKalb are using. But today, I’m having an extremely difficult time reconciling that objective with the latest news that DeKalb County School District is going... Continue Reading →

Doraville Mayor & Community Do Not Want a New High School

I also sit on the school council at Cross Keys High School and the entire council (and everyone present) supported Option B. In conversations with other faculty, the overwhelming majority supported Option B. (When I say "overwhelming majority" I mean that literally no one at the high school has told me they support Option A -- a Doraville HS.)

Some Chamblee Charter HS Students Welcome Cross Keys HS Students with Racist and Obscene Comments

All this talk about new high schools and redistricting has gotten me thinking: Are we even ready to do this? Because I have a feeling that we are not. Cross Keys High School students were redistricted to Chamblee Charter High... Continue Reading →

Cross Keys HS and Sequoyah MS Issue Letters of Support for Option B

Over the past few weeks, the Cross Keys High School Council has been gathering input from various stakeholders in the Buford Highway community. Today, Principal Heard (Cross Keys HS) and Principal Anthony (Sequoyah MS) issued their schools' position papers in... Continue Reading →

Cross Keys Foundation Endorses Plan to Build New Cross Keys HS

I stand fully with the Cross Keys Foundation's position (please read below), and I hope that all of the Cross Keys cluster schools support a variant of Option B.

Secondary Schools Planning: Thinking Through the Options for Fall 2016

The options for the DeKalb County Secondary Schools Planning and Feasibility Study are out for public review and comment. The big question in the minds of many thoughtful people is “Which option is best for DeKalb?” I wish I could... Continue Reading →

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