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.
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.
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.
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.)
Reconciliation. That’s what we need to have right now – not only in our country, but in our local community. This week, I met with representatives from Chamblee’s Huntley Hills ES and Chamblee Charter HS, and I feel like our... Continue Reading →