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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."

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 →

Why Does DeKalb County Schools STILL Have More Than 210 Teacher Vacancies?

This past month’s DeKalb Board of Education work session was quite enlightening with regard to our department of Human Capital. Our district, a week before school, reported 291 unfilled teacher positions – and that’s not including teaching positions to be funded through Title I federal funds. Last year at this time, we had 149 teacher vacancies.

COO Joshua Williams Says Statement about Moving the Magnet Program is “completely inaccurate and inappropriate”

Apparently an earlier statement from a consultant with Educational Planners has been disqualified as "completely inaccurate and inappropriate."

The Chamblee Magnet Is NOT Moving?

I have created a survey for our community to take (a Spanish version will be released shortly), and I encourage you to disseminate this information to your different networks.

DeKalb Must Consider Race When Redistricting

When Black families moved to DeKalb, this triggered another wave of white flight, as white families moved even further away from the city of Atlanta. As one former teacher at my old, predominantly white private school told me: “The Blacks ruined our schools in DeKalb. We used to have some really good schools, but I hate to say it: the Blacks really ruined them.”

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