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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. 

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 →

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 →

American Citizen Children are Losing Their Parents

All the while, our students are still trying to be teenagers. Almost 70% of our students at Cross Keys are U.S. citizens, so even if there are some who try to explain away students’ pain by saying that they are “illegal,” they can’t say that. These are legal residents – U.S. citizens – whose parents are being taken away from them. For people who value family as the fundamental building block of society, how can we support these types of initiatives?

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."

New Doraville-Area Elementary School Back on SPLOST V Project List

After a few weeks of community discussion and petitioning, the DeKalb County Schools planning department (headed by Chief Operating Officer Josh Williams and director of planning Dan Drake) has released an updated SPLOST V project list to be approved by the Board of Education (BOE) this coming Monday.

Chamblee Charter High School Addresses Sensitive Issues Raised by Election

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.

Cross Keys: How One School Confronts Racism in the Age of Trump

I'm deeply grieved by the reports I have heard from the press, the faculty, and the students. My heart aches that our children are being exposed to so many different types of prejudice, racism, hate, and intolerance. Everywhere they look they see offensive Tweets and Facebook posts, they hear obscene remarks from random strangers in the street, and they have to listen to the dehumanizing, degrading speech of their future president.

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