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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 →

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.

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.

Audit Finds DeKalb Schools to be “Inadequate” in Many Curriculum Areas

A Curriculum Audit™ of the DeKalb County School District (Summary of Key Findings) Full document available here: CIA2 - Curriculum Audit - FINAL_R (532 pages) STANDARD 1: The School District Demonstrates Its Control of Resources, Programs, and Personnel. Finding 1.1: Board... Continue Reading →

Low-Income Schools Lack Substitute Teachers

We all know what happens when a substitute teacher takes over a class for a day -- at best, students work quietly on an assignment; at worst, students enjoy a "free period" to converse with their classmates. In low-income schools and school districts, the impact on the students is felt even more because of the additional loss of instructional time that ripples throughout classrooms as teachers scramble to cover for one another.

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