I spend inordinate amounts of time thinking about DeKalb Schools and one of the questions I have continued to be plagued by is this: Why are the facilities in DeKalb in a state of such disrepair, especially compared to other Metro Atlanta school districts? I began to look at the traditional arguments: “Other districts have more money to invest in their schools,” “That district’s buildings are newer,” “Those districts have wealthier students,” or “Those districts spend more money per student.” I’m not entirely convinced that those answers explain why DeKalb’s buildings suffer more than other districts.
Listen to the WABE Story: https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wabe/audio/2016/12/overcrowdingweb.mp3 By Martha Dalton It’s no secret that Atlanta’s population is booming. According to U.S. Census data, the metro Atlanta region grew by more than 10 percent from April 2010 to July 2015. That kind... Continue Reading →
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.
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.)
Dr. Green and the proposed SPLOST projects seem to be within the law, and as such, I believe we should be able to vote for this E-SPLOST on May 24, 2016. Since Dr. Green has stated that he so strongly believes in the voters’ ability to decide on this SPLOST (as stated in his open response to Senator Fran Millar’s open letter), I believe the voice of the voters should also be heard when considering the school district’s participation in the Doraville TAD.
I’ve only been in DeKalb County Schools for a short time, but I have been very impressed by the leadership in DCSD. I appreciate the work that you all do for our students, and I’m looking forward to seeing our students benefit from this in the years to come.
Over the next few weeks, in an effort to promote discussion and collaboration, I want to begin to gather different perspectives for solving some of the overcrowding and management issues regarding DeKalb County Schools. Below I've shared a piece (with... Continue Reading →