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 →
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.
Before the Tuesday, May 10, and Thursday, May 12, secondary schools meetings next week, I want our community to consider one last option for our high schools. I consider this option to be somewhat of a middle ground option, and I hope that after thinking through these different ideas, we will be able to think a bit more clearly about the potential future of DeKalb Schools in Region 1.
I have also been told that "people in Ashford Park don't spend $700,000 on a house for their kids to go to Cross Keys." I think that we need to truly examine ourselves and our district if we are going to continue to let these types of reasons be the reasons why we decide not to redistrict or rebuild in certain areas. I believe if people want to spend a lot of money for their children's education, then they are welcome to attend private school.
I’m trying to get out of the way to make sure that this is not about what I want to see, but that it is about what they would like to see. I’m trying to make sure that democracy is something that everyone has available to them, and of course, I’m trying to show them just why reading, writing, thinking, and speaking is important.
I mostly understood the request for redistricting to be a request for schools close-by (i.e. Chamblee MS, Chamblee HS, Ashford Park ES) to receive students, since they are within the same cities and communities of our Cross Keys cluster students. I think this is why many parents are voicing frustrations and concerns about how the district decided to redistribute the students.
According to the charts above, all of the elementary schools in the cluster have been over-capacity since 2012 (2010 if we count the chart that is no longer available on the school district's website).
If we want to figure out why Cross Keys is a “priority” school, I believe some of the reasons can be explained in this post. When students don’t feel valued, when students can’t simply come to school and study uninterrupted by chaos, they are more inclined to skip or drop out.
There are many specific reasons why I think the redistricting plan that I have proposed will be the best option for the greatest number of people (and shouldn't be too upsetting politically). Here’s why.