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Atlanta School Board member Courtney English faces another...

Atlanta School Board member Courtney English faces another... | The Education beat | Scoop.it

The Ethics Commission of the Atlanta Board of Education is expected to decide Friday whether to investigate a complaint filed against at large Seat 7 board member Courtney English for an alleged ethics violation involving his “apparent” employment with a company that is pursuing business with Atlanta Public Schools. English was also cited in 2010 for an ethics violation pertaining to misuse of an APS credit card.


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$39 million in expansion projects for three high schools. by Jennifer Parker

The DeKalb School System announced $39 million worth of expansions at Southwest DeKalb, Miller Grove and Martin Luther King Jr. high schools this week and broke ground at two of the schools.

At Southwest DeKalb High in Decatur, officials broke ground on Nov. 27 on an 83,816-square-foot Fine Arts building that will face Wesley Chapel Road.

The new wing, which will cost $16 million, will house a 640-seat auditorium and a two-story block with 31 instructional classrooms, including a band room to accommodate 300 students, and an amphitheater.

In Lithonia, Miller Grove High School’s ground breaking followed on Nov. 28, and the Martin Luther King Jr. High ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 12.

Miller Grove is getting a two-story classroom building costing $6 million. The building will include a new drama room and renovation of a tech-science-food lab.

At ML King Jr. High, the $17 million in additions will build 31 new classrooms, a ninth-grade academy that includes drama and chorus rooms, and an IT lab-science room. The expansions there also will create a new front for the school.

 

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Dr. Atkinson, School Board, What have you done for your teachers lately? by Arnold Butler, Sr.

Grant will pay for 8 doctorates in DeKalb

 

The DeKalb County School system is planning to send a handful of administrators back to college at taxpayer expense.

 

The school district wants to use about $345,000 of its taxpayer-funded federal Race to the Top grant to put eight administrators, including four high school principals and two assistant principals, through a three-year doctorate program at the DeKalb campus of Mercer University.

 

This is about the most ludicrous proposal that I have read about in a while. Once again, the board and the powers that be are looking out for themselves. Why should the taxpayers pay for administrators that are already making a six figure salary? What about the classroom teachers! With all the cuts and furloughs being absorbed by the teachers, it is only fair that they be given some type of consideration with any type of money that is being allocated.

 

However, Cheryl Atkinson, school superintendent, defends using tax money to pay for the eight administrators to obtain doctorate degrees that teachers and others usually pay for themselves.

“We need to begin to build a bench so there are people ready to take on and sustain the reforms that are put in place,” she said.

 

Dr. Atkinson if you truly want to change the perception of the board and your administration you will consider the teachers first. If not, I now know that you can talk the talk, but can’t walk the walk.

Those chosen for DeKalb’s program had to commit to stay with the district two or three years after completing their doctorates, said Jeff Dickerson, school system spokesman. Each has been with the district at least 10 years, he said.

 

Now that makes a lot of sense! We train them…they thank us by giving us two or three years of cursory service…then move on to bigger and better challenges somewhere else. I fail to see how this will help the Dekalb County School System. I see this as gross abuse of taxpayer’s money.

In the meantime, the eight have already begun the program and are paying the initial costs themselves, Dickerson said.

 

In my opinion, the chosen few should continue to pay their own way. If the classroom teachers are able to pay their own way, why not the administrator? Who’s leading whom?

If this type of buffoonery continues with the Dekalb County School System, schools will pull together and form their own system within a system. At this juncture, anything is better than the status quo.

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GPC cancels Fall Graduation

Georgia Perimeter College cancelled their Fall 2012 graduation on December 14th. "Grappling with a $25 million shortfall that began to light this spring, Georgia Perimeter College has cancelled... The cancellation affects an anticipated 1,000 to 1,100 candidates for graduation from the two-year community college" (CrossRoadNews).

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ATLANTA: Ga. charter amendment would tilt power to state | State News | Macon.com

ATLANTA: Ga. charter amendment would tilt power to state | State News | Macon.com | The Education beat | Scoop.it

The debate over a proposed constitutional amendment that would expand state influence over charter schools has been fierce, complete with lawsuits. But the details can get lost in the back-and-forth. This article discusess whether or not the state should have more power over charter schools. Afterall, charter schools use public money but are privately controlled. Governor Deal feels the proposal offers Georgia children more educational options.

 

 


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Lithonia High band snares honors.

Lithonia High School’s Marching Bulldog Band earned second place in the recent National High Stepping Marching Band competition in Charlotte, N.C.

Over the Nov. 10-11 competition, the band took several trophies in the divisional competition, including a third-place finish by the flag corps and second-place finishes by the percussion, drum majors, music and general effect. The dance team, known as Golden Elegance, placed first in the division, and the band placed first in marching.

The band took second place overall in the Division 4 competition, assuring a slot in the National Competition.

 

On Nov. 11, the band snared a first-place trophy for marching in the National Competition, earning the Harold J. Haughton Outstanding Marching Award, and took second place overall.

Earlier in the year, the Marching Bulldogs competed in the Battle of the Bands in Chattanooga, Tenn., and took first place in the Gold Division and first place overall. At the Mid-Atlantic Regional High Stepping Band Championship at Shiloh High School, the members took first place in all categories (dance, flag team, marching, drum line, drum majors, music, visual effect and best overall).

They earned Superior in every area at the DeKalb County Band Festival in October. The band is under the direction of David High and Michael Lloyd.

 

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School board to consider new attendance lines, school closures. by Ty Tagami

The DeKalb County School Board will meet Thursday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. to discuss school closures and attendance line changes recommended this week by Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson.

 

Her plan would close a dozen schools that were slated for renovations. Atkinson proposes using the money saved to accelerate work on other projects. She also has recommended issuing $80 million in bonds against future sales tax revenue to fund work earlier.

 

The board is scheduled for a final vote at 6 p.m. on Dec. 10. Both meetings are at 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd., Stone Mountain.

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Atlanta Tea Party opposes charter amendment

Atlanta Tea Party opposes charter amendment | The Education beat | Scoop.it

Not unlike its opposition to the transportation sales tax vote this summer, the Atlanta Tea Party is joining forces with Georgia’s Legislative Black Caucus and education groups to oppose the Charter Schools Amendment.Debbie Dooley, the founder of the Atlanta Tea Party, agrees with GLBC that a state charter commission is not needed since charter schools can still appeal to the state BOE.


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Atlanta Press Club host forum on Georgia’s charter school...

Atlanta Press Club host forum on Georgia’s charter school... | The Education beat | Scoop.it

The Atlanta Press Club will host a forum on the charter school amendment on the November ballot from 5 p. All questions for the forum can be sent in by email or by twitter. AJC's own education reporter will be taking questions during the forum. 


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Both sides debate Charter Schools Amendment

Both sides debate Charter Schools Amendment | The Education beat | Scoop.it

Georgia voters will decide whether to approve the Charter Schools Amendment on Nov. 6.


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