Three Gwinnett Schools named to state priority list

ATLANTA -- A report released this week from the Georgia Department of Education named 78 of the state's lowest performing public schools, a document that includes Gwinnett InterVention Center East, Gwinnett InterVention Center West and Meadowcreek High School.

A representative with the state board of education said the 78 facilities were designated as priorities because they were "among the lowest in the state in terms of achievement measures" such as graduation rates and test scores.

Justin Pauly,a spokesman with the state board of education, said the schools will remain on the priority list for three years, during which time the facilities must offer a flexible learning program, develop a corrective action program, communicate with parents about the school's status, share data and explain to parents how they can get involved.

Pauly said the state will offer assistance during the three-year stint.

The labels of priority schools, focus schools, alert schools and reward schools will replace the designations used in the federal No Child Left Behind initiative. President Barack Obama granted waivers for the federal mandates in February.

Schools once targeted by No Child Left Behind as "needs improvement" will be replaced by the new designations.

Two of the three local schools that made the list are alternative schools which are for students on long-term suspension for disciplinary matters, according to Sloan Roach, spokesperson for Gwinnett County Public Schools.

Roach said students at GIVE Centers East and West may "spend a semester or a year" at the schools.

She said the district is "working with the department of education to learn more about this new category and to see what we can do to support these schools as well."

For more information, visit www.doe.k12.ga.us.


HonestIngine 3 years, 3 months ago

Hey NewsReader, Lighten up... Some pretty harsh words... You must be having a bad day. I won't respond to comments like the ones you made attacking parents and children...


BuzzG 3 years, 3 months ago

I'm sure glad that our Dear Leader Obama has sent inspectors into the schools to check the lunches of our students.

Actually, our founding fathers got it right in the 10th amendment. The Federal Government needs to keep its nose out of education. The more the Federal Bureaucrats get involved, the worse things will get.


Cleanupguy 3 years, 3 months ago

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

This power has not been delegated to the US via the Constitution, and Georgia has not prohibited the feds from them being involved by taking the lead (and refusing the cash, of course).


Cleanupguy 3 years, 3 months ago

My sister, upon her retirement from one of the better middle schools in the country (in another state) remarked that in her teaching career the kids hadn’t changed much over the years, but the parents sure had. Meadowcreek has a few of the finest students (predominantly of Asian and Middle Eastern descent) and many of the worst examples of this, and student results appear to be direct reflections of what they’re seeing at home. My best example of that is having to explain to a mom that teaching her kid to steal fruit from a neighbor’s tree was an abhorrent and disgusting and totally unacceptable act that would not be tolerated, period. Rotten useless parents beget same.

The school system itself is not blameless. Years ago we had streets clogged with illegally parked student vehicles and open warfare (fights among them) after school let out. After the school ignored efforts to develop a “neighborhood partnership” we started to push back HARD and progress ensued. We had a stolen car ring busted, no parking during school hours signs put up (strongly enforced – we’ve had as many as seven towed at a time), numerous gang punks permanently taken down (there is no wimpy juvenile justice slap-on-the-wrist treatment under RICO federal racketeering law), and we broke the story that Resource Officers were immediately beholden to school principals (less crime reported means better funding) and not their Police chain of command. The last I heard I was tied for most property maintenance complaints filed – thanks for the godsent Quality of Life Unit. Shortly thereafter most of our problems went up the street, to the neighborhood of the grand senior lady of the school board. They now have a COPS program in place – imagine that.

Indeed, everyone in Gwinnett should expect significantly better of Meadowcreek – SOON!


toby 3 years, 3 months ago

The world still needs ditch diggers.


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