Ahelmstetter

Ahelmstetter 2 years ago on Murphy, Falk aim for District 3

"...work to build the best urban public school system in the nation. I characterize myself as a builder of communities and schools as successful structures so that students can achieve and learn." Really, MKM? Graduation rates at 67%, approval of suspicious land deals, misappropriation of funds to Chamber of Commerce positions without documentable benefit, lack of transparency... just to name a few.... I could hardly say any of that is indicative of the best public school system in the nation.

And as far as being a builder of communities -- the abhorrent leadership that she showed during last year's student reassignment is the farthest thing from building communities that I have ever seen.

It's time for a change. I've seen Jen Falk out at community events throughout District 3 for the past year -- LISTENING to parents and students, learning about what concerns them. The grass roots support that she has gained over that time is not by accident. It is by hard work and a desire to make a change in the lives of all kids in GCPS. I am also quite sure that the track record of over 1,000 unanimous votes by the board will be broken when she is in office. As a life-long Republican, and the mother of two GCPS students, I examined the issues and MKM's track record, and cannot, in good conscience, vote for the Republican incumbent for School Board District 3 -- I'm voting for Jen Falk.

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Ahelmstetter 2 years ago on Newcomers seek overhaul of education board

One of the greatest things about the political system in this country is that you don't HAVE to have political experience in order to run for office. For the past several years there has been a voter referendum on "career politicians" - we the people have been voting out elected officials who have been in office too long and are out of touch with their constituents. It's downright dangerous to reelect a candidate just because they've been there a long time and have experience as a politician. YIKES! And Double-yikes! I can't thing of a worse reason to reelect someone.

Don't be so quick to exclude a non-politician from consideration. I would take hard working newcomer with a solid grasp of the issues and some solid ideas for improvement over anyone who has voted in unison over 1,000 times over the past 4 years and a view that sending my tax payer dollars to the Chamber of Commerce to fund two "education positions" rather than trying to keep my kids class sizes down is a good idea. Jen Falk gets my vote over the long term incumbent who, even with her long tenure has lost my trust and my vote.

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Ahelmstetter 2 years, 11 months ago on 4 more schools meet AYP

Where do I find the breakdown on the components and subgroups that missed AYP?

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Ahelmstetter 2 years, 11 months ago on ESPLOST passes, will lead to technology upgrades at GCPS

Lets be clear here. 60% of Gwinnett County voters did not vote for this tax. 14% of all registered voters cast a vote yesterday, and of that 14%, 60% said yes and 40% said no. I hardly call that overwhelming support.

I hardly thing that expressing opposing opinions about important issues is "spreading venom". It is the RIGHT and DUTY of everyone to discuss issues and present opinions EVEN IF THEY ARE DIFFERNT FROM YOUR OWN (shocking, I know).

Calling this an issue of "winners" and "losers" is very petty. This is an issue about our children, their education and MILLIONS of dollars. As a parent of 2 GCPS children and a prior supporter of the ESPLOT -- I did not vote in favor of it this time. The Board has not proven to me that they are good stewards of my money. I will continue to be engaged in the educational process, do my homework and talk about the issues -- even if others don't like what I have to say. I would encourage all others to do the same.

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