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Excellent and well written article, Todd Cline. Thanks for the positive about our schools. We GC are extremely fortunate to live here if we have children.
@BHSteacher: Your post is refreshing. Your analysis is positive and in ends with what all of us hope for Berkmar. This is not Berkmar's first time to need to rebuild, spiritually, that is, Remember the fire of the late 70's? Remember the earlier struggles with leadership? I feel that it will rise above this bump and come out on top once again. There is much to be prideful of at BHS--a great leader will come along who will help you show the county that AP scores are not the only story of greatness.
A lot of people in Gwinnett DON'T pay property taxes. Correct. There are thousands who use our roads daily, get our fire and police protection, etc. while working in GC. Their cars do the same damage to the highways. Their simply being here requires we protect them. And their being takes its toll.
@ Haughton...why don't you have your veteran teacher wife ask her administration WHY more out of district people are not withdrawn from GCPS? .It is a matter of personnel. And time. But I totally agree it should be done, Really what we need are courts to enforce the penalties for falsifying information to a state entity. That would put a halt to it. And a penalty for falsifying the residency affidavit...those people who lie and say someone is living with them when they aren't. .But it is just like those who lie to on everything else. Some get caught. Some don't. Fines are never high enough and fails are never big enough.
@BerkmarPatriot13 Your perspective is your perspective. Others have theirs and quite frankly, you are not the only one with ability to write. Read below and you will find a well written response to what the article states. Clearly you have an ax to grind....young fella, you have a lot to learn. Dr. Zinn and you, young fella, may not have seen eye to eye on issues, but he is a well respected educator and his goals and standards are high. And beyond being a well respected educator he is a family man who appreciates all cultures and embraces what they bring to a community.
I am probably a lot older than most of the writers here, but one thing I know as a result of reading blogs is that quickly people spout off about something they no zip about. AND, if a person takes the opportunity in a blog to write something extremely negative it is HE or SHE who has the real problem. So, kudos to "kathysmo" for writing on behalf of what Dr. Zinn is known for doing to help students and teachers alike: help them be the best they can be. He is "good people". And, Gwinnett1991, GCPS does not throw people away just because they are not right for their new position. It is a noble act that many corporations should do, returning people to the role in which they served well...remember "right sizing" which flushed out everyone 50+ in a way that left corporations struggling to hang on with the wet behind the ears MBAs who had little practical experience and all the companies went "south"? Corporate America is the poster child for NO Loyalty Here. Our country has not recovered yet from the 1990s "right sizing" catastrophe.
Kevin, it would be wonderful if all the struggling and not on track kids went to Charter schools. Wish they would so my high performing kids were in a school with all high performers, but that is not what public schools were created to do....send away the challenges. Charters would like to attract all kids....not just those who have challenges, though. Even the private schools see a benefit to attracting students of all levels of ability ... but not motivation. Privates don't want the ne're do wells...but, guess what? Neither do traditional public or non traditional public. As for the DeKalb co kids in GCPS...well, that is not new either. And quite frankly, those of you who shout that out ad nauseum need to face the fact that it takes a heck of a lot of manpower to run all the liars out of the system.
Soooo.....give it to the taxpayers for free. I mean since it is already OURS...what a great idea. I think the county would really go for that idea.
Thanks, Larry. Could you please clear this up? I was of the impression that Gwinnett had to participate in an approved testing program as part of Race To The Top. If PARCC was voluntary (glad we spent nothing) and it was not what Georgia approved, what would Gwinnett use? I am aware of some kind of waiver or alternative way to measure student learning. Just would like a person who knows what is going on to clear that up. Again, thanks.
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