fred68 3 years, 8 months ago on Education officials talk safety

"Annually, the school resource officer and school administrator review and complete a Safe School Plan for the local school. The school plans for Gwinnett County Public Schools are approved by Georgia Emergency Management Agency every two years and are on file at each local school. These plans are shared with local police and fire jurisdictions." - from GCPS website

It was just an update to the board about policy and procedures already in place. If you're going to complain, at least make sure it's about a real issue.


fred68 3 years, 9 months ago on High school program combats internet dangers

If you read the outline for the SPLOST initiative you will see that it covers infrastructure and digital content, not personal devices for each student. It will empower students to bring their own devices - however the current state of the broadband won't support that at the moment. The building up of the infrastructure is a part of this SPLOST. As for teaching internet safety - our schools are actually saving money by doing this. The FCC's E-Rate Program give reduced rates for wireless access to schools and libraries. Part of the stipulation, however, is that the school must provide instruction on internet safety. Whether or not you agree with the SPLOST is a personal decision, but please do the research to base your decision on facts, not heresay.


fred68 3 years, 9 months ago on Future of one-cent education tax in voters' hands

Kevin - from the GCPS website: "Will students be able to bring their own technology— iPods, tablets, smartphones— to use in class? In the future, we anticipate students will use their own technology more and more as part of the learning process. The school system is researching how to best integrate personal technology devices into classroom instruction."

Buying a device for every student isn't a part of SPLOST.


fred68 3 years, 9 months ago on Superintendent touts one-cent sales tax

I'm not sure what these stats have to do with SPLOST. The link between high poverty rates and lower SAT scores is a nationwide problem, not just a GCPS issue. Plus, you'll notice some schools buck the trend - take a look at Parkview and Duluth. Duluth posted higher SAT scores than Peachtree Ridge despite having almost double the amount of free/reduced lunch students.