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GCPS is one of the top rated school systems in the nation. What more do you want from them? It is a PUBLIC school system. They attempt to educate every child that walks through the door...from the brightest to the most struggling. The state has continued to cut school resources for over 8 years now. Class sizes are huge and teachers are literally making less than they did five years ago. All the teachers I know are still working just as hard as they can, but the schools are understaffed DUE to the housing crisis in Gwinnett as well as the economic crisis in the state of Georgia. Gwinnett still managed to win a Nationally Coveted Award in the midst of all of this. I am not sure what some of you want from PUBLIC education, but if you need more than Gwinnett is giving...you don't need a charter school, you need an elite private school.
Gwinnett residents who want to complain about the school system here sickon me. Gwinnett is a nationally recognized school district that has made AMAZING strides as the county has shifted from a rural county to an urban school district. It is one of the most stable school districts in the nation and of course it is big business because it is one of the largest employers in the state of Georgia as it is a HUGE district. If anyone is listening...the big "education empire" is not advocating against parent choice. The empire is advocating against further cuts to the local school systems that have just about crippled the current system. The austerity cuts that educators have endured mean that they are making less and less money each year...but teaching more students and handling more responsibilities. Teacher salaries were not exhorbitant to start with so after 5 years of no raises, furlough days and higher payments for health insurance and benefits; educators in Georgia are actually making substantially less than they were. Class sizes are larger than ever and clerical support and infrastructure are all but gone. No one is against charter schools and no one is against parent choice. The "empire" is against being anymore crippled than it already has been. Our own State School Superintendent has gone against his party not because he doesn't believe in charter schools, but because he doesn't believe in state charter schools at the expense of hurting an already wounded public school system.
Oh yes let's make exceptions for lazy parents that don't pay attention and move the start date of school to after Labor Day. That is an old tradition that is dead now because it is much better on the semester system to finish the entire semester before you give a two week break for Christmas. I remember when I was in high school taking 2 weeks off at Christmas and coming back to take exams after the holidays. It was ridiculous.
dman - students are rarely asked to make up the specific assignments when they register late, but they are responsible for the material that was taught. Oftentimes the teacher has to work one on one with that student to catch them up so that there are no gaps in learning.
News2me - Yes GCPS looks to see where the students belong, but there is a long history of students from other counties falsifying their residency to come to Gwinnett schools. It is very difficult to catch and with the economy...there is no one available to really police the issue. Every student has to show residency, but think about how easy it is to falsify.
Thank you FordGalaxy! The voice of reason is long overdue here. The NAACP is doing more harm than the original homework assignment did by keeping it dredged up and telling people that it meant more than it did. I so agree that the questions were in poor taste, but the intention was not to hurt anyone. The intention, while it obviously did not turn out well, was actually based on a great teaching strategy. As usual...adults take something small and BLOW it out of proportion. I too don' understand what the NAACP wants at this point...other than 15 more minutes of notoriety.
Thank you LarryMajor for being a reasonable voice. I have emailed both of my Georgia representatives asking that they not comply with HR 1162. It was very easy to do and I encourage others to the same.
Leave it to a bunch of adults to take something small (in the grand scheme of things) and explode it into something ridiculous to grab 15 minutes of fame. There is no doubt that the homework questions were inappropriate and better judgment should have been used on the part of the teacher, but I do not think the teacher's intention was to be racist or degrading. The teacher was trying to integrate social studies with math. This is something that is constantly pushed in education circles and teachers often get together with other content areas to try and create relevance by integrating content. If you have read the biography of Frederick Douglass then you know he mentions that he was beaten routinely.. even stating that he received as many as two beatings in a day. One can easily see what the teacher was trying to do. Poor judgment....absolutely, but intentionally racist...no way. Have we not all made poor judgments at times? These parents that want counseling for their children and are so worried that their kids can't handle this need to get a life. The only people permanently scarred by this are the teachers whose jobs are now on the line because people insist on blowing this out of proportion instead of seeing it for what it is...a bad mistake.
Let's not be a sore loser. You and others like you have spread your venom over the past weeks for a district that has done nothing but improve the education of Gwinnett County students. There is no evidence to suggest otherwise with the exception of some articles written in the AJC that were proven to be full of inaccurate information. GCPS is the largest school system in the state and one of the largest systems in the nation. Your operating budget comment is ridiculous. You cannot compare a family income to the operating budget of a massive school system. Thank goodness that 60% of the voters in Gwinnett are educated enough to see through the accusations of people like you.
OutofMoney...I do not work for the ISC and you still have given no examples of anything. Just because someone wants to defend the school system does not mean they work at the ISC. In the real world you cannot convict a company without evidence.
It is puzzling to me that the voters of this county feel that Gwinnett County Public Schools has not been good stewards of the money entrusted to them by the taxpayers. Gwinnett has the best school system in the state and one of the best in the nation. Gwinnett won the Broad Prize for urban education because it has had the money to do the things necessary for students and teachers to excel. It is the most prestigious prize in public education. What more do you want from your school system? They have been audited and even reviewed by a special commission and no impropriety has been found. I would like for some of you in opposition to give specific examples of when the board has said they would do one thing and then done another. When has money been earmarked for one thing and then used for another? What ethics violations have occurred and by whose standards? We are throwing around all these accusations, but in my world...you need examples. If SPLOST is not passed, then Gwinnett will take a BIG step back in the technology relm of education and the ones who will suffer for that are the students. If there is fat in the system's budget that can be cut...it certainly isn't 876 million dollars worth of fat. I am not willing to wager the education of Gwinnett county's students on the misgivings of a small group of people without some very specific examples of wrong doing and I would encourage others not to wager either.
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