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"There is no sin in board members being unified. When has that ever been a problem? Those who say there's a need for lack of unity misunderstand what a school board is all about and would not bring much to the table."
If GCPS had not spent millions in taxpayer money suing Ivy Prep, we wouldn't need an amendment in the first place! GCPS has NEVER approved an independently requested charter school. Look at the GCPS charters that siphon off the cream from our community schools. Then, look at Ivy Prep. http://int.ivyprepacademy.org/why-ivy-prep/
The world-wide destination Imagination Program (creative problem solving) has an outreach program. I know teams in the past have addressed this issue in their schools without a cost to the schools. Several years ago, the Duluth High School team addressed recycling in their tournaments and researched, collected, and delivered all the tournament generated recyclables to Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful. On a national level at the University of Tennesse, they found that all the lunch trays, utensils, food scraps, etc. are "compostable". And, for breakfast and dinner, the food and paper scraps go in the bins and everything else is washed. Those big washers sterilize huge loads in about a minute with very efficient soap/water. Anyway, maybe one of the current DI teams could solve this problem for GCPS?
Am I the racist? Please explain because I can't see how race, much less racism, factors into my comment. Who knows, maybe our superintendent and school board members will from a "civilized society" with the other groups. They just haven't shown much history of playing nice with others.
Also, are you familiar with Ivy Prep?
"The opposition coalition announced Tuesday includes associations of teachers, parents, superintendents and local school board members, along with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the NAACP and other civil rights organizations."
Based on past experiences, this coalition group sounds more like the "Hunger Games". I wonder who the "tributes" from each will be. Oh right, it's the children . . . silly me.
I arrived about 45 minutes early and planned to leave and come back, but there were so many people already there that I decided to stay. Mary Kay Murphy was to start the meeting with a "State of the Schools" address. She simply introduced 3 speakers from the Norcross area (Online school, Norcross High School, and Life Academy). No mention was made about how the Peachtree Corners schools were fairing. Maybe because Norcross HS (-8) and Duluth HS (-13) had both learned of drops in SAT scores more than the GCPS average rise in scores? Or that PTC constituents want information about Norcross High School being a Priority (formerly "Does Not Meet Expectations" Title I school? Anyway, this portion seemed rushed and out of place. Gay Shook was the "MC" and her personal opinion seemed obvious along with other PTC "leaders". Before the meeting started there was a man standing beside me with a stack of Murphy campaign brochures, but I didn't see anyone take one. Personally, I was "put-off" by how political this was on both sides of the issue. Also, to not allow live Q & A? We had the option to get 1 green index card to address a question to the speaker of our choice and turn in at the end of the meeting with our name and contact information. With today's technology, why not an on-line forum where questions could be posted and answered by both sides?
Jan Jones was a wonderful speaker and I felt she would have welcomed a live Q & A session. The majority of the audience was Ivy Prep students, parents, and supporters. I must admit it was hard to not be supportive of the amendment when sitting surrounded by these girls that will be directly and almost immediately affected by the amendment vote. The statement that made most impact on me was when Ms. Jones said, (paraphrased) the most control/impact an individual has in GCPS decision making is their vote once every 4 years for 1 of 5 school board members.
Then GCPS "CEO" spoke against the amendment. He seemed "out of place" and was not engaging. As I said, the audience was probably 75%+ Ivy Prep supporters and he acted like they did not even exist. He looked only at his supporters and the camera while making comments that came across to me sounding like, "I support Charter schools . . . just not yours." It came across as a superintendent not being in touch with our REAL communities and needs. He didn't lend much credence to the "local support" GCPS can offer.
Maybe ssilover meant Estuate: 1. To boil up; to swell and rage; to be agitated.[Websters]?
GCPS principals are easily "irked" these days. With the cuts to teachers and other educational resources coupled with increased performance expectations, it's tough. However, I expect better, more compassionate, and more timely, response from our school board. They tend to be very off-putting and when emotions are high it's tougher. I agree about following the rules, but the least GCPS could do is provide a knowledgeable contact to help navigate the legal requirements.
This is the same school board that is trying to demonstrate how wonderful "local" control of our schools is. Want to see how responsive the school board is and prove to yourself this is not an isolated instance? Pick a local school issue or general GCPS gripe and try to get a written response from your elected school board member. You can write them, fax them, e-mail them, and/or address them personally at a school board meeting. Now, call GDOE with the same concern. You will get a response and be given any information and resources applicable to your concern including GCPS "local control" contacts.
The chemistry teacher Mr. Edgar is the one that presented the DHS teachers' petition of concerns (to an unresponsive GCPS school board) a year and a half ago. The Duluth and Berkeley Lake Mayors (both formerly employed by GCPS) also made statements with no affect on the school board's actions. Since that time, the teachers and community have really stepped up to create a positive collaborative environment and it shows. Eddie Owens and Jen Falk have assisted with bringing anti-bullying workshops and awareness to our community and schools. Thanks for showing LOCAL leadership Duluth. Get educated school board!
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