From: "Parents for DeKalb Schools" and Get the Cell Out - Atlanta
DeKalb Board of Education on Trial.
Accreditation at Risk.
3 Important Steps for Stakeholders
Now that the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) has been downgraded to the accreditation level of Probation by SACS/AdvancED, the District is only one step away from losing its accreditation. See the report produced by SACS/AdvancED.
On January 17 at 1:00 p.m., the Georgia State Board of Education will meet to determine if they should recommend to Governor Deal that he suspend the members of the DeKalb County Board of Education. This would allow him to clean house and effectively hit the "reset" button for the troubled school district. Many believe this is the best possible outcome for the long term health of DCSD. Read the summons here.
What can you do for the children of DeKalb?
1. EMAIL the State Board of Education members something similar to:
Please vote to recommend to Governor Deal to suspend the Superintendent and the DeKalb Board of Education members immediately, including the newly elected members. The children's educational opportunities can be sacrificed no longer.
Please provide our county with the guidance and information needed so that we can be more efficient at identifying the causes of such abuse of our tax dollars in the future so that we are not doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past.
And, please support legislation at a state level that would provide for an Ethics Review Panel, such as the one currently under consideration by Senator Emanuel Jones (D - Decatur).
Please make quality, bi-partisan recommendations to the Governor for qualified individuals who might be willing to serve temporarily on our board until the time that the voters can make their choices known.
Preferably use your own words and share your thoughts on the issue.
The State Board members' email addresses are listed below.
Simply copy and paste all of these into the "To:" field of your email. It's OK just to send one email to all of them at the same time.
If you would like us to share your email on our public website, www.GETtheCELLoutATL.org, please add a bcc: or cc: line for firstname.lastname@example.org. (We will, of course, keep your name and any other identifying information confidential and will only share the contents of your email as a way to encourage others to speak up as well.)
Complete contact information for the State Board can be found here if you'd prefer to call.
It's important to understand that the Board could wait to decide what steps, if any, to take. SACS has given DCSD until 12/31/2013 to comply with its recommendations. We can't afford to wait. We must insist that the State BOE act now.
2. ATTEND the hearing on January 17 at 1:00 p.m.
to show your concern about the children of DeKalb County and the repeated lack of responsibility that the DeKalb Board of Education has demonstrated. There will be no opportunity for public comment. However, your presence is important.
The hearing will be held in the State BOE Boardroom at:Georgia Department of Education
2070 Twin Towers East, 205 Jesse Hill Jr Drive
Atlanta GA 30334
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3. FORWARD this email to every property owner, school parent, blog writer, neighborhood list, and media person you know in DeKalb County.