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Dekalb School System Reacts to State CRCT Investigation

Dekalb School System Reacts to State CRCT Investigation

Dekalb County, GA--  (submitted by Walter Woods for Dekalb Schools)

Based on the results of the investigation to date and after receiving feedback from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), the School System has taken the following actions to ensure that the CRCT process is accurate and represents the progress of students:

  • Twenty-nine current and former school system employees have been referred to the Professional Standards Commission based on concerns that they may have been engaged in inappropriate conduct during the administration of the 2009 CRCT.
  • Twenty-four school system employees, including principals, assistant principals and teachers, have been reassigned to duties outside of the schools, pending review of their teaching certificates from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

DeKalb County School System Weather Related Make-up Days

DeKalb County School System Weather Related Make-up Days

The DeKalb County School System has identified two proposed instructional days in February to make up for instructional days missed during this month’s inclement weather.

The days identified are as follows: Friday, Feb. 18 and Monday, Feb. 21

The DeKalb County School System will recommend these days to the DeKalb County Board of Education for approval at a called meeting on Thursday,
Jan. 27, at 10 a.m.

Upon Board of Education approval, employees, students, parents and the DeKalb Schools community at-large will be informed of the make-up days.

For more information and updates, please visit www.dekalb.k12.ga.us

Atlanta Tech Announces Design Competition for K-12 Students

Atlanta Tech Announces Design Competition for K-12 Students

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by Atlanta Area Tech)

Atlanta Technical College is now accepting entries for the 15th annual Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) student design competition.  The contest is open to all area elementary, middle and high school students.  Designs must be received by the Atlanta Technical College Office of Communications by Tuesday, February 8.

Elementary school children may compete in the placemat competition; middle schoolers in the poster contest and high students in the T-shirt design competition.  The artwork submitted to Atlanta Technical College will be entered in the statewide competition where three winners will be chosen in each of the three groupings.  The first-, second- and third-place winners in each category will be honored at the Governor’s Awards Luncheon on April 28 at the Georgia International Convention Center.  At that time the governor of Georgia will present each winner with a certificate, a

17 Local Schools Receive Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grants

17 Local Schools Receive Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grants

Atlanta, GA--  

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded 17 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants in Georgia.

Some Dekalb County Schools may be forced to Close, Parents rally to SAVE LIVSEY Elementary

Some Dekalb County Schools may be forced to Close, Parents rally to SAVE LIVSEY Elementary

Tucker, GA--  (submitted by the Save Livsey Task Force)

As you are likely aware, the DeKalb County School System (DCSS) is currently preparing its ten-year master plan for the school district, known as "2020 Vision." A significant component of the plan concerns the consolidation (or closing) and redistricting of schools throughout the district.

This past Monday, the Consolidation/Redistricting plan (Plan) was presented to the Board of Education. The Plan consists of a centralized option and a decentralized option. Details, including maps, of the plan can be found at the DCSS website or at www.SAVELIVSEY.org.

DeKalb to Close 12 Schools and Uproot More Students

DeKalb to Close 12 Schools and Uproot More Students

DEKALB COUNTY, GA -- Public hearings are scheduled to start next week in DeKalb County, after the school board proposed closing 12 elementary schools, citing too few students. Livsey Elementary School is one on the proposed list to close.

Beloved by families in the neighborhood, officials say it has low enrollment and that consolidating student populations is the best way to maximize learning and funding.

Marshall Orson, president of Fernbank Elementary's School Council says, "This is a school that was built for the Druid Hills neighborhood. It's been here for 52 years. It's a phenomenal school, probably one of the highest performing in DeKalb County, probably all of Georgia."

An Outrageous Raise or a Well Deserved Supplement?

An Outrageous Raise or a Well Deserved Supplement?

DEKALB COUNTY, GA -- "I think it's more of the same, a slap in the face." That's how Kim Ault and other parents reacted Friday to a $73,000 pay hike for Interim DeKalb County School Superintendent Ramona Tyson.

Some are outraged that a school system that's $50 million in the red and racked by a recent scandal would even think of such a move.

But with a 7 to 1 vote, the DeKalb County School Board increased Tyson's salary by 44 percent.

"Given what she's taken us through, it's disingenuous if we were going to continue to pay her 50 cents on the dollar," said School Board Chairman Tom Bowen.

He points out that Tyson has been working at her old Deputy Superintendent's salary of $165,000 since taking over the top job last February.

She took over when previous Superintendent Crawford Lewis was suspended and then fired after being charged with corruption.

Lewis' salary was $255,000 when he got the boot.