Now the issue moves to the DeKalb School Board. Will they vote with 92% or will they side with 8%? This will be the first big test since they voted to approve buying 15 new cars. During the crucial car vote-buying meeting earlier this year 48% of DeKalb parents wanted a gray colored interior and 50% wanted a beige colored interior. 2% said they don't see things in color and had no opinion. It was a huge decision for the Board and now this Cluster vote is equally as important for Board members.
This is scary stuff for the central office and the superintendent. No way should PTA mommies have any say in what happens in a DeKalb school! We need experienced educators running the show (oh wait, no one on the Board or the Superintendent has ever written a lesson plan, taken roll, entered grades, instructed 35 kids in a janitor's closet, or taught a group of kids in a
So how will the wheelin' and dealin' DeKalb Machine handle this situation? Look for Superintendent Thurmond to announce a transition for the DeKalb County School District to become the DeKalb County Charter School System, thus one-upping the Mommy brigade at Druid Hills. In other words, Thurmond will break protocol and pull out the "I triple dog dare you" card.
And just exactly what does a School System Cluster mean? To the children it means absolutely nothing! Will it increase student achievement? No. Will it increase parental involvement? No. Will it take power away from the central office and take control away from the $1 Billion monster? No. Will it stop the crazy hiring practices known as the Land of Misfit
What people in many areas of DeKalb want is to be able to hire/fire teachers and admin at the local level and controlling their own money by spending it where it is needed. Superintendent Thurmond is standing in the way of this dream, and he has political supporters that will defend him all the way to the bank. Will the students of DeKalb have the support of a majority on the school board or not?
The Charter School System is a total joke and a waste of time and money. Look for a few influential people to use this Charter System as a replacement for the independent school district. Why? Not because they actually care about local control and improving student achievement and raising teacher pay, but because they benefit in some way or another from squashing the rebellion of the mommie brigades.