Posts tagged with "DeKalb County Schools"

Guidelines on transgender facility access stir debate, but protections aren’t new

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 17, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education caused a stir with a recent letter to school systems offering guidance on how to protect the rights of transgender students. School systems in Atlanta, DeKalb County and the city of Decatur already have policies that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. One section of […]

DeKalb County Schools now a ‘Strategic Waivers’ system

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 5, 2016

The state Board of Education has agreed to allow DeKalb County Schools more flexibility while increasing educational accountability. DeKalb County Schools is now a Strategic Waivers School System. “SWSS contracts are intended to provide local school districts with the flexibility they need to increase student achievement,” the Georgia Department of Education website says. Under the new designation, […]

Avondale Elementary parent arrested after gun triggers lock down at school

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 14, 2015

An Avondale Estates Elementary parent is in custody after he entered the campus with his gun tucked into his pants. DeKalb County Schools spokesperson Quinn Hudson said the dad entered the school at approximately 7:10 a.m. He didn’t threaten anyone, Hudson said, but his gun caused the school to immediately initiate lock down procedures. The […]

Dear Decaturish – How DeKalb’s superintendent influenced an election

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 5, 2015

We accept letters to the editor. Letters to the editor are opinions of the authors of the letter, not Everyone has an equal opportunity to submit a letter to the editor. So if you read something here and don’t like it, don’t jump on our case. Write a letter of your own. All letters […]

(AUDIO) DeKalb Superintendent discusses charter schools, annexation and more

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 22, 2015

Not long after Decaturish published an article about concerns over DeKalb Schools charter policy, we received an invitation to speak with Superintendent Stephen Green. “Dr. Green would like to invite you to meet with him … in his office to talk about his plans for the DeKalb County School District and his views on charter schools,” […]

Concerns raised about DeKalb County Schools charter policy

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 25, 2015

There’s growing concern in DeKalb County regarding Superintendent Stephen Green’s approach to charter schools. A letter form the Georgia Charter Schools Association is raising concerns about the new policy recently adopted by the School Board. Also, Avondale Estates City Commissioner Terry Giager said he was concerned about the superintendent’s approach to charters. Giager said Green […]

DeKalb school system reschedules testing to avoid conflicts with religious holidays

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 26, 2015

DeKalb County Schools Superintendent R. Stephen Green has responded to an outcry over the school system’s testing schedule and has rearranged it to accommodate Jewish holy days. The original dates for DeKalb’s ITBS tests in September conflicted with the Jewish holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Rabbi Joshua Heller of B’nai Torah told Reporter Newspapers, “This […]

Kansas City Schools superintendent tapped to lead DeKalb County Schools

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 13, 2015

The search for the next DeKalb County Schools Superintendent appears to be over. Parent Councils United, a parent advocacy group focused on the county school system, announced that R. Stephen Green, the current Superintendent of the Kansas City School System in Missouri, is the sole finalist for the job. The Board of Education will hold a […]

DeKalb County Schools terminates contract with superintendent search firm

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 4, 2015

The DeKalb County Schools system has abruptly ended its relationship with ProAct amid concerns about some racist remarks allegedly made by its CEO. SUPES Academy, a company related to ProAct, is under investigation by the FBI over a no-bid contract it received from Chicago Public Schools. Prior to conducting interviews of candidates on Friday and […]

DeKalb County’s School Board will conduct private interviews of superintendent candidates

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 30, 2015

The DeKalb County Board of Education will meet on Friday, May 1, at a location near the Atlanta airport to begin interviewing candidates to replace outgoing superintendent Michael Thurmond. The meeting will be held at 1:30 pm at the Sheraton Atlanta Airport Hotel 1900 Sullivan Road Atlanta, GA 30337. The Board usually meets at the Central Office […]

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