School Flexibility Option Community Engagement Sessions
The focus of these sessions is to get stakeholder input on the Local School Governance Teams (LSGTs) that will be required at each school and how those teams will have the opportunity to assist in the governance of the school and request flexibility from state law and Department of Education rules and regu-lations.
Region IV Lithonia High School Tuesday, September 29 @ 6:00 PM
Region III Stephenson High School Wednesday, September 30 @ 6:00 PM
Region II Lakeside High School Thursday, October 1 @ 6:00 PM
GA DOE has an established deadline of November 1, 2015, for submission of charter petition applications. The petition’s current draft can be reviewed at the link below It hasn’t changed since last year.
As a part of the legal obligations associated with submission of a charter application to the GA DOE, the District has requested that the Board hold two Public Hearings on October 5, 2015, with the first occurring at 1:30 PM and the second occurring at 5:30 PM. This will allow the public an opportunity to speak directly to the Board and offer input on the charter application. Finally, the District has requested that the Board hold a called meeting during the week of October 19, 2015, to allow the Board an opportunity to adopt a resolution supporting the charter application and its submission to the GA DOE.
What is the point of attending any of these community meetings? No one ever uses the suggestions of the taxpayers to improve the school situation. At least that has been my experience over the last 10 years or so as both a teacher and taxpayer.
Several years ago while still a teacher I was part of a focus group at the Palace. Copious notes were taken but I do not think a report was written, and certainly nothing we teachers suggested was implemented.
It has been and probably will remain all smoke and mirrors, more money for the top tier folks, more work and less money for teachers, and an overall raw deal for the children.