A Classy Press Release by Senator Carter

March 13, 2013 12:33 pm

by Bridget Cantrell · 13 comments

Nope – I’m not even being sarcastic.  I’ll give credit where it’s due.  Senator Carter’s press release was a nice touch.  p.s. The next gubernational race: #inittowinit

Friends,

Today, Governor Deal announced his selections for the reconstituted DeKalb School Board. The number of people and the overall quality in the applicant pool speaks volumes about the people of DeKalb and how much we care about our community.

On paper, the six new appointed members are an undeniably impressive group. Read about the new members here. Whatever you think about the process that put these members in place, we all need to come together to support them to ensure that the school system maintains accreditation for our students.

I personally plan to attend the swearing-in ceremony today if it doesn’t conflict with my Senate committee schedule. Going forward, I will do everything I can to support this board and its work.

I know that there are differing views on the law that allowed the governor to remove the elected board members and replace them, but we can all agree that we have to move forward and do what is best for the children of DeKalb County. That’s what I intend to do.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Senator Jason Carter

ThatcherQueen March 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm

No wonder Democrat Jason Carter loves this selection. We see no ed reformers on this selection. No advocates for charter schools or parental control. Lots of folks with ties to the political class or the business establishment. But how does this help children lost in a sea of failure?

noparty March 13, 2013 at 2:16 pm

@ThatcherQueen:

SACS has made it clear that DeKalb Public Schools was placed on accreditation because of mismanagement by the school board, not performance of the schools. The same deal with Clayton County. In both instances, the schools were performing fine, making AYP and everything. Now performance in DPS has been declining, but only from very good to just above average. DeKalb County – and for that matter Clayton County – public schools aren’t APS, and they certainly aren’t Chicago, Detroit, D.C., Philadelphia etc. schools. So they are nowhere near the stage where they need parental control or ed reformers like Michelle Rhee. They just need a school board capable of following its own governance laws. So enough with the “children lost in a sea of failure” talk. In DeKalb County, it can still be fairly said that educational failure is the fault of the child and the family, not the schools. The same can’t be said for a lot of school systems that are nowhere near losing accreditation.

P.S. Governor Deal’s not appointing replacements that are ideologically or politically different from their predecessors pretty much precludes a nasty, divisive civil rights lawsuit that the NAACP and the NAN would use for their membership and voter registration drives in DeKalb, whatever its affect on accreditation.

elfiii March 13, 2013 at 7:16 pm

@ ThatcherQueen – “But how does this help children lost in a sea of failure?”

Because it gets rid of the people who were causing the failure and replaces them with people who are used to success and know how to achieve it.

To be quite honest the Governor could have picked six random names from the phone book and they would do a better job than the previous school board.

They just got sworn in today ThatcherQueen. How about you give them say a week to 10 days to prove they aren’t so bad? Even the most hard bitten would admit the new folks turning out to be worse than the previous folks is a daunting challenge not to be taken lightly.

James March 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Slow down, ThatcherQueen. This whole process is about restoring accreditation in DeKalb County, not a high-level change in how public schools are run in Georgia. The patient has to survive brain surgery before he can start working out.

noparty March 13, 2013 at 2:19 pm

As stated above, the ironic part is that no brain surgery is needed. In DeKalb, the schools themselves are fine, or at least average, with no problems that would concern SACS. The entire problem was the school board. Once SACS is satisfied, which should be rather quickly, they can move on to other business, which would hopefully include charter and magnet schools.

James March 13, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Not to quibble, but why do we need charter and magnet schools if “the schools themselves are fine”?

noparty March 13, 2013 at 5:41 pm

The same reason why the better performing than ours school systems in the northeast have them, and lots of them I might add. To give the most gifted and hardest working students a chance to succeed, and to offer special programs that the “one size fits all” generic high schools don’t have the ability to manage. We have alternative schools for the at-risk kids, why not charter and magnet schools for the kids at the opposite end of the scale?

Dave Bearse March 13, 2013 at 10:57 pm

I disagree with the statement that DeKalb schools themselves are fine, but considering socio-economics, they aren’t inferior.

Mike Hassinger March 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm

“…the overall quality in the applicant pool speaks volumes about the people of DeKalb…”
Why, thank you, Senator!

Ed March 13, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Exception that proves the rule, duh.

Self_Made March 13, 2013 at 3:31 pm

The Governor did a great job on selecting the appointees. Its unfortunate that we can’t get this caliber of people to actually run for the office…but then, it seems they were going about their lives actually accomplishing things, not looking for “hookups”. I believe that they can get this thing turned around, and HOPE that the qualifications bar is set high enough in these appointments that the populace demands the same level of accomplishment from candidates when its time to vote again.

Nonchalant March 13, 2013 at 8:02 pm

So Carter might run–just what everybody needs for solutions to all that ails us, and has never been tried before: a kid in his thirties who is a scion of a political family and a lawyer, and otherwise has done nothing else.

I take all my doubts about the future of Georgia back. We’re saved!

Nonchalant March 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I just apologize–I was wrong. Mr. Carter is on the Emory Board of Visitors, which position I am sure they give out in general to every thirtyish first-time state senator with a bachelors and law degree who comes along. So he has done something.

That something being kept breathing.

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