Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The Parent Town Hall Meeting will take place at Washington High School and cover a range of issues.
Note: Cascade Patch mistakingly reported that this event was going to take place on Wednesday evening. It is actually scheduled for Thursday evening. Sorry for the confusion. Parents are being urged to be a part of their children's education and their school's process more than ever these days as school performance and school safety continue to be hot button issues throughout southwest Atlanta and the greater metro area. District 2 Board of Education representative, Bryon Amos, will hold a Parent Town Hall meeting on Thursday, March 28th starting at 6:30 p.m. at Washington High School. The meeting will discuss important topics such as, "small school designation, school safety, parental engagement, community involvement, and upcoming …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Final approval of the calendar for the next two school years is expected. School safety could also come up.
The Atlanta Board of Education will meet Monday and is expected to adopt a new calendar for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. The Live Blog of a mid-January meeting included the Superintendent's Report on the calendar issue: Changes from past calendars include the consolidation of all schools to a single calendar as well as changes to the scheduling of some staff work days. For 2013-14 and 2014-15, the superintendent’s proposal provides flexibility to principals and supervisors in the scheduling of one (1) teacher work day and in the scheduling of 200-day and 220-day staff members (e.g. counselors, social workers, assistant principals) outside of the teacher work year. This will allow schools to tailor their staff schedules to best …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Will Cascade Elementary be given a new name next school year?
For now Cascade Elementary, located at 2326 Venetian Dr SW, is still Cascade Elementary. The Board of Education members met on Monday to discuss a host of issues including security at Price Middle School, and decided that the community had not had enough time nor input into the renaming process. As the Cascade school began to be discussed, The Renaming Committee made its recommendation, "that we not move forward with the renaming at this time." It's reasons included that it believed the name change would "not comply with board policy." A full board open discussion was then had by the members, which brought up complaints such as a lack of community involvement during this first "comment period" which just ended on January 31st. Yolanda …
Thursday, December 8, 2011
"The end result of most charter and voucher movements is the separation of motivated parents and students from those who don’t have the support system or wherewithal to take advantage of a lottery or application process."—Brockington-Shaw
Thursday, December 8, 2011
At a recent Atlanta Board of Education meeting, my inner alarm bell rang as I listened to a school board member ask Karen Waldon, Deputy Superintendent for Instruction, and Steve Smith, Deputy Superintendent and Chief of Staff, questions regarding how to handle public schools that fail to meet AYP. The school board member stated that we need to take drastic measures to correct our problems and asked if APS would be willing to work with lawmakers to hand over control of Atlanta Public Schools to some sort of charter/privatization/voucher organization. I consider this request both un-American and a betrayal of public trust. The school board has been entrusted with the job of providing quality education to all students, not to hand off that …