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Why Dekalb County education is a bust

February 17, 2010

With the recent problems with the DeKalb county schools budget, I wanted to bone up on my knowledge of the system. Out of curiosity, I decided to check out the website of my former high school, Towers High in Decatur. As I perused the site, something struck me as odd. There were positions that I had no idea what they did. When I went there, I do not remember any of those positions, amnd I would know, because I spent a lot of time within the admin circles when I was in school. here is a breakdown of each position. What I want to know is are these people in the classroom, or are they admins who shuffle paperwork all day. Here are some of the positions that begs the question; is this a jobs program or what?

There were five Assistant Principals. five Assistant Principals is absurd especially in a school that has a student population of just under 1000. Compare that to Tucker High, which has nearly 1500 students and they have four Assistant Principals

Towers has a total of 12 counselors. They have a counselor position for each grade; 9,10,11,12. Why not combine these into two positions, one for the juniors and seniors, and one for the freshman and sophomores. If the school were larger I might be able to see this, but I doubt it. At Tucker HS, they have half the number of counselors for 300 more students.

At Towers, there is a graduation coach. I do not know what she does, but if grad rates are an indication, she should be fired right now.

There is a position called prevention intervention specialist. What the hell is that? I would love to see the job description for this one. I would like to know what it is he is preventing, and what it is he is intervening in. This position should be killed just for it’s name alone.

Language arts coach and math coach should be eliminated. That is what the parent and the teacher should be doing.

Instructional change coach. Again what the hell is that, and why does it need a coach. put this position on the chopping block.

OK here is one that should never have been created at all. Communities in Schools program coordinator. This screams big government program that wastes money, and adds nothing to the quality of education in the school.

Social worker. I do not remember having a social worker on site when I was in school. I will give this one a pass, but one bad move, and it would be on the chopping block.

These positions are one of the reasons the school system is in trouble financially. No one has the guts to step in and say these and positions like them are a waste of resources. Put the money give these positions to actual teacher positions.

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