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DeKalb schools spotlighted six years ago in USA Today

December 6, 2010

This article was sent by a reader recently, and I just had to share it just in case people had not read the comments from my last post. Here are a few quotes from the article.

This year(2004) at Vanderlyn, in a quiet DeKalb County suburb northeast of Atlanta, the PTA raised an eye-popping $133,166 and is lavishing it on the kids: $12,000 for the library, $12,500 for the gym, $4,000 for landscaping, $2,250 for “student incentives.”

Then to be contrasted with this statement:

Toney boasts a successful “Treasure Chest” program that rewards kids and parents who read books. Read a book, take home a prize: toothbrushes, soap, deodorant, blankets, canned goods. “Everything that they may be too proud to ask for,”

Basic necessities  are given as rewards! What’s worst, is that the reward system applies to parents as well as students. This an awful way to start life.

Addressing poverty and ignorance seems to be an elusive goal in education. Poverty is more entrenched and more dangerous than society wants to admit.

Experts say the effects of poverty fall squarely on minority students. John Logan, a demographic researcher at State University of New York-Albany, has found that the average black or Hispanic student attends an elementary school in which about two-thirds of classmates are poor; for whites, fewer than a third of classmates are poor.

Education is suppose to be the path out of poverty, but too many poor families are stuck in a cycle of poverty, poor education and a society unwilling to admit that poor students may need more resources.

Even middle-class minority students aren’t exempt: The average black family with an income of more than $60,000 lives in a neighborhood with a higher poverty rate than the average white family earning less than $30,000, he says.

This could explain why schools with solid middle class students are still suffering

Recent research also shows that poor students, who are least likely to find help at home, are least likely to find it at school. Poorly prepared, uncertified teachers are concentrated in urban and rural school districts, says Linda Darling-Hammond of Stanford University. “It all adds up,” she says.

Resources that are most needed in urban classrooms are not there.

This article sums up not only what is wrong in DeKalb, but5 what is also wrong in our education system in general. The sad part is that This article could have been written in 2010 with the same schools, and the facts would remain absolutely the same.,

  1. scott
    December 8, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    The north-south divide is much greater now than six years ago in one very important way: property values. A massive property devaluation has hit south Dekalb. And the homes will never ercover their previous worth. The same cannot be said of north Dekalb, at least not as a whole. Deteriorating schools and declining property values are a dangerous mix.

    • December 13, 2010 at 6:15 pm

      Hopefully these lower property values can spur development. Cheap land can do wonders for an area

  2. Dekalbite
    December 7, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Sorry – typos in previous post. I meant to say:
    “According to the PTA website, their goal for 2010 is $100,000, but they’ve only raised a little over $70,000 so far this year.”

  3. Dekalbite
    December 7, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    “The sad part is that This article could have been written in 2010 with the same schools, and the facts would remain absolutely the same.,”

    Well, not absolutely the same. Vanderlyn’s PTA had the ability to easily raise $133,000+ in 2006. According to the PTA website, their goal is $100,000, but they’ve only raised a little over $70,000 so fr. Just looking at the PTA funding tells me this group of parents have been hit by the recession although I’m willing to bet many of them would not want people to know they can no longer maintain their lifestyle. That’s one reason you see so much resistance to redistricting in Vanderlyn, Fernbank (although with the Emory and CDC jobs, they’ve not been hit quite as hard), Oak Grove, etc. Private school has been taken off the table as an option for many of them so they want their children surrounded by the highest achieving students (see – they read the same articles you do).

  4. Name One
    December 6, 2010 at 11:01 pm


    So many stolen computers and other equipment from our schools. Brand new air conditioning units that cost tens of thousands of dollars. There is no institutional control. We’d be better off splitting the school system into two or three. East DeKalb/West DeKalb. Sounds like a great football rivalry game.

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