This is such bad news! While our board and system leaders were busy and distracted, millions of dollars went zipping by - un-captured.
Read the latest at the AJC:
DeKalb misses Race to Top deadline; new deadline could have consequences if missed
The DeKalb County school system has to do some hiring – and in a hurry.
School Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson was notified Wednesday that the school system has until Feb. 28 to make 15 hires, mostly teaching coaches to help low-income students struggling with math, science and other subjects.
If the system misses the deadline, Atkinson has been warned, there could escalating consequences. The most extreme: loss of the district’s $34 million, four-year federal Race to the Top grant.
In 2009, DeKalb and 25 other local school districts were collectively awarded $200 million through Race to the Top, an education reform program created by the Obama administration.
In exchange, the school districts had to agree to certain initiatives, such as creating turn-around plans for their lowest-performing schools, and to certain deadlines.
DeKalb school officials agreed to but missed a deadline to have the 15 new hires on board by the start of the current school year last August. Their main jobs involved working with students and parents at four of the county’s most economically and academically challenged schools: Freedom Middle School, McNair Middle School, Towers High School and Clarkston High School.
Read the rest at the link above. Please, I beg of you, complain! People in these schools need to demand more for their children from our leadership.