DeKalb House & Senate Public Hearing
7 pm, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009
Porter Sanford Center
3181 Rainbow Drive
Decatur, Georgia 30034
-It is always important for our state senators and state representatives of the DeKalb Delegation to hear from their constituents. It is also important that they hear our concerns regarding the DeKalb County School System. If you remember a while back, Gwinnett County schools received $40 million from the state for facilities, and DeKalb received a million. Even Clayton Co. schools received millions more than DeKalb. A weird situation when you take into account that the DCSS Director of Internal Affairs Ron Ramsey is also a long-time state senator (Ron has missed most of if not all of the DeKalb Delegation town halls over the past five years).
I want to believe that our state senators and state representatives are aware that when it comes to attracting new businesses to DeKalb, and retaining present businesses, that the school system is one of the most important factors. The DeKalb Delegation hopefully realizes that all of the various scandals over the past year, such as the Pat Pope investigation, the Sembler proposed land buy at N. Druid Hills, Sembler wanting a huge tax break at Brookhaven, Gene Walker on the Development Authority, the Jaheem suicide, the eSIS debacle, etc., along with other longstanding issues such as the bloated, top heavy Central Office, promotions and increased pay for principals now in jobs where they have no prior experience, and the disgraceful conditions of schools such as Cross Keys and Sequoyah, etc., all have an effect when it comes to keeping DeKalb's economy healthy.
So come on out this Thursday and let your voice be heard!