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Squawk of the day - Feb. 1, 2012

"The teachers in Dougherty County had better start standing up to the school board about furlough days. More days next year is unacceptable."

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sld28sld 2 years, 2 months ago

The teachers need to answer for the cheating candelas before they worry about furlough days. Right now the Dougherty County students are being cheated out of a quality education due to the quality of SOME of the teachers, that needs to be the top focus, NOT worrying about furlough days!

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tywebb 2 years, 2 months ago

with all of those furlough days, dcss will have many more teachers and administrators trying to get free lunches for their kids. The thing is.....they might be eligible now!

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 2 months ago

SOME of the teachers is Correct! People Please do not paint all the teachers with the broad brush of cheating. There are far more good teachers in DCSS than there are the low life cheating sorry excuses for a caring Teacher (and not all have been exposed.) The real problem is the poor excuse for a Qualified School Board we have. Leadership begins at the top and with the low standards exhibited by the Board we have to accept low standards like only being the 34th qualifier and cheating low life Teachers….Albany’s children are the ones being cheated out of a Quality Education and they will pay for it for the rest of their lives.

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SweetLou 2 years, 2 months ago

yeah......indeed. Otherwise, where ya gonna get lunch??

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LuLu 2 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, there's alot that's unacceptable about the DCSS, but for some insane reason the majority of Albany voters continue to accept the unacceptable at every election.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 2 months ago

Every year the finance director of the DCSS says the financial situation looks terrible and furloughs are inevitable along with lay-offs. Next year, I understand there is a 9 million dollar deficit and major problems are coming. What happened to the money? Where is the money??? Who screwed up?

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tywebb 2 years, 2 months ago

it's messed up because there's an idiot/bully in charge of the finances. be ready for millage rates to increase.

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Local 2 years, 2 months ago

The good teachers are being treated so unfairly. All they can do is stay focused on their students. They cannot "stand up" because the DCSS Board shoots them down or furloughs them. Or threatens to not renew their contracts. Someone with connections to the Governor's office needs to speak up and have them removed. They are not even suppose to be running the school system. Nor are they qualified to attempt it. Outsiders have no idea what it takes and most are doing a great job with what they have to work with.

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tywebb 2 years, 2 months ago

that's what happens when there's no teachers union.....the teachers don't have a leg to stand on. All they can do is bend over

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 2 months ago

I received a letter from the Governor and here is what he said about him stepping in:

"According to Georgia law, my office may only intervene on issues with local school board members if the school system is placed on the level of accreditation immediately preceding loss of accreditation. I encourage you to contact your school system's accreditation agency for more information. You may find this information through your local board of education."

There is your answer.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 2 months ago

Isn't this system's accreditation at stake?

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Outtahere 2 years, 2 months ago

I feel so bad for the good teachers!! All we ever do is talk about all of the negative things but what about them?? They are not being treated right and this is probably why the cheating began in the first place. (still no excuse to cheat) Anyway, I hope something can be done for them!! You are only as good as your board members!! Gosh, we are in a mess with DCSS!

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lmerie 2 years, 2 months ago

From my email from the state doe a couple months ago: "it is important to understand that our state constitution provides local school boards with the management and control of public schools. For this reason, the Georgia Department of Education has limited authority over the operations of school systems. " Which leaves us to being involved, not only with elections, but with accountability throughout this system. Obviously, too much has been overlooked for years now. There seems to be a deep rooted buddy system (favortism, nepotism, etc), which is made obvious with the level of fear associated with the CRCT issue and with those that knew about the lunch $$ issues (someone said they were told it was in their best interest to leave that alone). There are good teachers, but I think the community is going to have to hold the system to a higher accountability to keep those good teachers where they would want to be and also to help others know when they are crossing a boundary, compromising the school system's integrity, abusing the trust of their co workers and community.

“Never depend upon institutions or government to solve any problem. All social movements are founded by, guided by, motivated and seen through by the passion of individuals. “ margaret mead

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chinaberry25 2 years, 1 month ago

If any of you good folk on this site ever ate a school lunch at DCSS then they ought to pay you to eat the mess. Uck!

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