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Ealum appeals to citizens for charter school

ALBANY, Ga. — Dougherty County School Board member Darrel Ealum issued an email Tuesday urging the public to attend today’s DCSS School Board meeting to show support for a proposed Albany College and Career Academy.

In the email, sent from his personal email account, Ealum wrote:

“Tomorrow (Wednesday) the School Board will pass or fail a resolution to bring a College and Career Academy to our county. We urgently need you to stand with us tomorrow (Wednesday).

“Every citizen who desires to see a significant improvement and change in the way we educate our children; and every citizen who desires to build a College and Career Academy in Albany should attend the School Board meeting at 11:30 a.m.

“The Executive Steering Committee has been working for more than a year to build an academy here in Dougherty County. We presented our Charter to the Superintendent and the School Board on 19 June.

“A small group of citizens is putting out false information about the Academy and is trying to kill it.”

Ealum then went on to extoll the virtues of a charter school, which he says will lift the DCSS’s abysmal graduation rate.

“A College and Career Academy will revitalize our school system, will reduce our school dropout rate, will increase our graduation rates, will produce work ready graduates, will bring new businesses to our area, will bring relevancy and innovation to our classrooms, will reduce crime rate, and will renew our communities commitment to our public school system.”

Comments

tocar 1 year, 9 months ago

Mr. Ealum, we are entitled to our opinions just as you are entitled to yours. Our present schools need improvements. So many of the students cannot read and do not have a clue what is going on with other subjects being taught. We need to get back to the basics of existing schools and fix them before we move on to something else. Our current schools are suppose to reduce the dropout rates, produce work ready graduates, and increase our graduations rates. Everyone cannot attend an academy. Let's propose that we work with existing schools before we move on to another area. The Dougherty County Board of Education has more to worry about then a career academy. You have got to get the street walkers in school and these young girls focused on school rather than having babies.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 9 months ago

Take more than that to revitalize the schools, Not just Albany. There is cheating going on all over SW Georgia and checks need to be done. Our children are being robbed as well as the taxpayers. You could privatize the schools and get an education like Deerfield for what is being paid in taxes. Kids would not be wondering the halls at all hours and skipping classes. Clamp down on the places they hide when they skip. We know all the high schools have them. Too many places to go,

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

Mr. Ealum how will this project function differently than the other failed programs of DCSS? Tell us how in simple, clear specifics, how will this Charter School Function and how is there to be a difference in the abysmal functioning of DCSS.

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rock 1 year, 9 months ago

It is my humble opinion that Coach Johnson and Darryl Ealum are one in the same person. Over the decades Ealum was allowed to stay in the Marine Corps he hid behind others and took credit for projects he had not a clue.

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VSU 1 year, 9 months ago

Coach Johnson & Ealum the same person. That's funny! Where is Da Corch? Haven't heard much from my buddy the last couple of days.

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MRKIA 1 year, 9 months ago

SAW DR. MURFREE ON A TV INTERVIEW AND AFTER LISTENING VERY CAREFULLY TO HIS RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS ABOUT PROBLEMS IN THE DCSS I WONDER WHERE EVERYONE'S BRAIN WAS ON THE DAY HE WAS CONSIDERED FOR THE JOB. LOOKS LIKE THE DCSS ADOPTED ASU'S REJECT. STUMBLING, EVASIVE,NON-COMMITTAL. PRODUCE A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW AND YOU WILL FIND THAT THE MAN SAID NOTHING YOU COULD WRAP A THOUGHT AROUND, JUST THE SAME OLD STOCK STATEMENTS HE HAS COMMITTED TO MEMORY. VISUALLY THE MAN DOES NOT INSPIRE CONFIDENCE OR LEADERSHIP WITH HIS POSTURE OR DEMEANOR AND THAT GOOFY-A** BOW-TIE.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

Murfree has developed this Charter School idea for a year and when a couple of his high-powered holy homeez disagree he folds like a soggy napkin. Does Michael Catt approve of Pastor Simmons's radical, racially motivated political activism? Will this affect the flow of money that comes from Sherwood church to Mt. Zion? Or maybe the money has already flowed but we don't deserve the courtesy of telling the truth of the matter. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHXEd5...

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 9 months ago

Crap, I couldnt get the link to work...

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

It appears that the video has been taken down since yesterday afternoon! I wonder who did it??????

Try this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHXEd5...

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skipper 1 year, 9 months ago

Why not take the money for this propose Charter School and use it to amend the problems in the four high schools we have already. Number drop out rates would not be so high if parents are being held accountable for their children attending school. Instead of making it everyone elses problem. I do know that there is a system in place to prosecute parents for their children not attending school. It is just that once again the school system refuse to use it unless they are mad at the parent. Finally, the last time I checked as parents we are responsible for the well being of our children until they are at least 18 and this includes making sure they have a proper education. I am sure this money could be used to improve reading and math programs through out all schools in the county.

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MRKIA 1 year, 9 months ago

SKIPPER'S POST POINTS OUT THE ONE DESCRIPTIVE MISSING FROM THIS ENTIRE EQUATION: PARENTS,PARENTS, PARENTS. THE PARENTS OBLIGATION, THE PARENTS DUTY, THE PARENTS INVOLVEMENT. START A PROGRAM TO HELP PARENTS HELP AND MOVITIVATE THEIR KIDS. THE SCHOOL SYSTEM HAS NEVER BEEN ABLE TO HELP NOT ONE STUDENT THAT DID NOT WANT IT THEMSELVES. IT STARTS AT HOME.

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erudite 1 year, 9 months ago

I second MRKIA. Many of the parents of these kids are also undereducated; if the parents were not only held accountable but also part of the learning, success in motivating to read well, at minimum, may be had.

There have been numerous squawks of the generational patterns of, ironically, both ennui and entitlement. Until there is a generation that learns differently, the e's will persist. If partners can be made instead of adversaries, everyone succeeds.

Charter schools are NOT the answer. As tocar wrote, the tasks championed by the charter schools ARE what the public schools are supposed to be doing. What else is their function? Daycare?

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revolutionnow 1 year, 9 months ago

Both MRKIA and erudite are right, but how long can parents wait for the public schools to get it right ? Charter schools and private schools offer an alternative NOW. If you have a child in a dysfunctional school what other choice do you really have?

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