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Heard: Lack of discipline major school problem

Dougherty County School Board write-in candidate Lorenzo Heard is suggesting that the school system look at its successful schools and use them as a model for the rest of the schools in the system. (Sept. 16, 2012)

Dougherty County School Board write-in candidate Lorenzo Heard is suggesting that the school system look at its successful schools and use them as a model for the rest of the schools in the system. (Sept. 16, 2012)

— It’s been an interesting six weeks for Second Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church Pastor Lorenzo Heard.

After Dougherty County School Board at-large incumbent Anita Williams-Brown was ousted by challenger Lane Price in the July 31 Democratic primary, Heard said he felt “compelled” to attempt to enter the race as an independent candidate in November’s general election.

His plans, however were thwarted by the Dougherty Board of Elections, which denied his application for candidacy.

Heard filed suit against the board, then qualified to run as a write-in candidate. As a write-in, his name would not appear on the ballot and a voter who wanted to vote for him would have to write in his name. His case for a spot on the ballot as an independent candidate is scheduled to be heard on Oct. 1 by Superior Court Judge J. Richard Porter III.

“I felt very compelled that our school system, particularly our children, need an advocate who has vision enough to see the changes that need to be made and the courage, and the confidence to make those changes,” Heard said during a Thursday interview. “I have been involved with the Dougherty County School System for a number of years and I think that I can make it better and greater than what it actually is.”

Heard said he understands that the need for change is obvious in a system that is recovering from a state CRCT investigation and getting into Title I expenditure issues while having to answer questions about its free and reduced-cost meal application process.

“I can’t tell you right now what needs to be changed first without getting in for a closer look,” said Heard. “I do know that the system is failing, but that has not just begun. The system has not prepared our kids for the future holistically in the last 19 years. I’ve seen a system that certainly is not all failure. Do I blame the administration for those failures? Absolutely not.

“The children play a part, and the parents and the community also have a share of the responsibility in a school system empowering our kids to be successful. We all have an obligation to make sure the system works.”

Heard said the reality is the Dougherty County School System poses its own unique set of challenges.

“Our challenges may be different than some other places,” he said. “If you have a higher rate of parents without a high school diploma, GED or a college degree, that poses a different challenge that other systems may not have. It is going to take someone who can identify those challenges and can aggressively look at making changes through policy and how to overcome the barriers to why we haven’t been as successful as we could be.”

Heard then pointed out success stories within the school system.

“I don’t want to suggest that we have no success stories in the system,” he said. “We have some winning schools like Lincoln (Elementary Magnet), which has established the needed environment for education. Lincoln has the best and brightest in the system, but they also have discipline and parental involvement.

“We have to figure out how they do it and implement the Lincoln model throughout the school system. We also need to take a closer look at what we’re doing at other successful schools like Lake Park and Robert Cross.”

Heard suggested that all three schools share a common trait — discipline.

“If we look back on the decline of public education in this country, it didn’t start when we removed prayer for our schools. It started when we removed the discipline from our schools,” he said.

Heard said he feels the district needs to focus more on the system’s nearly 16,000 students. Then progress, and healing, can begin.

“The greatest failing of the Dougherty County School System is that our children have not been our greatest focus,” he said. “We spend a lot of time looking at dollars and where dollars are going and who gets them. Now where dollars are spent is important, but I don’t think there has been enough dialog about children and how to help them be successful.

“We need people without titles and all the rest to volunteer, to get involved. All people, the entire community, should want to see our children succeed.”

Comments

Abytaxpayer 1 year, 7 months ago

“I have been involved with the Dougherty County School System for a number of years”

“The system has not prepared our kids for the future” “Do I blame the administration for those failures? Absolutely not.” AND just why is your involvement going to be any better now?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 7 months ago

All's I can say is LMAO. All the way off. Totally OFF. Just laying back there about twelve feet back. Excuse me while I try to go back there and get it and re-attaches it back on.

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RedEric 1 year, 7 months ago

The Bishop Heard is fighting against the conspiracy of lies. We were told a copy was submitted and that was the reason his application was turned down. The Bishop had until the following Monday to pay the fee. It wasn't paid, therefore someone lied. The Bishop turned in a list of supporters, as required, and some were declared fraudulent. A lie. When the Bishops supporters have multiple IDs it is easy to get them mixed up. They just need discipline.

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B4it 1 year, 7 months ago

Oh my! Say it isn't so. We must be having a total conspiracy attack on another potential black School Board candidate. A candidate who waited until the last minute to run. A candidate who did not even deliver the right papers himself, but had someone else drop them off. A candidate where the Church was used to ask for qualifying signatures.

Why would his supporters have multiple IDs? Are these supporters using these IDs to vote multiple times? Inquiring minds want to know, but don't waste too much time because this candidate has already been exposed for his hidden agenda, and it is not for the concern of the students!

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ontario1966 1 year, 7 months ago

What an Idiot!! Heard is!! LMAO

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doingwhatisright 1 year, 7 months ago

You're kidding me right? Heard, you have no idea what is going on. The words you speak are no different than the misinformed who think they know everything about everything. Blaming the students and their parents is an excuse that was commonly used in the past. Educators understand there is no excuse for failure as they plan around a child's home life and their uneducated parents. And by the way, Robert Cross is on a steady decline...look at their CRCT data. At one time the scores across the board ranged consistently between 96-100%, discipline problems were unheard of, teachers' morale was high...I am here to inform you that Administration is the problem. You like others have placed the blame on first -the teachers, second -the lack of discipline, third-the teachers, fourth- the teachers, and now - the student and their uneducated parents. The problem, Mr. Heard, is the DCSS LEADERSHIP.

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tywebb 1 year, 7 months ago

you are sooooo right about RC. I have friends who teach over there. ever since thursby left, it's slowly gone downhill. dr. pringle, although a nice guy, is not a strong enough leader (which is surprising considering he's military). slick willie is a replica of da corch, BVR, bsredneck, etc. There are certain teachers who get everything they want with no regards to the other 30+ teachers there. 4 years ago, there was practically no need for ISS over there, then thursby left, and all he!! has broken out. you have to write up as many whites as you do blacks or you get labeled as having an agenda (even though the percentages are 75% black and 20% white). it's not what it used to be. the students who went to HS at westover USED TO BE able to keep up in the AP and Gifted classes.....NOT anymore! such a shame

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BettyBowTie 1 year, 7 months ago

Discipline? Like when a rowdy student is arrested, then gets bailed out by the school board administrator (Illegally)? Yep that sends a loud and clear message about discipline.

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Moe 1 year, 7 months ago

I agree. It must be that administration that isn't to blame.

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 7 months ago

BOOM SHAKKA LAKKA! Betty, you said it all right there!

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VSU 1 year, 7 months ago

Heard can say all he wants, but it doesn't change the fact that if he was so concerned about the school he could have ran during the initial election. In fact there was not even a mention of him running until Anita William Brown got defeated, then all of a sudden they started scrambling around saying "We can'ts have this, we gots to find a black person to run against that white woman" and Heard drew the shortest straw.

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erudite 1 year, 7 months ago

Guess what? Discipline starts at home with: the discipline to work; the discipline to stay sober; the discipline to learn to read; the discipline to stay in school; the discipline to think about problems instead of giving up; the discipline to not use a gun or violence to solve your problems; the discipline to know where your kids are; the discipline to know who you fathered and the father of your children; the discipline to use birth control; the discipline to be RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR LIFE!

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bigbob 1 year, 7 months ago

The only time he got concerned was when his black insider lost.

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LikeItIs 1 year, 7 months ago

Yes, Discipline is important, but external enforcement of behavior is something which should be less and less necessary as students advance. Development of ethics, morals, and, by extension, SELF-Discipline should be the ultimate goals. I once read that the the definition of Self-Discipline is doing the right thing even when you KNOW someone will never know what you did. Make any sense all you lunch program fraudsters?

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Amazed2 1 year, 7 months ago

FlYea Mr. Heard as I will refer to him cause if previous reports are accurate he only has a business degree from ASU. If so then he is basically a self named preacher he did not study religion/ bible and obtain a degree. Guess it is what it is. As far as being interested in the school children and the DCSS for a long time he must have gotten distracted and totally gotten lost in regards to time. He did not remember to enter the race initially when Dr. Price did months and months ago. Then he did not even think of entering the race as an independent until the very very last day.. He was apparenty unfamiliar with requirement to apply cause his paper work was a mess. Gee if this had been his passion and desire you would think he would have made it more of a priority.

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43cop 1 year, 7 months ago

And have you noticed that Dr. Price did not receive anything close to this much media coverage ? She had to pay for all of her's but Heard will get this until the day that Dr. Price sends him back to his "what-ever". Heard can't even come close to being as qualified as Dr. Price except Dr. Price defeated Williams in the actual race and how a write-in is the best they can do. So be it, we will send him packing too.

BEST OF LUCK DR. PRICE, THE DCSS NEEDS YOU.

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lynn227 1 year, 6 months ago

She gets her share of coverage. She calls a press conference if she breaks a nail. What a camera hound!

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Amazed2 1 year, 7 months ago

Mid-Quarter Election Grades listed below:

Mr. Heard- "D" minus Remarks: Needs improvemenr. Lack of effort. Homework turned in late. Needs to pay attention.

Dr. Price. - "A" ++, Remarks: Great effort, Always on time for class, turns in Homework ontime, Pays close attention to assignments and comprehends instructions well. Eell prepared for class each day.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 7 months ago

Wow....Heard is right.....I hope intelligent people vote for him so he can implement some policy that enforces better discipline in our schools. Our schools are out of control and they will continue to fail as long as there is no discipline in class......

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gotanyfacts 1 year, 7 months ago

Please share his plan with us. No plan is presented in the article. Since you imply that you are on the inside, maybe you can give us some insight. Perhaps you can also help me understand why Heard was not "compelled" to run against Williams-Brown. What knowledge, skill, or insight is lost by replacing W-B with Price and restored with Heard?

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Citizen_A 1 year, 7 months ago

Heard has done nothing but restate what every squawker on the Albany Herald website has been saying for forever. Does that make him any more qualified than us squawkers? Not really....Intelligent people won't need you telling who them vote for.

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doingwhatisright 1 year, 7 months ago

You're right! We need an effective Administration to see it through. Sorry, Heard isn't the man to do it!

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lynn227 1 year, 6 months ago

The biggest discipline problem? When administration (downtown) allows certain schools to dump their behavior problems at another school's door. That is just wrong. If you registered them at your school, you should be required to keep them when their grades and behavior go south.

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tywebb 1 year, 6 months ago

you're talking about robert cross and lincoln? the magnet schools? the schools that you get to CHOOSE to put your kid in? The way those schools were set up was if your child couldn't cut it, they go back to their zoned school. It's nothing new. but that's typical nowadays.......blame the schools and the policies that have been in place instead of blaming the students who act out and keep other students from learning.

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Amazed2 1 year, 7 months ago

DCSS and teacher cant do nothin with um if they havent had some basic training at home. If they are taught or allowed to run wild and holler all the time by de mama a teacher aint got a hope in hell of doing anything with them. Thats what got the CRCT program in trouble. Teachers could not teach them and the pressure was put on the teachers back by administrators and principals and a bunch of wink wink stuff was going on to try to make the kids appear on paper smarter than they are. Sad but true many are below basic reading and comprehension skills needed and parents want to blme the teachers. Some if not all starts at home.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 7 months ago

I laughed out loud when I read the last article quoting this Heard clown. He referred to "my opponent"......HaHaHa. His opponent? That's the funniest D thing I've "Heard" in a long time. How can you have an opponent when you aren't even in the D race? And will NOT become a legitimate candidate in the D race.

Some people are so disconnected from reality that they need to be confined in a padded room for their own protection so the will not hurt self or others. "Reverend Heard" is such a person.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 7 months ago

All said and done, I wonder who wrote this for him?? Does not sound like a speech a man would write.

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