February 23, 2012
If we want to get an idea of how the Dougherty County School system will pursue CRCT cheating allegations against the 44 educators whose futures with the system are in limbo, just look north to Atlanta.
In a preview of what we'll likely see happen to the 44 local educators whose fate hangs in limbo, an e-mail obtained by the the Atlanta Journal Constitution was sent to 120 Atlanta Public School educators on administrative leave Tuesday with the subject line "'mandatory meeting."
It instructed educators to attend a meeting at district headquarters today to discuss "employment status" with APS representatives. Not attending the meeting could be deemed an act of insubordination and could result in termination, the letter said.
It's a safe bet that APS Superintendent Erroll Davis will inform the 120 that their contracts, which expire on May 15, will not be renewed - which is tantamount to being fired.
Earlier this week DCSS attorney Tommy Coleman said the system will probably non-renew the contracts of 44 teachers and administrators caught up in the local CRCT scandal. That will trigger automatic hearings and the tribunal process will kick in.
This is going to take some time to resolve, folks, it's going to get political and it won't be cheap. Buckle up.
Speaking of money, here's something to watch in the near future. The DCSS is currently projecting a $9 million shortfall in its 2012-13 budget which has to be into the state by June. Some think the shortfall could be as high as $14 million.
There seems to be but three ways to cover that deficit - teacher furloughs, school consolidations and/or reduction in force.
Considering the DCSS is one of the largest and most well-paying 'jobs program" (more than one local power broker has called it that) in the county, the budget fight will be bloody because there appear to be no fixes that don't involve downsizing the school system