And not in a good way. The DeKalb County School Board is about to implode their system, and nobody seems to have any idea how to stop the nosedive.
And, after reading that article, that's a nosedive of spectacular fashion.
Reading about this reminds me that New Orleans isn't the only place where this type of system-wide collapse takes place. (Though the Atlanta article does include a word you aren't likely to hear within 100 feet of any New Orleanian discussion on public education: accreditation.)
I'd bet charter-school and school-choice advocates are licking their chops to get after DeKalb. But that just brings me back to my main complaint about charters, school-choice and privatization-of-public-resources in the first place: If we can't fix problems when our tax dollars pay the bills and officials we elect will not do the people's business, why do you think contracting those services out will bring any better response? If something isn't working, why put another layer of unaccountable individuals between ourselves and successful communities?
All this is further proof, to me at least, that we don't have to go all Tea Party and play revolution in order to "take back our country." We don't have to take every decision out of the "government" hands that we, the people, theoretically control. We just have to reengage and reinvest with local and state decision making processes in the dynamic and progress prone ways that have been essential to every forward step this country has taken.
If we don't, the drama of the DeKalb School Board will only continue to plauge us, no matter where we live or what we do.