Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Atlanta Schools on Probation

Speaking of Southern Schools, and the problems that they face, Atlanta's squabbling School Board has landed their whole system on probation. One thing they have to do is get a professional mediator to run their meetings and communications.

For those of you in New Orleans who may be wondering "probation from what," it is probation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). That's the organization that accredits a school system. In other places, accreditation is a very big deal. In Jefferson Parish, accreditation is a very big deal. For the Archdiocese of New Orleans, accreditation is a very big deal.

For New Orleans Public Schools? Not so much.

So while I congratulate the Recovery School District for getting one (1) of their schools accredited (Eisenhower), I dare you to ask anyone at the other 87 RSD schools what their plan is.



Dante said...

I'm a little too close to the situation to say too much but Atlanta Public's probation has far more to do with them pissing off the wrong people than the performance of their students. That GBI investigation mentioned in the article happened because of the jump in student test scores, and I personally believe there was no district-assisted cheating involved based on the information I've seen. They just upped their game despite their very real administrative struggles.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Yeah, I know a lot of people in the ATL who figure the investigation is over, but I'm still waiting to hear the results.

Meanwhile, if y'all aren't doing anything with Superintendent Hall after all this is over, I know another southern city that may be in need of her services.