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Date Posted: 10:55:02 06/06/10 Sun
Author: Donald F. Valtman
Subject: Too big to fail -- Part 2:

Evidence clearly indicates that GCPSS uses faulty data to promote lease-purchase deals, SPLOSTs and E-Bonds. As the LARGEST (non-charter) public school system in Georgia, GCPSS pretty much thumbs-its-nose at the GADoE, the Georgia Attorney General and Gwinnett County residents when it comes to (1) ACCURACY IN REPORTS (remember when GCPSS 'inadvertently overlooked' around 44,000 student disciplinary reports?); (2) continues to buy property for new schools in SECRET MEETINGS (despite the fact that the County changed its purchasing procedures immediately following a print media expose); (3) constantly CRIES POOR MOUTH about state funding (yet willingly forfeits $20+ Million in todays' local property taxes betting on a future (20-25 years down-the-road) payoff from County CIDs); and (4) tries to maintain/increase state revenues through lawsuits (even though doing so means a) spending local school tax money -- which it claims is in short supply -- on lawyers, b) does so with no assurance that it can 'win' its case, and c) even if it were to 'win,' eliminates parental choice and lowers the bar for academic education for the thousands of Gwinnett kids who don't want to attend GCPSS schools!

How can reform minded Gwinnett citizens end GCPSS's monopoly in Georgia's education industry -- which it acquired more by sheer size than by leadership abilities?
You can start by sending a message to Gwinnett County's elected politicians that GCPSS needs to be BROKEN-UP into 4 (non-charter) public school districts each consisting of up to 40,000 K-12 students. The advantages of doing so would be:

A. Creates MANAGEABLE public school districts within Gwinnett County; brings public school operations CLOSER TO individual district voters and parents; increases COMPETITION and EFFECTIVENESS of individual public school districts with NO significant increase in annual cost for 4 district superintendents versus one (1) high-salaried GCPSS Superintendent,

B. ELIMINATES a superfluous Gwinnett County Board of Education. A County BoE is no more necessary to providing Gwinnett kids with a quality academic education than is a Federal Department of Education,

C. Reassigns the responsibility for enrollment forecasting, auditing, etc., activities to INDEPENDENT SOURCES! The existing organization whereby such critical activities are in-house functions and report to a single GCPSS Superintendent is the equivalent of assiging a fox to guard the hen house, and

D. DOES AWAY WITH EXISTING DUPLICATIONS OF COMMON SERVICES by making one (1) City employee within each of the 4 public school districts or one County employee responsible for a common activity such as construction, purchasing, security, transportation, etc.

Additional details re: advantages and how each of these revisions could be accomplished will be provided if and as requested.

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