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Date Posted: 23:23:00 06/15/10 Tue
Author: Donald F. Valtman
Subject: Too big to fail -- Part 3:

Some reasons why academic performance in a mega-size (non-charter) public school system like GCPSS has started to and will continue to decline:

A preponderance of new GCPSS new K-12 students will come from lower socioeconomic status groups as a result of:

a) Gwinnett County leading the Metro Atlanta Area in residential foreclosures. It's a given that the vast majority of these foreclosures will be bought and/or rented to lower socioeconomic status groups whose kids will attend GCPSS schools and influence its social offerings and curriculum,

b) as different Gwinnett County homebuilders acquire lots at fire-sale cost and build new homes in heretofore stalled developments, they are building smaller homes with lower price tags. Again, the increased availability and reduced prices of these smaller homes will attract lower socioeconomic status home buyers to locate throughout the County and whose kids will attend GCPSS schools and influence its social offerings and curriculum,

c) this influx of lower socioeconomic status groups will necessitate GCPSS tailoring its offerings and curriculum more heavily toward Free & Reduced Price Meals, ESOL courses and similar programs to comply with the goals and objectives of state/federal programs to obtain associated funding, which will cause

d) higher socioeconomic status groups -- who value academic achievement and recognize the adverse effects such a GCPSS curriculum shift would have on their kids' academic education -- to leave Gwinnett County or enroll their kids in charter/private schools. GCPSS no longer will be an asset to the Gwinnett CoC or the local real estate industry in attracting clean. high-wage, high-technology, high-paying jobs or adding $20,000 to the price of a house in the Simpson Elementary School district. (See the 05/25/03 AJ/C Gwinnett article entitled CURRICULUM FOR GROWTH for details)

So how can smaller GCPSS (non-charter) public school districts make a positive difference? Coming in Too big to fail -- Part 4.

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