Sunday, May 5, 2013

DeKalb Schools Dual Accreditation Update 

DeKalb Board of Education Resolution  

The DeKalb County BOE vote on a resolution regarding the dual accreditation of all high schools has been moved to Monday, June 3, 2013. The dual accrediting agency, Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC), has offered a number of financial and procedural details that will be beneficial to all high schools county-wide. More time is needed to hammer out these new details. 

The new details result in level equity for all high schools, provides a financial savings to the District, and uses the summer productively to have all individual DeKalb County high schools ready for accreditation approval by GAC in time for its September 8 Board meeting.

While the original BOE agenda date of Monday, May 6 would have worked well for some high schools, a delay to Monday, June 3 ensures these new details will work well for all high schools county-wide.

How can you help? If you haven’t already, communicate with school board members to encourage them to support GAC dual accreditation for all DeKalb County high schools. Every student in DeKalb should be able to graduate from an accredited high school. GAC dual accreditation is a “safety net” back-up at the local schoolhouse in the remote possibility of uncontrollable governance events that may or may not adversely affect the SACS District-wide accreditation status. That said, we all support restoration of full District-wide accreditation with SACS. GAC dual accreditation at the individual high school level will not interfere with the District-level SACS process.

Terry Nall
Dunwoody City Council Member (At Large)

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