December 1, 2015

Reminder: ELPC Meeting Tomorrow Night

Final Reminder about this week's ELPC Meeting.

  Opportunity School District (OSD) – A panel of speakers will help the community understand all aspects of OSD and how the vote in November 2016 will impact the entire DeKalb County School District (DCSD).
Location:  DeKalb School of the Arts (at the old Avondale High School near Memorial Drive and 285) 1192 Clarendon Ave., Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Time:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Confirmed Speakers:
  • Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, House District 82
  • Cecily Harsch-Kinnane, Public Education Matters
  • Dr. Morcease Beasley, DCSD Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Learning
  • Sam Rauschenberg, Governor's Office of Student Achievement
  • Angela Palm, Director of Policy and Legislative Services for Georgia School Boards Association
Additional details:
  • Interpreters will be available thanks to our partnership with the DCSD Office of Family Engagement
  • No refreshments will be provided at this meeting
  • About OSD - The OSD impacts more than 44,135 students in 54 struggling DeKalb elementary, middle and high schools.  Even though the schools on the current OSD list aren't in the ELPC footprint, it still impacts all of us.  As the AJC noted, "In November 2016, Georgians will vote on authorizing the takeover district. The constitutional amendment would shift control of low-performing schools to an appointed superintendent, so decisions about how students are taught and how local tax dollars are spent would no longer be solely up to locally elected officials."   In October 2015, DeKalb Schools Superintendent R. Stephen Green announced a new comprehensive academic improvement plan, led by the district’s Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Accountability Task Force, to remove DeKalb Schools from all the lists by having all 54 schools meet acceptable scores on the College & Career Ready Performance Index by 2016.  "The answer to getting our schools off these lists requires a systematic solution,” Green said. “The solution begins with improving classroom instruction and outcomes.”
DCSD SPACES Survey Link:  DeKalb County School District is requesting community input regarding the SPACES initiative by Friday, December 4.    This survey provides the DeKalb community an opportunity to provide input regarding the needs of the school district. These are the same questions that were presented at the community meetings held in late October in each of the five regions. All the data from this survey will be combined with other community input to help shape future E-SPLOST planning.

Visit the ELPC website for details on our 2015-2016 schedule of meetings and recent announcements 

November 24, 2015

Dunwoody Chamblee Parent Council Legislative Update

December DCPC Meeting

Legislative Updates
By: Nancy Jester, Stan Jester, Fran Millar, and Tom Taylor

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 (informal meet-and-greet from 6:30-7:00; presentation from 7:00-9:00)
Location: Dunwoody High School
5035 Vermack Road,
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Who is invited: Parents, teachers, educators, community leaders and family members with an interest the public school system.

This is interactive presentation with opportunities for Q&A throughout.

DCPC Contact: Erika Harris,