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Friday, 08 July 2011


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Jessica B. Hughes

I don't see why everyone is treating consolidation like it's the end of the world as we know it.

Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange

The problem is it wouldn't be the beginning of anything useful, and meanwhile it's absorbing a huge amount of effort that could be going into something productive. As for what a lot of people think it would end, see the CUEE topic in this blog. -jsq

Karen Noll

To date CUEE has lead the discussion and they have no role in making the solutions happen if consolidation should go through. CUEE consists of folks very minimally involved in the city schools at this time. Why is this group so 'interested in Valdosta City Schools'? Until this issue is clarified CUEE's motives will forever be questioned.
At the same time, if this issue is on the ballot we (parents, teachers, BOEs...)must begin the true discussion of facts and become informed on the issue that we may be called to vote on in November. So, here we are.

CUEE has spent thousands (more than 100 grand) to get this on the ballot:
Presumably, the goal was to provided a better educated work force (to attract business):
1) Valdosta enjoys a very high ranking in Forbes list of locations attractive to business, so what's the big fuss about the city schools?,
2) CUEE's 100 grand would be better spent on creating a high school focusing on a vocational-technical education.
3) Studies reveal that consolidation at the elementary level is not a cost saver but at the high school level it can be. Consolidating at the high school level could allow the districts to pool resources to serve the students and families better.
Finally,creating a vocationally trained work force ready for Wiregrass Technical would provide an excellent workforce to attract business and be a valid way to spend their thousands to consolidate the HIGH SCHOOLS.
Since CUEE started the discussion, as soon as they are able to come clean on their motives. They can take down the billboards and clear off! The voting city residents has a job to do; decide what is best for our students and our community!!

Jessica B. Hughes

As a city voter, I don't see how consolidation is bad. Based on the comments on the VDT site, the only real arguments against it are race and football. Maybe I need more information, but as it stands, I'm for it.

Jessica B. Hughes

Georgia is near rock bottom in education, even with Atlanta teachers in the midst of a huge cheating scandal. Neither one of our school systems has really done anything other than segregate, as far as I can tell.

Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange

Seems to me the people promoting a major reorganization of two school systems should be the ones making the arguments.
And the real arguments for it are...? -jsq

Jessica B. Hughes

Honestly, I have read a lot about saving money, increasing standards, that sort of thing, but I honestly don't know if that is really true. All of the shouting about race and football and the Chamber of Commerce has really colored my perspective, I think. I'm super tired of people shouting and becoming hysterical - across the political board. Whatever happened to calm, sensible, dialogue and debate? Instead of hearing the school boards and CUEE try to drown each other out, I'd really be interested in hearing what the teachers within the school systems think, and if they feel like consolidation would be beneficial.

Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange

Consolidation won't save money and won't improve education: CUEE's own report on the Chamber's web says it won't, and CUEE's own expert from Chattanooga says if you're for it because you think it will save money, don't vote for it.
I don't know what shouting you're referring to; if you mean rant and rave, that's always shouting, thus the name.
Here is a calm, sensible, dialog about CUEE at the Lowndes County Democratic Party meeting of 2 May 2011:
The school boards have mostly been deafeningly silent. If you know of any substantive posts by either school board on this issue, please let me know, I'd like to post them.
You may wonder why CUEE doesn't have teachers on its own board, and the only school board members I've seen involved in this debate are two Valdosta ones who appeared at the Friends of Valdosta City Schools PR event.
I'd be interested in your opinion after you watch the 2 May 2011 debate.

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