So. Watched the news tonight? No?
SACS has pulled the accreditation from Clayton County Schools. In the meeting today they told our superintendent that he was handed a 'Herculean task' that was impossible from the beginning. While I'm no huge fan of his or the way he was hired, I do feel for the man: he has spent countless hours trying to meet all nine mandates and then was told it was for nothing.
For the record, according to SACS we only met one of the nine mandates. It's crazy. I could go into more detail here but frankly that's not what most people want to know.
Here's the important part: The teachers I know in this county are some of the most hard-working, dedicated people I've ever met. None of the mandates has one thing to do with the teachers or the students. Ignore what you hear in the press. Yes, Elgart himself said it has affected them and it has, in that they are tired of having to defend themselves and their students. They just want to be left alone to do their jobs. We may lose some students, as high school students leave and take their younger siblings with them. All signed teacher contracts will be honored.
The worst part for us right now is that our house value just bottomed out. We had hoped to move closer to DJ's office in a few years but we will probably have to stay put.
I feel discouraged by SACS' decision. I feel sad for all the people who show up every day and give their all only to be judged as sub-par by... well, everyone.