Red Alert: Dogwood Girl is Beyond Angry

So, I have some questions about the magnet program at my kid’s school. I cannot get the Dekalb County director of the program to reply to my emails or phone calls. I cannot get her assistant to reply. I have left multiple messages on the numbers that I can find listed for those folks and the department. I have called the main office to be connected to that department, and the Office of Student Assignments. Evidently, Dekalb County schools are being run by computers. Computers that spit out incorrect schedules for thousands of Dekalb County students.

Luckily, they have humans to make sure that your kids are not wearing flip flops, have a hole in their jeans, or God forbid, have stitching on the pockets of their pants. Because that, that would have to be dealt with by putting the perp into ISS for hours on their first day of sixth grade. Because every young girl, on her first day of middle school, needs to be held up and ridiculed for her clothing.

I am so thankful (and this is NOT sarcasm, promise) that the wonderful folks at my kid’s elementary school are so helpful and really wanted to help me work this problem out. However, they basically told me there was nothing they could do, because THEY can’t get these folks to reply to them either.

So, I am kind of feeling sorry for Dekalb County now, because they are going to be really sick of me. If I have to go down to that office in person and get Pat Copeland to respond to my questions, I will do so.

I just love meeting new people. I think she is really going to dig me.

Wanna get scared about Dekalb County schools? Read this watchdog blog.

Or AJC’s Get Schooled.

Or this Teacher’s advocate blog.


  8 comments for “Red Alert: Dogwood Girl is Beyond Angry

  1. lori
    August 12, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    aw geez. now i’m scared and i haven’t even clicked the links yet. you really ought to have your “meet and greet” w/pat copeland videotaped. i foresee some great youtube or possibly even nightly news material here … good luck!! :o)

  2. August 12, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Don’t be scared. I am too tired to be effective at this point. I didn’t have to go down there, because they finally called when I reported their lack of response to Internal Affairs.

    I will explain the whole sordid story later. Basically, there are some folks working for Dekalb Co. who have misled, lied, and If I’m correct in my assumptions, manipulated data to save themselves from doing any real work, or fixing their own screw-ups. However, if i push the issue, someone completely innocent’s job is at stake.

    Totally messed up situation. But, in the big picture, it is not that big a deal. Our kids educations are not on the line. It is just that I HATE with all my heart to see the bad guy get off scot-free. I am really angry, because I so badly want to take these worthless employees down, especially after the way one of them spoke to me today.

    Seems she didn’t like it when I complained that her dept wasn’t replying to my emails, copied the superintendent on emails, sent a message to their Customer Service comments line, and called Employee Discipline dept.

    She was ultra-polite, very detailed in her dealings with me (in a CYA kind of way) and extremely condescending, as if explaining how the program works to my three-year-old.

  3. August 12, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Oh, did I mention that the elementary folks were stellar and v. helpful? I am getting the idea that administrators at the county level are the problem with our education system, not the local folks.

  4. lori
    August 14, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    well snap! you go girl! i would agree – i would also bet it’s the co. admins who are the problem. you know my main concern at this point is the pitiful state of the middle schools. i want to do something proactive about that now so that hopefully in 10 years when we get there things will be different. i take a poll of everyone i meet w/ kids at HMS to see what they think of it. when we get this board up, i’m going to start mobilizing. i don’t know exactly what that’ll mean – but i’m gonna do it! :o)

  5. August 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I’m with ya. Let’s talk this week, okay?

  6. September 9, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

  7. September 10, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Thanks, sandra!

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