As I research and study the many wonderfully amazing public schools in this school district, CCSD, I can't help but notice that all schools are not created equal. By that I mean that some of the schools appear to be struggling with reaching higher levels of achievement. Unfortunately, many of those schools are in South Cobb.
I often ask myself, "Is this acceptable for my child/our children and community?" My answer is a resounding NO. There will be those people that will agree with this perspective and those whom will, of course, disagree. However, one can not disavow the data; it speaks for itself. I have heard many opinions why this achievement gap exists from lack of parent involvement to less than stellar teachers to weak leadership at the school and district levels.
Having communicated with students, parents, teachers, administrators, Title I representatives, area superintendents, other district leaders, and board members, I believe there is enough blame to share for why these schools are struggling (or failing). No matter who is responsible, it is for certain the children are the victims in this cruel circle.
I do believe there are successes and good things going on in our schools, but have we as a community set the bar too low by not demanding higher expectations of our schools? Or do we have high expectations but just don't know how to come together to help manifest them within the schools?
Please know that my children/our children here in South Cobb deserve the same high standards and expectations as many of the other schools in the district. Who is ultimately responsible for improving the public schools here in South Cobb? Have the parents, educators, administrators, district leaders and school board failed the children of South Cobb?
Let's start an honest dialogue to get underneath the problems and create real and sustainable solutions.
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