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Statement from The Society of the White Rose & Teachers' Alliance of Gwinnett (TAG)
December 15, 2006
The TAG thanks that small band of community activists who have been fighting the forces of arrogance and corruption within G.C.P.S. We realize that you are badly outnumbered and outgunned at this point by the 'bullyboys'. Someday, the community at large in Gwinnett County will come to understand that you are owed a tremendous debt of gratitude for the efforts made, on behalf of our kids and public education, to expose the dishonorable and destructive agenda of J.Alvin Wilbanks & Associates.
Nothing that this cartel of profiteers and powerbrokers has control of is even remotely undertaken for the sake of students. They have proven this claim over and over again with their secret deals, cynical disregard for parent concerns, brutal and unprofessional treatment of teachers and staff, and their amateurish and laughable attempts to craft academic excellence - about which they know nothing and could really care less.
The T.A.G. believes that everyone employed by G.C.P.S. must cease being ruled by fear and must stand-up to the autocrats. Everyone must realize that in UNITY there is great STRENGTH. There are thousands and thousands of certified and classified employees working hard to provide top schools for Gwinnett's students. Massive resistance (even passive resistance where necessary) will completely paralyze the ability of the bullyboys to manipulate, intimidate and get their way.
Teachers... you are trained on how to deal with schoolyard bullies. They must be met with overwhelming force to convince them to stop. Then, we can proceed to work on "behavior modification" once the bullies have no other choice except to listen and comply.
The White Rose/TAG continues to organize and mobilize forces for what we hope to be a January 2007
'rollout'. This campaign to save our schools will require patience, persistence, leadership and discipline from all involved in winning back our schools. No individual or personal agendas must cloud the important task-at-hand.
We do not think that storming scheduled school board meetings will be effective as the oligarchy has learned masterfully how to manipulate these meetings and spin the truth to their advantage while creating the appearance that their opponents are bug-eyed radicals harboring unreasonable accusations and demands.
Instead, we believe that the bullyboys - given that they are shielded by political and business interests in the community that profit handsomely from SPLOSH money and influence peddling - can only be defeated through a determined effort by lots of school personnel, concerned parents, and community groups of activists uniting to pursue a disciplined strategy that includes:
1) taking legal action whenever feasible (GCPS almost always loses in court because they fail to respect and follow civil statutes and constitutional mandates)
2) supporting new citizen groups which organize to identify, encourage and fully support candidates with integrity to challenge the incumbent school board members when re-election time rolls around
3) enlisting outside sources of support, including leading professors in prestigious colleges of education in Georgia and beyond; legal aid groups; state and national teacher associations; etc.
4) raising funds and gathering other resources in order to support and sustain a viable organization that will bring fresh ideas and solutions to GCPS leadership in order to give them an opportunity to right previous wrongs and charter a new course for the schools.
The White Rose/TAG will need your help and continuing support to make this effort succeed. We will need members, donations, some materials, some specialized knowledge (such as more attorneys), and teacher-leaders in EVERY public school in Gwinnett.
Please spread the word and be ready to assist in some capacity if you really care about the direction of our schools. We teachers and allied support staff would prefer that Mr. Wilbanks opt to negotiate a solution to the serious problems created by his previous policies and practices... but we assume that he will not view doing so as in his best interest, nor do we think he will realize that it would be in the best interests of all concerned to compromise with a group of professional educators and their supporters - even though they lack the requisite and exclusive dining rights at the 1818 Club atop the Chamber of Commerce building on Sugarloaf Parkway that normally would attract the attention of the Gwinnett Superintendent and C.E.O. of Schools.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE... Thankyou