First 2007 Update from TAG
Message from the Teachers' Alliance of Gwinnett (TAG)
January 3, 2007
T.A.G. commenced operations January 1st. We began mailing out membership information/applications on December 29th and are halfway through our accumulated list of 102 addresses.
If you would like to request the packet, please send your mailing address via email to email@example.com
or write care of...
Teachers' Alliance of Gwinnett
P. O. Box 1126
Auburn, GA 30011
Teachers, parents, bus drivers, central office employees, small business owners, counselors, media specialists, assistant principals, college professors, community activists, etc. WE NEED AND WANT YOUR SUPPORT.
T.A.G. intends to become a force in returning professional, progressive and common sense leadership to our schools. We are a diverse coalition of concerned citizens utterly disgusted with the direction GCPS has taken in recent years. More importantly, we have many ideas to offer that can effectively fix several of the most severe problems. However, the school system prefers to pursue the status quo and pretend that all is well and that only a few "disgruntled" malcontents are kicking-up the dust. This couldn't be further from the truth.
What the current district leadership conveniently fails to understand or acknowledge is that the collective bunch of "malcontents" very likely consists of the majority of employees in GCPS - especially teachers. We can only guess about the respective numbers of parents and students upset with a leadership that doesn't care about their needs either (despite flowery rhetoric to the contrary).
There's no question that change is coming... only when and to what degree. T.A.G. suggests that the district leadership seriously considers opening an avenue for constructive dialogue rather than the usual tactics of disinformation, character assassination, threats, intimidation, and generally raising the war club.
While the leadership is seemingly preoccupied with which businesses and developers and with which politicians-who-own-businesses to favor with contracts backed by a billion dollars of SPLOST money, the real needs of students and teachers are NOT being met. There are serious concerns among the district's veteran teachers and instructional support staff as to whether students are, in fact, receiving a 'world class' education... or whether the focus has shifted from supporting students and teachers to top officials protecting and enhancing their jobs while consolidating power and control. It's also past time for the district leadership to explain why the present 'Total Quality Management' agenda being inflicted on many GCPS schools (but not yet all)is a better plan than a 'Site-based Management' strategy that allows teachers and parents to determine what's best for their neighborhood or local school.
This district is literally crying out for change. If you don't believe it, simply TALK TO TEACHERS and other school personnel. GCPS has descended into something akin to The Twilight Zone. Our kids deserve something better than the defective 'product' being manufactured by central office bureaucrats, without teacher in-put, under the guise of school improvement and increasing student achievement.
The school board refuses to perform their oversight duties properly. Their mysterious blindness and paralysis may also be connected to the SPLOST factor - too much money + too little accountability = irresponsible behavior.
Only a grassroots movement of concerned citizens will restore balance, order, and common sense to our school leadership. This is that opportunity. Please contact us today!