• Petitioned Dekalb County, GA, School Board

This petition was delivered to:

Dekalb County, GA, School Board
Cheryl Atkinson

NO to the Balanced Calendar!

    1. Petition by

      Jan Ferrara

      Decatur, GA

We, the undersigned, ask the Dekalb County School Board to immediately reinstate the original school calendar for 2013-2014 and thereafter.

The so-called "balanced calendar" is nothing but a nightmare for working parents, will do nothing to change test scores, and will cost the cash-strapped school system more money by opening school at the hottest time of the year in Georgia. This was pushed through by the superintendent despite the objections of 60% of respondents to the county-wide survey, simply to suit her personal agenda.

If the school board is so concerned about students forgetting what they've learned too quickly, why not do away with all these pointless furlough days and little breaks throughout the school year (another nightmare for working parents?)

Moreover, the tourist industry in Georgia will suffer further economic damage with families stuck in school througout August instead of enjoying vacation time.

Did the school board even consider the needs of the students? What about high schoolers not being able to attend college summer programs that extend into August? What about the length of time kids in the block schedule can have between math and science classes that don't occur in the same semester? These are only a few considerations that must be addressed.

Please reinstate the original school calendar immediately. Thank you.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Gina Roman TUCKER, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      This makes it very difficult for children to take advantage of learning that takes place away from school such as travel, camps, and actual social time with their peers.

      • about 2 years ago

      The BOE is NOT listening to the parents. They ask for our opinion, we give it, and they ignore it!!!

    • Victoria Seahorn DECATUR, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      My daughter is the most important thing in the world to me and her education means everything!

    • May Abraham DECATUR, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      I believe this will create problems for parents, summer camps, vacations, and increase pollution (buses on the road during high smog time) and expense (cooling schools). The children need concentrated "down time."

    • Daniel Geist DUNWOODY, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      A traditional school calendar promotes consistency in education during the cours

      e of the year and an extended break, allowing greater flexibility for family time. We already have multiple breaks throughout the year. The atitude that breakin

      g up the school year will somehow benefit the students is myopic and not founded

      by actual scientific research. It shows and egocentric attitude among Dekalb Co. School administration due to the overwhelming lack of support for the change among parents (who are ultimately the childrens' first and most important educators).


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