AJC: Georgia Accrediting Commission Gives Accreditation To All Clayton County Schools - Not The School System
I see it coming folks. The legitimate concerns about the actions of the Clayton County Georiga school board, having watched as I have for more than 14 years are going to be morphed into something new. I predict that this will change into a question of the motivations of The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for revoking the accreditation of this "majority Black school system". For those who take this track - they are only robbing themselves. In denial that there are indeed many fundamental problems with the system.
SACS revoked the accreditation for Clayton County schools. The school system went to GAC for their blessing.
So frequently there is a racial undercurrent invovled in cases like this. SOME of those with local power have the attitude "once Blacks obtain power the WHITE FOLKS will do anything to undercut them. We must stand united against this assault". They don't mention that Dekalb County, City of Atlanta and several other Southern school districts are overwhelmingly Black and yet have not had such punitive actions take out against them by "racist" SACS. Beyond that they will not mention one damned thing about how the antics by the leaders of the schools have negatively impacted the very students that they were supposed to be educating in the first place.
Sadly and too often people who have no business being in power make use of their position and the political situation in general as a weapon in the war that I call "the racial proxy fight". When this happens you can be sure that some scoundrels on either side will run to hide their personal incompetence behind the banner of racial unity when in truth they need to be tossed out of office and allow someone who really has the best interests of the constituents in mind.
If you were living in neighboring Fayette County, after having moved out of Clayton County about 15 years ago at the start of the drama - would you be totally welcoming of - what do some people say? the "urban influence" steadily moving out of the once great Clayton County and now into your community in Fayette now that Clayton has been taken down several notches? You can be sure that they will be called "racists" for raising a single bit of concern.
But what about the Black people who are vocalizing the very same thing about Clayton County? Are we all "sellouts", doing the bidding of our "White sponsors"? The validation of my decision to move to Fayette is shown everyday as I see Black Democrats who have moved to Fayette because they too want what I want. (I am a political independent - though have no problem saying that I am a Black Conservative - unable to allow the "Progressives" that I see get away with the agenda they are seeking to pull over our eyes).
Is it possible that the very "Speak Truth To Power" sentiment that is the foundation of much of their activism is the problem in the first place among these politicians and the people who support them? I assure you that the average Clayton resident wants the very same thing that I want - stable schools where there is more quality education than there is drama in the school yard or on the school board.
Why then don't the voters in Clayton pick candidates who are good educators and administrators rather than "hell raisers" who plan to come in and "fight the power"? They are the power now!!
Where the Clayton board decides to follow the exact guidelines set forth by SACS or conclude that they have a certain agenda - one thing is for sure - SACS have the power to disrupt the course that the Clayton Board chooses to take and thus should be heeded. After recently learning from a friend who is also a school administrator that even the schools in south Florida come under SACS's review and thus they have compliance officers within to make sure the district is in line it appears that the exception is with Clayton, not the actions of SACS.