Dallemand's Plan Concerns State Educators' Group

11:33 AM, Feb 10, 2012   |    comments
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A statewide group that represents many of Georgia's teachers is raising concerns about Superintendent Romain Dallemand's "Macon Miracle" plan for Bibb County schools.

Tim Callahan, spokesman for the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, says his group will write a letter to the Bibb school board questioning some of the 170 points unveiled by Dallemand last Friday.

Callahan told 13WMAZ's Candace Adorka that the letter would address some of the questions raised by many Bibb teachers. He said those teachers are afraid to speak out on their own because they fear for their jobs.

Among the issues Callahan said they'd include in the letter:

-- Eliminating 300 teacher jobs. He said that would result in bigger class sizes and less instruction;

-- Closing 12 schools;

-- He said PAGE is concerned about the safety of student, faculty and staff, and he said the strategic plan does not deal with discipline issues;

VIEW: PAGE Letter to Dallemand

-- Reorganizing grade levels in Bibb schools. Dallemand proposes dividing schools into three levels: K-4 to third grade; fourth grade to seventh grade; and eighth grade to 12th grade;

-- He noted that the Macon Miracle plan does not address costs;

-- Callahan questioned a plan to teach all students Mandarin Chinese using teachers hired from China when 300 teachers are being let go;

-- He questioned Dallemand's proposal to offer free laptops and Internet access for the underprivileged students;

-- He's also concerned about the proposal to essentially take away the gifted program and allow all students to be in the gifted and AP program;

-- And he said allowing students to "choose" the school they will attend brings up safety issues and the cost of transportation.

The Bibb County Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the plan Friday. They say it will be just a general go-ahead letting Dallemand develop more details on the plan, not a final endorsement.

According to its web site, PAGE represents 82,000 teachers, administrators and support staff statewide.


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