Stan Jester

Stan Jester is the DeKalb School Board District 1 representative, a parent, active school volunteer, education blogger and IT professional. He is dedicated to reforms in DeKalb that put the classroom first and protect the taxpayer from wasteful spending.

 

  • DeKalb Schools Calendar

    2016-2017 Calendar

    Each school year, DeKalb County School District convenes a group of stakeholders to form a committee charged with exploring calendar options.

  • DeKalb Schools Calendar

    2017-2018 Calendar

    Aug 7, 2017 – First Day of School
    Oct 5 – 9, 2017 – Fall Break
    Dec 21, 2017 – Jan 2, 2018 – Winter Break
    Feb 16 – 19, 2018 – Feb Break

  • Superintendent Stephen Green

    Teachers Fired For Pro Trump Remarks? Superintendent Green Responds

    February 23, 2017 – Are employees of DeKalb County School District being told not to express themselves on or off campus if their views on immigration line up with those of President Donald Trump?

  • DeKalb AP Exams

    EPIC FAILURE – AP Classes in South DeKalb

    February 21, 2017 – Using tax dollars to pay for Advanced Placement (AP) exams embodies many of the problems I have with the education and testing industrial complex as well as the implementation of political philosophies on both sides of the aisle in Georgia.

  • Day Without Immigrants

    DeKalb’s School Enrollment on the Day Without Immigrants

    February 17, 2017 – Many school districts across the state are reporting high absentee rates yesterday. DeKalb Schools reports the schools that had an absentee rate over 10% yesterday.

  • DeKalb County

    DeKalb Commissioners Not A Fan of the E-SPLOST High School Building Additions

    February 15, 2017 – DeKalb County Commissioners are unanimously asking the DeKalb County School District to build a new high school in Doraville and not add a bunch of classrooms to Lakeside, Dunwoody, and Chamblee Charter

  • Legislation Bill

    Plan B – Legislation For Chronically Failing Schools

    February 13, 2017 – Plan B, otherwise known now as House Bill 338 (HB 338), is being billed as a collaborative effort with the Governor’s office, legislators from both parties, and various interest groups to address these schools.

  • Construction

    Construction Advisory Committee Advice

    February 10, 2017 – Lynn King is a tireless advocate for teachers, families and the community. She offers some thoughts and advice for the upcoming SPLOST V Construction Advisory Committees.

  • Central Office

    Communications and Central Office Expansion

    February 9, 2017 – DeKalb School’s mission is to ensure student success, leading to higher education, work, and lifelong learning. Should the school district provide services that don’t improve academic achievement?

  • Betsy DeVos

    DeKalb Schools Superintendent Statement on Betsy DeVos

    February 7, 2017 – Betsy Devos was confirmed this afternoon as the next Secretary of Education. DeVos and DeKalb schools underline the differences in philosophy in how to fix public education. Any thoughts?

  • Chamblee Charter High School CCHS

    Is 600 More Seats At Chamblee Charter HS A Good Idea?

    January 17, 2017 – Please help me understand why adding 600 seats to Chamblee Charter High School is good for anybody in that community? I suspect that any support is driven by redistricting.

  • Dunwoody High School DHS

    Pros and Cons of adding 600 seats to Dunwoody HS

    January 7, 2017 – Moving forward, I’m trying to understand the support for the building addition at Dunwoody High School. The speculation that some Dunwoody residents would be redistricted out of DHS seems to be the only reason for any continued support of the building additions.

  • Maureen Downey AJC

    The Relationship Between Money and Academic Achievement

    January 4, 2017 – Is there a link between Academic Achievement and Funding? Almost any government program, no matter what its cost in money or personal liberties, can be sold by claiming it is for the children.

  • Stan Jester Board of Education

    Education Turns Into Social Services And Health Care

    January 2, 2017 – With the failure of the Opportunity School District referendum, some state lawmakers expect the issue of how to improve failing schools to move toward providing more services, social and healthcare in particular, as an operational component of school districts.

  • The Seven Rules of Bureaucracy

    The Seven Rules of Bureaucracy

    January 1, 2017 – In recent years people have become aware of the menace of bureaucracy, and they consider bureaucracy not an instrument of democratic government but, on the contrary, the worst enemy of freedom and democracy.

  • Georgia Education

    Tax Credits For Private Schools

    December 29, 2016 – The Future of Tax Credits For Private Schools in Georgia will be heard by the Georgia Supreme Court in January.

  • Georgia Department of Education

    DeKalb 2016 CCRPI Trends

    December 14, 2016 – Last week 2015-16 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores were released. DeKalb’s elementary scores on average dropped precipitously and reflect a decline seen across the state.

  • DeKalb Teachers

    DeKalb – The Worst Paid Teachers Around

    December 13, 2016 – Metropolitan Regional Educational Service Agency (Metro RESA) has conducted a Teacher Salary analysis for the 2016-2017 school year. DeKalb Schools has the worst paid teachers in the Atlanta Metro area.

  • City of Doraville

    Doraville – Where SPLOST Projects Go To Die

    November 26, 2016 – I’m beginning to wonder if Doraville, the only city without a High School, is actually where SPLOST projects go to die. Everything that gets promised, everything that seems rational and logical where Doraville is concerned, just seems to disappear.

  • Frederick Douglass

    Doraville Keeps Losing E-SPLOST V Projects

    November 25, 2016 – “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them” — Frederick Douglass

  • Austin Elementary School

    Austin Elementary - Secondary Schools Study Position

    November 23, 2016 – “We believe that children should attend schools within their own municipalities and priority should be placed on creating a new cluster in the City of Doraville.” — Austin Elementary School Council

  • FAQ

    FAQ – Facility Planning & Feasibility Study

    November 21, 2016 – How will students be moved once these additions are complete? How have city development plans been taken into account? Is the District coordinating with the County and the cities?

  • Redistricted Out of Lakeside HS

    Who’s Getting Redistricted Out of Lakeside HS

    November 16, 2016 – The school district intends to redistrict 250 students currently attending Lakeside HS to the new Brookhaven High School cluster. Oak Grove, Hawthorne and Sagamore make the list.

  • Peachtree Middle Baseball Fields

    Austin Rebuild – Approved by BOE

    October 5, 2016 – On Monday, the DeKalb Schools Board unanimously approved an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) for the purchase, sale and exchange of land with the City of Dunwoody. After everything is said and done, DeKalb Schools will pay the City of Dunwoody $3.6 million.

  • Stan Jester

    DeKalb Board – OSD – Minority Report

    October 3, 2016 – Last month the DeKalb Board of Education passed a resolution to oppose the governor’s Opportunity School District (OSD). The resolution was not unanimous, this is my minority report.

  • North DeKalb Clusters

    FINAL RECOMMENDATION - Secondary Schools Study

    September 28, 2016 – To address over crowding in North DeKalb, the administration recommends adding a lot of seats to Lakeside HS, Dunwoody HS and Chamblee HS. Doraville will not get their own cluster this time.

  • Cross Keys High School

    Cross Keys HS & Sequoyah MS Secondary Schools Study Position

    September 23, 2016 – Here’s a News Flash – Doraville doesn’t want their own cluster. Doraville and the Cross Keys Cluster community want to go to Dunwoody MS/HS, Chamblee MS/HS and what is shaping up to be Brookhaven HS (either rebrand CKHS or build a new one).

  • Facilities Planning

    Evolution of Facility Planning & Feasibility Study Options

    September 14, 2016 – The options coming from the secondary facility planning and feasibility study have evolved from round to round. I asked the school district to help us understand how the options have evolved into what we are looking at now in round 3.

  • Facilities Planning

    Key Takeaways Facilities Study – Round 3 Meetings

    September 12, 2016 – Following the Round 3 public presentation, the audience broke down into small groups and moved into classrooms where they discussed with facilitators the pros & cons of the 3 options.

  • Facilities Planning

    FAQ – Facility Planning & Feasibility Study

    September 11, 2016 – Are there maps available that show which students would be redistricted under each option? Was the impact on common areas or traffic considered? How would the school district pay for these options if either is approved?

  • Standardized Tests

    How to Qualify for Gifted Services

    September 5, 2016 – Lisa Martin is DeKalb Schools’ new Chief Academic and Accountability Officer. Knox Phillips is the Director of Research, Assessments, and Grants at the DeKalb County School District. Lisa Martin and Knox Phillps help us understand “How to Qualify for Gifted Services”.

  • Facilities Planning

    Facilities Planning Online Survey – Current Results

    August 31, 2016 – As of high noon on Tuesday Aug 30, there were almost 1,200 responses to the facilities planning online survey. Here is what people are saying thus far.