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

    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

  • Make Up Days

    DeKalb Schools Make Up Days

    January 23, 2017 – The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will make up two of its three inclement weather days on Feb. 16 and March 9. A survey will be presented for options on making up the other two days.

  • DeKalb Schools Calendar

    DeKalb Schools 2018 – 2020 Calendar

    January 15, 2018 – Each school year, DeKalb County School District convenes a group of stakeholders to form a committee charged with exploring calendar options. Here are DeKalb Schools calendars over the 2018 – 2020 school years.

  • Dunwoody Black Lives Matter

    Protesting Cheerleaders at DHS – The Whole Story

    December 17, 2017 – A black cheerleader was auto cropped out of a cheerleader squad picture when the photo was auto formatted for printing by an online system. Some students sprung into action blaming the cheerleader squad for an intentional action demonstrating racial bias. A protest for this non-event is planned for tomorrow morning and sanctioned by the school district.

  • DeKalb Schools Calendar

    2018-2020 Calendar Options

    December 15, 2017 – The DeKalb County School District’s Calendar Committee is exploring calendar options to align with other similarly sized districts in close geographic proximity.

  • DeKalb Failing Schools

    Turnaround Eligible Schools Trends DeKalb Schools 2015 – 2018

    November 13, 2017 – The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement calculates an annual Turnaround Eligible Schools list. Within the last couple of years, DeKalb Schools has created a Student Support and Intervention Division. 1 school was added and 10 schools were recently removed from this list.

  • FNN Fake News Network

    DeKalb Schools – Free Speech….For Some?

    November 10, 2017 – DeKalb Schools might have a consistency problem with the First Amendment. We received a phone call from the principal of the middle school this morning informing us that Jaxon was not allowed to wear an FNN-Fake News Network shirt.

  • DeKalb Schools Graduation Rate

    2017 DeKalb Graduation Rates By High School & Demographic

    October 17, 2017 – DeKalb School graduation rate climbed nearly 4 percentage points in 2017 to 74%. The Hispanic population continues to struggle at Chamblee Charter HS (55.9%) and Dunwoody HS (55.4%).

  • Atlanta Annexation Marshall Orson

    Emory Annexation and DeKalb County Schools

    October 16, 2017 – “Emory University and some adjacent entities (e.g. CDC and CHOA) have requested annexation into Atlanta. After initial opposition by the DeKalb County Government, the city and county have reached agreement on selected issues and the county commission voted to support the annexation. What remains as an open issue is what school government (Atlanta or DeKalb) will have jurisdiction in the annexed area.” –Marshall Orson

  • DeKalb Kneeling Students

    Students Kneel During National Anthem

    October 13, 2017 – The girls at Cedar Grove High School in DeKalb County took a knee before their playoff game. “Basically right now, the flag doesn’t’ mean what it’s supposed to, to me.” a student said.

  • DeKalb Sex Ed

    Teaching Sexual Behavior Standards At School

    October 12, 2017 – What is the role of public schools? A controversial sixth-grade homework assignment on sexuality has some parents reevaluating the school district’s curriculum.

  • DeKalb Schools Power Outage Report

    School Recovery Report

    September 13, 2017 – All schools and offices in the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will remain closed on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Employees are not to report to work. 32 remaining schools without power.

  • DeKalb Schools

    Detailed Status Report

    September 12, 2017 – Members of the Operations staff and Public Safety surveyed DeKalb School properties to note issues that might impede school opening.

  • Google Classroom

    Google Classroom Vs VERGE

    September 8, 2017 – Can somebody help me understand why DeKalb Schools is blocking access to Google Classroom? Half a dozen schools in DeKalb adopted it school wide and it was just recently blocked by the school district with no warning.

  • Dan Drake - Cross Keys High School

    Where Is The New Cross Keys HS Going

    September 5, 2017 – Where is the new Cross Keys HS going and how much is it going to cost? Dan Drake is the Executive Director Of Operations for DeKalb Schools. He answers some questions about the current state of the new Cross Keys HS project.

  • Poor Curriculum,

    Poor Curriculum, Assessments and Planning Templates

    August 27, 2017 – Question: Many of the curriculum unit assessments have been thus far poorly written. What is the plan to address that? How do you respond to the open letter to the Board and Superintendent that says the curriculum is chaotic, disorganized, lacking substance, and fails to follow a logical sequence of concepts and skills.

  • Trailers at Cross Keys High School

    Trailers at Cross Keys High School

    August 21, 2017 – The trailers have been placed at Cross Keys for a renovation project. The administration is pursuing a strategy to equally distribute the immigrant population, clustered around the Buford Corridor, to Chamblee, Dunwoody, Lakeside and Cross Keys.

  • DeKalb Principals

    New & Vacant Principals & Assistant Principals

    August 14, 2017 – I asked the administration at DeKalb Schools to provide an updated list of all the new principals and assistant principals across the school district as well as a vacancy report. I know of at least one school with a new AP that isn’t on this list …. sooo, I wouldn’t characterize this data as complete, but for what it’s worth

  • I love DeKalb Schools

    Billboard Marketing Campaign

    July 10, 2017 – Instead of actually improving academic achievement, DeKalb Schools is starting a marketing campaign to “counter mainstream perceptions” of the problems with the school district.

  • Dekalb Schools

    Convocation 2017

    July 7, 2017 – DeKalb Schools can’t balance a budget, but they can find money to rent out the World Congress Center for graduations and the Gwinnett Infinite Energy Arena for a Convocation.

  • Class Size

    DeKalb Class Size Analysis Middle Schools – 2017

    May 2, 2017 – Over the last 4 years DeKalb Schools has added over 1,000 school house employees. Middle school class sizes have gone down and are generally below the state max. This analysis shows the reported average class size for each grade by DeKalb middle school.

  • Class Size

    DeKalb Class Size Analysis Elementary Schools – 2017

    May 1, 2017 – This analysis shows the reported average class size for each grade by elementary school. The average class size for the school (grades K-5) were ranked and ordered from smallest to largest.

  • Game On Capital Campaign

    Game On Capital Campaign - Dunwoody High School

    April 22, 2017 – Game On is a campaign by the Dunwoody High School parent, teacher and student organizations to raise $2 million for capital improvements to the DHS athletic facilities.

  • Trailers

    Portable Classroom Lease vs. Purchase Analysis

    April 19, 2017 – The approximate cost of leasing a single-wide portable classroom ($31,300) would exceed the cost to purchase ($31,251) the same unit in 8.3 years (or 100 months).

  • Peachtree Gateway Council on Schools

    Peachtree Gateway Council on Schools

    March 23, 2017 – PGCS is a new educational group representing “schools throughout Region 1 of the DCSD (Chamblee, Cross Keys, Dunwoody clusters as well as Tapestry, PATH, and Oakcliff Theme School.)” However, controversy seems to follow them.

  • DeKalb E-SPLOST

    DeKalb E-SPLOST V Project Schedule

    March 20, 2017 – On Monday the DeKalb Board of Education will vote on E-SPLOST V project scheduling and associated cash flow sequencing including details of the projects, budgets, and anticipated start and finish dates.

  • Dr. Whitney Ingram DeKalb

    Dr. Whitney Ingram Physicist and Monday’s Inspirational Speaker

    March 17, 2017 – Dr. Whitney Ingram received her undergraduate from the University of Georgia where she also became the first black female to receive her Ph.D. in Physics.

  • Leo Brown DeKalb Schools


    March 1, 2017 – Dr. Leo Brown, Chief Human Capital Management Officer, reassigned. “I want to thank the DeKalb County School District for the support I’ve received as I have faced some recent health challenges,” — Dr. Leo Brown.

  • 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.