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

  • 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

    Chief HCM Officer Leo Brown - SENIOR STAFF REASSIGNMENT

    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.

  • 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.