Does Mark Elgart Protect His Home County Of Fulton? Fulton County, With All Its Mess, Appears To Be The Fair-Haired Child Of The Metro School Systems. I Venture To Guess That If North Fulton Becomes Milton County That South Fulton (Or, Just “Fulton County”) Will Not Be So Blessed By Little Markie Elgart! Ha!
By John R. Alston Trotter, EdD, JD
I see that the DeKalb County School System just had to pay handsomely to SACS to keep its accreditation. SACS is indeed about the money. Wouldn’t it be swell if I could tell a teacher that he or she will lose his or her certificate and won’t be able to teach if he or she doesn’t join MACE? This is in essence what SACS does. SACS threatens and then collects money. Ha!
To use one of my grandmother’s phrases…SACS makes me want to chew tobacco. In other words, SACS is repugnant. It is a self-appointed (with no accountability) private organization that has been enabled by the State to threaten school systems with a loss of accreditation, and then it charges the school systems a heap of money in the process. What a racket, in my opinion.
I guess that ole Mark Elgart & Gang at SACS decided a couple of years ago that SACS could not go way beyond 40 years before it de-frocked at least one school system so that this school system could be held up as an example to scare the hundreds (if not thousands) of other school systems and institutions from which SACS keeps draining money. SACS is a joke. If Mark Elgart & Gang at SACS does not see that Clayton County is in much worse shape under Edmond ($1.4 Million) Heatley, then SACS is more stupid or more blind than I had ever imagined!
Former Clayton County Chair Ericka Davis, former Vice Chair Rod Johnson, and Commission Chair Eldrin Bell just handed the Mark Elgart Gang at SACS a golden opportunity to screw with a metro system (insuring great media coverage), which would in turn scare the daylights out of other school systems. But, look at what has been going on for 11 years in the Atlanta Public Schools under Beverly Hall‘s watch. It has been a disaster, a train wreck. Then, SACS comes in, but not to scrutinize Beverly Hall but attempts to re-place the new majority on the Atlanta School Board which was bringing Beverly Hall in line. I believe that SACS is a handy tool of Atlanta’s business community which apparently likes Hall because she can and does dish out huge business contracts to the business community. The children and teachers be damned, in the apparent view of the Atlanta’s Business Mules.
Look at what has been exposed in DeKalb County in the past year and one-half. Its superintendent, Crawford Lewis, and his top financial deputy, Pat Pope, have been indicted for running a criminal enterprise within the school system. Do you remember us proclaiming that the DeKalb School System was a “gangsta school system” long before these apparent criminal activities hit the regular media? Where is ole Markie Elgart? Little Markie is up there on Mt. Alpharetta pretending to be the Zeus of Southern Schools. Don’t get me started on his benign neglect of the Fulton County School System, his hometown school system. Or, what about the Cobb County School Board which admitted to having 57 illegal school board meetings spanning several years. I just read in the Marietta Daily Journal where this same school board again apparently violated this Open Meetings Law by voting on several administrators in the personnel package and refusing to name their names. Apparently, this was done by intention and design. Which law firm represents this Cobb County Board of Education? Brock, Clay, Calhoun & Rogers, the same firm down in Clayton County. Wow. Can’t this law firm get it together? Do you reckon that Mark Elgart & Gang at SACS doesn’t yank Cobb‘s accreditation because Mark is a professional “buddy” to Glenn Brock? Hmm.