A year of Progress:
Together, we are doing better
for our children and DeKalb.
Just eighteen months ago, we took the first step to reform the DeKalb Board of Education by defeating the District 2 incumbent. Since that election and as I was taking office, much happened in DeKalb. DeKalb was on probation, the Governor removed six previous school board members, the system was running a deficit, litigation and other legals costs were draining the system, and there was a very real and understandable lack of confidence and trust. We moved from crisis to crisis, but the last year has pointed us in a new direction.
The last year has demonstrated that A Better Board
is the first step towards Better Schools.
In the last year since taking office and a new Board in place, we improved our accreditation status, eliminated the deficit, settled the lawsuit that had cost the school system $20 million, restored civility to the Board meetings, and begun the slow process of rebuilding trust. Much remains to be done and we need to get our focus on our primary mission--ensuring that all DeKalb children have the opportunity to obtain a high quality education. Even for those who do not live in the county, DeKalb's position as the third largest school system in Georgia and an integral part of metro Atlanta means that its success is critical to all, and any failure poses a risk to the entire metro area. We are moving forward--we cannot afford to move back.
Help Us Continue to Move Forward.
The incumbent I defeated has chosen to run again. His record and his time on the Board speak for itself--his constant effort to undermine successful schools, while also playing up the tired, divisive issues of last century. I have worked to ensure that all children in DeKalb have the opportunity to receive the highest quality education and the opportunity to realize the highest level of achievement possible while pushing for accountability, innovation and transparency.
We have to gear up quickly since the election is on May 20th, less than three months from now. We will need your help — your time, your voice, your financial support, and your vote. Your support will be deeply appreciated, not just by me, but by all who share our commitment to the highest standards in public education and school system governance.
I hope you will take a few moments to look around the website, and if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Marshall D. Orson