All county and city schools come under the jurisdiction of the Georgia Department of Education. They oversee the schools in various ways from the state level; while individual counties have their Boards of Education.
Meetings were held yesterday and today July 7 – 8, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. in the State Board Room, 2070 Twin Towers East, Atlanta.
One of the decisions made by the board is that no longer will schools be able to put students in seclusion (or solitary confinement) and limits the use of restraints to contain unruly students.
It also requires that parents be notified if children were put in restraints by teachers or other school personnel. The new rule marks the first time the state has addressed the controversial practices, which can lead to injuries in teachers and students and, in some cases, death.
Their contact information is:
Jacqueline Clarke Dodd
Administrative Assistant to the State Board
2053 Twin Towers East
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30334
Web site: http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/pea_board.aspx
The mission of the State Board of Education as reported on their web site is:
“The Georgia Board of Education with the State Superintendent of Schools will provide the statewide leadership necessary to ensure the opportunity for each public school student to be successful. We will work to create an environment in which local schools and systems are empowered to develop policies and programs that meet the educational needs of their students, that support teachers and that involve parents and communities in the education process.”
After following the links to the main site above you can pull up a bevy of sites for information such as:
This site will take you to information regarding the school rules: http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/pea_board.aspx?PageReq=PEABoardRules
This site will take you to a list of School Board Decisions, i.e. http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/pea_board.aspx?PageReq=PEABoardDecisions&dy=2010
Example of a decision:
“This is an appeal by. (Student) from a decision by the XXXX County Board of
Education to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to suspend him from
regular school until he completes an intervention program at an alternative school after
finding him guilty of possessing a weapon on a school bus. The Student failed to file a
brief or request oral argument. The Student’s appeal, therefore, is deemed to have been
The above two sites are sub-sites on their main website and you can navigate around the site and get to know more about the inner workings of the Georgia School System.