For the Record - 07/05/2004

For the Record... Response to News Media Coverage of Gwinnett County Public Schools

In today's news media, the lines between legitimate news, editorial opinion, and "infotainment" can become blurred. Add to that tight deadlines and a rush to "get the story" and the result may be news coverage that is less accurate, balanced, and fair than it could be-- and should be.

Unfortunately, when erroneous or misleading stories appear in the news media, there are limited ways to counter the incorrect or incomplete information. In addition to asking the news media for a correction, many organizations are devising their own means for providing audiences with additional information and advising them of details not found in news media stories. That is why Gwinnett County Public Schools has set up "For the Record..." This space will be used to correct or clarify media stories about the school system, provide a context when one is lacking, point out errors in fact and editorializing, and also applaud news stories that are especially well done.

For the Record... will be updated daily and indexed by week, so you are encouraged to check the site regularly. Call the Department of Communication & Media Relations at 678-301-6020 with questions or comments.

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Corrections and Clarifications for the Week of 07/05/2004

July 5, 2004
No corrections or clarifications needed.

July 6, 2004
The Atlanta Journal-Constitutionstory "School safety reports omit many crimes, Georgia districts fail to include thousands of incidents" inaccurately states that Dacula High School is the only "confirmed" entry on Georgia's list of persistently dangerous schools. The state has not issued a list yet and is not expected to do so until later in July. Story also claims that throughout the state, school systems' reports did not include incidents that should have been reported. The report submitted for Gwinnett County Public Schools, as far as is humanly possible, is complete and accurate, despite the short reporting timeline given to school systems and the changing guidelines from the state. GCPS made every attempt to make sure the school system did not ‘underreport,’ and submitted any offense that came close to meeting the state's criteria.

July 7, 2004
The Gwinnett Daily Poststory “Meaning of crimes debated as dangerous schools list nears” notes Dacula High School. See above.

July 8, 2004
No corrections or clarifications needed.

July 9, 2004
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution article “11 educators will lose state licenses; They purchased degrees on Internet” incorrectly states six former teachers repaid GCPS $30,000. In fact the amount was $25,052.43.