For the Record - 01/26/2004









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 01/26/2004

January 26, 2004
No need for corrections or clarifications.

January 27, 2004
The Gwinnett Daily Post article “Hard work pays off for spelling champ” provides inaccurate information about the county spelling bee. The article states that there were 75 students in the competition; in fact, 73 students participated. The article also lists Elliot Coor as a finalist, which is incorrect. In addition, the article states the District 3 spelling bee will be held at North Gwinnett High School. The competition will actually be held at Collins Hill High.

January 28, 2004
To clarify the story "Proposed cuts spare county school system" in the Gwinnett Daily Post... Until GCPS receives official allotment sheets from the state, the school system will not know the complete impact of state cuts on the system. GCPS is anticipating the cuts for the coming year, when combined with the cuts from last year, to be higher than indicated in the news story.

January 29, 2004
No need for corrections or clarifications.

January 30, 2004
Several corrections should be noted in the AJC article "New schools expect to be trailer-free". The statement "New schools opening without trailers-- a first in five years" is incorrect. In looking at the new schools that GCPS has opened since 1998, eight of the 15 opened without portables. The story also inaccurately states that of the eight new schools that opened in Aug. 2003 only one campus was without trailers. Two campuses, Peachtree Ridge HS and Sycamore ES, opened without portables.

January 31, 2004
To clarify the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article “Dacula High labeled ‘unsafe’,” the Georgia Department of Education has not made determinations regarding "persistently dangerous schools." The state will release this information later this year, once it collects end-of-year data from school systems.

February 1, 2004
No need for corrections or clarifications.