For the Record - 04/19/2004

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 04/19/2004

April 19, 2004
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution story “Board members plan OK for tight school budget,” refers to proposed FY05 budget for GCPS. To clarify story's statement about central office staffing... the School Board has frozen all vacant central office positions, opting not to fill them at this time.

April 20, 2004
No corrections or clarifications needed.

April 21, 2004
The Gwinnett Daily Post article “Board of Education approves $1.3B tentative budget,” incorrectly cites projected enrollment for 2004–05, using the number for 2005–06.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution story “School board gives budget initial OK,” states that positions are being cut. To clarify, schools will get fewer growth positions, and vacant central office positions have been frozen.

April 22, 2004
Nor corrections or clarifications needed.

April 23, 2004
No corrections or clarifications needed.

April 24, 2004
The Gwinnett Daily Post incorrectly reported the first day of school. Classes begin August 9.

April 25, 2004
No corrections or clarifications needed.