For the Record - 04/30/2007

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 04/30/2007

April 30, 2007
“Correction,” GN, J2
Gwinnett public schools will continue to offer technical diplomas in the future. The lower-level core academic courses technical students take will be phased out. A headline on the cover of Wednesday's AJC Gwinnett News incorrectly indicated that technical diplomas would be eliminated.

May 1, 2007
No corrections or clarifications needed.

May 2, 2007
No corrections or clarifications needed.

May 3, 2007
No corrections or clarifications needed.

May 4, 2007
Clarification on the Gwinnett News/AJC story "What You Need to Know About Gwinnett Schools' Budget (or Where $1.7 Billion Goes)". Under "What was left out" the reporter states that "Only one department got all its requests, The Office of Superintendent requested two items and got both." The reporter did not go on to explain that those items were additional funds for legal fees and additional funds for printing and postage of systemwide publications, both of which are required items.