For the Record - 12/14/2003

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 12/14/2003

December 14, 2003
No corrections or clarifications needed.

December 15, 2003
No corrections or clarifications needed.

December 16, 2003
To clarify the Atlanta Journal-Constitution story “Glitch overstated school dropout rate,” GCPS' dropout rate increased from 4.3% in 2001-02 to 6.1% last year. The story quotes Dr. Cindy Loe, associate superintendent for Organizational Advancement.

The Gwinnett Daily Post story "Local taxpayers make up for education cuts" included several points for correction or clarification. The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report does reflect the school system's financial situation as of June 30, 2003. The story inaccurately states that "Transportation costs strained the system in 2003. They increased $148.6 million or 15.6 percent." The $148.6 million figure reflects the total increase of expenses in the total budget, including the General and Capital funds. The school system's Transportation budget in 2002 was $42.4 million and rose to $46.9 million in 2003, a difference of $4.5 million. It also should be noted that the school system does not directly receive money from the refinancing of homes, additional funds come to the school system via taxes associated with the refinancing.

December 17, 2003
No corrections or clarifications needed.

December 18, 2003
No corrections or clarifications needed.