For the Record - 10/19/2003

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 10/19/2003

October 19, 2003
The Gwinnett Daily Post did a story and an editorial addressing fees associated with the retrieval of public information through open records requests. The story and editorial report that the school system provided the newspaper with an estimated cost of $600 to provide extensive information about the school system's legal fees and that the newspaper refined its request and received a less expensive tab of $64.85. What neither the editorial nor the story report is that GCPS offered the newspaper a summary outlining its legal fees free-of-charge. The newspaper declined this free summary, opting to narrow the parameters of its original request. This subsequent report, more detailed than the summary, required the involvement of the school system's attorney to remove any legally protected information. Even though GCPS paid its attorney to complete this task, the newspaper was charged at the hourly pay rate of the lowest paid full-time employee in the Chief of Staff's office, his secretary.

October 20, 2003
No need for corrections or clarifications.

October 21, 2003
No need for corrections or clarifications.

October 22, 2003
In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution story "Growth revision is urged, crowded schools could stop builders" a parent is incorrectly identified as being a member of the McCollum Middle School Parent Teacher Association. GCPS does not have a McCollum Middle School.

October 23, 2003
No need for corrections or clarifications.

October 24, 2003
No need for corrections or clarifications.

October 25, 2003
A Gwinnett Daily Post article, “Dacula High may install video cameras,”misstates the Georgia definition of “persistently dangerous” school.