For the Record - 11/16/2003









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 11/16/2003

November 16, 2003
No need for corrections or clarifications.

November 17, 2003
No need for corrections or clarifications.

November 18, 2003
No need for corrections or clarifications.

November 19, 2003
No need for corrections or clarifications.

November 20, 2003
In the "Town Crier" column, the reference to the “T-shirt Drain: Mystery teacher tracked down” incorrectly notes 19 middle schools in Gwinnett. GCPS has 16 middle schools.

November 21, 2003
No need for corrections or clarifications.

November 22, 2003
The metro Atlanta news media ran stories providing updates from the Georgia Department of Education regarding schools' status based on appeals filed with the state. However, different reporters took different approaches to the topic. Atlanta Journal-Constitution Reporter Mary MacDonald included in her story appeals information for Title I and non-Title I schools. Dana Tofig of the AJC only reported information on Title I schools. And, Jaime Sarrio of the Gwinnett Daily Post focused on the appeals for non-Title schools. Of the nine appeals filed by Gwinnett schools, six were successful.

Gwinnett County Public Schools AYP Appeals 2002-2003

School Name
Title/Non-Title
Reason for Appeal
Appeal Granted
Impact of Appeal
Beaver Ridge Elementary
Title
Participation Rate for Hispanic Students
N
Must continue to offer Choice
Harris Elementary
Title
Participation Rate for Hispanic Students
Y
School is in good standing
Kanoheda Elementary
Title
Participation Rate for LEP students and Hispanic Students
Y
School is in good standing
Nesbit Elementary
Title
Participation Rate for LEP students
Y
School not required to offer SES, but must continue to offer Choice
Simonton Elementary
Title
Participation Rate for Students with Disabilities
Y
School not required to offer SES, but must continue to offer Choice
Five Forks Middle School
Non-Title
AMO for Students with Disabilities
N
N/A
Magill Elementary
Non-Title
Participation Rate for Black Students
Y
School AYP Status changed
McKendree Elementary
Non-Title
Participation Rate for Students with Disabilities
N
N/A
Grayson High School
Non-Title
Participation Rate for Black Students
Y
School AYP Status changed