For the Record - 02/23/2004

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.

View All For The Record Archived

Corrections and Clarifications for the Week of 02/23/2004

February 23, 2004
No need for corrections or clarifications.

February 24, 2004
In Gwinnett Daily Post story “15 diagnosed with tuberculosis, Health officials testing students for respiratory disease.” Headline and story contain inaccuracies. Six Lilburn MS students had a positive TB skin test but have not been diagnosed with the disease, nor are they considered contagious. Chest x-rays have been scheduled for these students. Only the two students with active TB are out of school. Eight of the 15 noted in the headline are members of the student’s family--not students. Some but not all of the family members have active TB, while others show exposure but have not been diagnosed with an active contagious case of TB.

The Gwinnett Extra story “Nearly 200 more will get TB test, Pupils at second school join list” also includes an inaccurate statement from the Health Dept. The six students exposed to TB, but not considered contagious, are not out of school, as stated.

The Gwinnett Daily Post story "Chambliss, Cox address ‘No Child Left Behind’ program,” incorrectly states that all Gwinnett high schools did not make AYP. In fact, Grayson HS did make AYP.

February 25, 2004
No need for corrections or clarifications.

February 26, 2004
The Gwinnett Extra article "TB tests at 2 schools go smoothly,” mistakenly notes that the two children with active TB are siblings. While they are relatives, the two students are not siblings.

February 27, 2004
No need for corrections or clarifications.

February 28, 2004
No need for corrections or clarifications.

February 29, 2004
No need for corrections or clarifications.