For the Record - 11/09/2003

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.

View All For The Record Archived

Corrections and Clarifications for the Week of 11/09/2003

November 9, 2003
No need for corrections or clarifications.

November 10, 2003
No need for corrections or clarifications.

November 11, 2003
No need for corrections or clarifications.

November 12, 2003
No need for corrections or clarifications.

November 13, 2003
No need for corrections or clarifications.

November 14, 2003
In the Gwinnett Daily Post article "Schools looking for more funds," The reporter inaccurately states that the Gwinnett Count Board of Education will have to seek a tax hike or private loans to build 30 new schools it expects to need by 2012. The School Board is currently assessing funding options to address the sales tax shortfall that is necesary to fully fund the 2002-07 capital program. The school system opened eight new schools this year and will open 10 new facilities next school year. The lower-than-anticipated sales tax proceeds are of particular concern to school system plans to buy land for future school sites and upgrade technology. The 30 new schools GCPS projects needing by 2012 would be part of the next building program (2007-12) which voters would have to approve.

November 15, 2003
Gwinnett Daily Post article “Gwinnett: Students prepared for new SAT,” incorrectly states that Algebra 2 is standard for 8th graders. In fact, Algebra 1 is the 8th grade course, and Algebra 2 is a 10th grade course.