For the Record - 09/13/2004

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.

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Corrections and Clarifications for the Week of 09/13/2004

September 13, 2004
No corrections or clarifications needed.

September 14, 2004
No corrections or clarifications needed.

September 15, 2004
To clarify the story “Gwinnett Public Schools: Mandatory exams test students’ nerves” in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, high schoolers must pass the HS gateway and the state's graduation test to earn a diploma; however, tests are not all taken in one year/grade level. Additionally, Gwinnett's academic summer school is not mandatory.

September 16, 2004
No corrections or clarifications needed.

September 17, 2004
No corrections or clarifications needed