For the Record - 05/17/2004









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 05/17/2004

May 17, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution article “Teachers’ take-home pay again may shrink,” does not relate that CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks' base salary has remained constant. His new contract which runs July 1, 2004, through June 30, 2006, calls for his base salary to remain at $175,000 and includes a $300-a-month increase for job-related expenditures. The Board amended Mr. Wilbanks' current contract to include the purchase of one year of his accumulated sick leave, which is 246 days. Payment will be made over a period of four years, in four installments.

May 18, 2004
The chart accompanying the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article "Minority groups trail on state graduation test" inaccurately reports that only 2% of Gwinnett's black test-takers passed the science portion of the test. The chart should have indicated that 52% of Gwinnett's black test-takers passed the science portion of the Georgia High School Graduation Test.

May 19, 2004
No corrections or clarifications needed.

May 20, 2004
No corrections or clarifications needed.

May 21, 2004
No corrections or clarifications needed.