A new school board in DeKalb County has a new philosophy on taxpayers paying for doctoral programs for administrators: No.
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Tracking tax dollars
Since Georgia was awarded a $400 million Race to the Top grant, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has been following the money trail. Last year, the newspaper detailed a move by the DeKalb County school district to use some of its grant money to put eight administrators who aspire to central office jobs through a doctoral program at the local campus of Mercer University. The costs were estimated at about $345,000. Then-School Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson said the program would help the district build a bench of qualified leaders. Residents questioned the decision.
Monday night, when a new school board with three new elected members and six others appointed by the governor had to decide whether to pay for the program for a second year, a majority voted it down.