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Parent: Dr. Avossa of Fulton County Schools Off Course

Fulton superintendent of schools criticized for his comments, actions over Fulton Science Academy. Several Sandy Springs students attend FSA. What do you think of the latest news?

 

In a few short months Dr. Avossa has accomplished what no other Superintendent has done nationwide --- 

for the only nationally acclaimed school in his district.

He has denied a charter for the top Math and Science school in Fulton County and one that ranks in the top 5 in the state.

He has belittled the efforts of the parents, students, faculty, and staff saying in public forums including Rotary and Community Meetings that this Nationally Ranked and Award Wining school is not special and in fact is just average and mediocre.

He has refused to participate in mediation that was requested by the State Board of Education, Leading Legislators, and Business Leaders.

He has caused investors to not only question their $19 million investment in the Alpharetta community but also question future investments in the State of Georgia and nationally in education.

He has on numerous occasions through his actions and words told elected officials and representatives of the people of the State of Georgia  that he knows what is best and that they should keep their opinions to themselves.

All because this newly minted Dr. of Education knows better and is smarter than us all

Tom Deeb

Roswell

John Stensland January 22, 2012 at 02:31 AM
And amazingly, he's not even an elected official. Will the czars never end? Didn't we revolt in 1776 because we were sick of Kings telling us what to do?
George P. Burdell January 22, 2012 at 02:50 AM
I think Mr. Avossa and the Fulton County BOE have done the parents of North Fulton County a favor. They have proved again and again that they feel that it is the parents that work for them. They feel (like other bureaucrats) that their personal agendas are all that matter. They have forgotten who they WORK FOR. Mr. Avossa is a paid employee of the citizens of Fulton County. He is a career bureaucrat who actually has never had to "work" for a living. He knows that if he was in private industry for a day he would be fired. I think what is more disturbing is that the seven women on the FCBOE are elected officials (none of which will be re-elected) that have allowed a man who has only been in the county for a few months "tell them what to do" and knowingly go against the wishes of their friends, neighbors, and pleading parents. Everyone now knows that they work for him. I use to respect them, but now since Avossa got there, he has made them look like clowns. Take the FSA situation. Every week Avossa has a new reason for why he didn't renew their charter. Every time FSA, the Georgia Legislation, press, etc. prove his reasoning wrong....he comes up with a new reason. It really is comical...and the seven puppet board members let him do it. Seven long standing members of the Fulton County community made to look like fools by an insecure newcomer. The future of Fulton County schools is not very promising..our children will be "left behind"..but hey..private schools should flourish!
Reason January 23, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Sigh...should Mr. Deeb not mention that he is married to someone on the Board of Fulton Science Academy? It's called full disclosure.
Parent January 23, 2012 at 04:58 AM
The FSA Board members should all resign in shame for using our children as political pawns and engaging the Fulton County Board in a battle they couldn't win. Now, the FSA Board is asking parents to bail them out financially. Shameful and dreadful behavior by the Board members.
George P. Burdell January 23, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Bigger Sigh...should Avossa not mention his real agenda? Should he not disclose that the FSA Board agreed to everything he asked for (regardless that they were in the right), but instead of thinking about the children...he has decided to be vengeful, arrogant, and petty? Should he not disclose that during the entire process he never in good faith discussed this with the FSA Board, but instead bullied them?
George P. Burdell January 23, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Why should the FSA Board resign? Four out of seven members are parents who get paid nothing. They are working hard to make sure their children have a school free from the problems the other middle schools have. Interesting that you say that they engaged in a "battle they couldn't win". Parents standing up to a bureaucrat that makes almost $250,000 a year (Mr. Avossa's salary) for their own children. What is shameful and dreadful behavior is an employee of the county making puppets out of our elected FCBOE members, buuling parents, and constantly lying to the public. I pray that FSA Middle School is there when my child reaches that grade. I applaud these parents on this board for standing up for what is right. the citizens of this state have needed to stand up to the dreadful actions of the district BOE (which Fulton is a prime example) and try to help all of our children get a better education. Political pawns is corrrect.....Avossa sees each of these 500 plus students at FSA Middle as $$$. Filton County Schools "Where Students Come First"......they should add " To Pay My Big Salary".
Another Parent January 25, 2012 at 06:14 AM
Frankly, I am appalled at the blind deference that has been shown to the FSA Board. Among the many parents I have spoken to, there is a silent majority that believe the FSA Board was wrong in not agreeing to a 3 year charter. Many are afraid to voice their opinions for fear of retribution against their children. I too believe that the FSA Board should resign. Frankly, they are a complete embarrassment. They of all people should have recognized that the children should come first, not their own political agendas.
DH January 25, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Really? I attended the last FSA board meeting and didn't come away with any sense that there is such a silent majority. The FSA board *did* agree to a three-year term. The problem was that every time FCSS made a demand, and FSA met it, the demand would change. At some point, you hold the line with the staff and see what your elected representatives are willing to do. The answer turned out to be that the BoE had long since made up their minds. I am a parent in support of the FSA board. The only thing I can fault them for is their optimistic belief that the FCBoE was composed of rational adults who would conduct business accordingly.
A Parent for 3 Years January 25, 2012 at 04:32 PM
To Another Parent: My children has been at FSA Middle for 3 years. I know quite a few of the parents for all 3 grades. I also have a child in the elementary school who I want to attend FSA Middle next year. I am curious about this "silent majority" you mention. The school has had multiple open meetings during the entire process. Hundreds of parents have attended (from both the MS and the ES). I have attended 6 myself during the process. The GB has been outstanding at working on the charter renewal and communicating with the parents. What has been shocking to me is how Dr. Avossa and the FCBOE would release information making the GB Board look unflexible and the GB would post documents showing that Avossa and the FCBOE were flat out lying! It is obvious that you really are not a parent for 3 reasons. 1. Because there is no "silent majority" because over 2/3 of the parents (in BOTH the middle and elementary school) have been extremely vocal in support since the start of this. 2. "fear of retribution against their children".....seriously?...if you have children they obviously go to a FC School (non-charter) where this happens on a regular basis, because this doesn't happen at the FSA schools. 3. The GB agreed to the 3 year charter and Avossa and the FCBOE still denied them....which confirms that they never intended on renewing the charter. So "fake" parents can write all day about this, but actual parents know the truth and will continue to fight for our rights.
Real Parent January 26, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Agree with Another Parent 100%! Read the comments on these sites. Anyone who is speaking up is ridiculed. This network of Turkish schools was news to me and yes, it is unusual that so many businessmen from the same country on the other side of the world would want to set up charter schools here. Businessmen setting up schools, interesting. Makes you think maybe they're expecting some business from the schools. Why not a Board made up of parents and local community leaders only, no need for the founding members after ten years?
Sixth Grade Parent January 26, 2012 at 05:23 AM
Totally agree with Another Parent and Real Parent. Personally, I've come to the conclusion that there is a political (and very subtle religious) motivation in all the Turkish charter schools. They have perfected their approach toward using the charter schools across the country to serve their political agenda, hoping that no one will notice. In regard to "retribution against children", thanks to Another Parent for pointing this out. Children at FSA MS were rewarded with "dress down day" for participating in rallies supporting the 10 year charter. If my child didn't agree with the Board's approach, she got to wear her uniform! It's so sad that there haven't been more voices calling for the Board's resignation. And by the way, a note to A Parent for 3 Years - anyone who has paid attention to the charter fight knows that the 3 year option wasn't agreed to until it was too late. It is time for Fulton County parents to take back their charter school from Ali Ozer and his rubber-stamping board members.
A Parent for 3 Years January 26, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Well for all who have commented and say they are parents, if you really are a parent, then I will respect your opinion based on your perspective. In any situation there will never be a 100% agreement. To Sixth Grade Parent- I agree with you completely that all the kids should have been given a dress down day, not just the kids who attended the rally. That is an excellent and valid point and I plan to express that to the school today. As far as the 3 year charter, FCBOE could accept it today if they want. They are in their legal right to accept it even after they voted down the 10 year charter. So there really is no "too late." I understand your frustration and I also expressed my frustration that they did not agree to it earlier, but FCBOE still should have accepted it when it was agreed to the next day if they really have the interests of the students at heart. If you feel that the Governing Board was in the wrong, then you have to agreee that the FCBOE should have taken the high ground and granted the 3 year charter.
A Parent for 3 Years January 26, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Also, I do have to call bull on your statement about "religious motivation". Again, I will respect your opinion. However, this Turkish, religious, etc. discussion is almost getting comical. My family is Methodist. Our friends at the MS include Jewish, Catholic, Baptist, and Episcopalians. We have all been at the school for 3 years. In fact, some have had multiple children in the school spanning almost the entire 10 years. None of us has seen on any occasion anything "religious". I would be very interested in what you are referring to. I would be happy yo share my email address with you. However, being a bit sarcastic, I assume you must be the one parent who is not coming back to FSA MS next year. Of all the current 6th and 7th graders, only 1 (seriously only 1) application to return has not been submitted. So it appears that 99.97% of the parents feel that FSA MS is right for their children and that it will be in around next year. But again, I respect you opinion. FSA MS is not going to be the right fit for everyone, but the waiting list is longer for next year than it has been for ever in the past.
MarkMunoz February 02, 2012 at 02:06 AM
One of the traits of this "group" that manages over 120 charter schools in the USA is to appear like happy satisfied parents. We just outed the principal's wife on here trashing anyone that had a truthful or opposing remark to make about the school. Bottom line is this school is NOTHING unique - it is the SAME story from state to state. Started by Turkish business men who attended a local university that saw a need for more math and science (Turkey is bottom of international rankings in education) Award winning (contests are owned and sponsored by the layers of Gulen NGOs Turkish Olympiads, Science Olympiads, Math Matters, I-Sweep, Genius, CONSEF Home visits (to size up the home life and loyality prospects) Huge waiting lists. Blah blah and blah. Now they are even telling mistruths about their school in Missouri (Gateway Science Academy) that it too is a "blue Ribbon" school. Some of you parents have not been fooled (congratulations) Some of you parents continue to be puppets as you think your child is getting some kind of stellar education (shame on you) Do your research, you will find that Avossa acted properly in protecting the tax payer's money and our children's futures. http://gulencharterschools.weebly.com/fulton-science-academy-charter-renewal-2011.html
MarkMunoz February 02, 2012 at 02:10 AM
"The one parent" sorry but it is many more that caught on to this "group" and were not blinded by their children getting good grades or the trips to Turkey. How do you think members of community were tipped off? Another trait of this group is to mention religions and act like Mexican, Catholics or even jewish people. How nice of you to respect an opposing view. In Turkey you end up in jail, like the over 100 journalists that dare write about Imam Ordusu. You fool no one. Soon, even the naive parents will wake up. They always do, once they realize they are part of your scheme. Even if the State approves your school as a charter, it will only fund 50% of your school. What are you going to do? Sell it to the Carlyle Group as the other schools in Turkey have?
MarkMunoz February 02, 2012 at 02:11 AM
There are more than 1 that have decided not to come back. Parents are catching on that there is something not quite right with your group. You cannot lie forever. come clean with the American parents as Dr. Joshua Hendrick has suggested.
MarkMunoz June 29, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Or Mr. Deeb's relationship to Gulen holdings in Ratheon and his work in turkic Azerbaijan where the Gulen Movement is trying to gain a foothold on that country's natural resources.

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