S. Cobb needs better schools or lower taxes
April 22, 2014 09:16 PM | 1397 views | 4 4 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

I have just read of the new CCRPI test scores and am dismayed to be reminded of how we in the southern part of the county are being shortchanged. Our school taxes are just the same as those in east Cobb, but our schools continue to be substandard. We as parents, and now grandparents, are being forced to send our children and grandchildren to private schools. That is our only option if we seek a quality education in a safe environment.

We are paying for something that the county is not providing. We need lower taxes or better choices.

Wayne Langley

Smyrna

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Sminings Resident
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May 12, 2014
Just received my property assessment notice and nearly choked. We moved closer in for an easier commute. For almost 5k in property taxes, you bet I'd expect to be able to send my kids to the local public school (if I had any). Ask around. It's widely known if you move to Smyrna, you're probably okay with the elementary schools (depending on where you live), but expect to send your kids to private school for grades 6-12. So sad.
wakeupparents
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April 30, 2014
I bet if you put restrictions on a drivers license or other priviledges the students would do better. Plus the parent factor. Parents all over the county do not care about their kids and what they do. They will buy them high priced video games, clothes and shoes, but won't make them earn it through good grades. Weak parental skills. And don't try to say it is because you have to work. Today, everyone needs to have two parents working and if a single parent, does that excuse you from requiring kids to study and work hard? A true cop out if you try to use either of those. Your kids are a reflection of you. If you don't care, they don't care and will follow in your footsteps of underachievement
South Cobb Needs
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April 25, 2014
What South Cobb needs is more involved parents. Students can thrive in the oldest of buildings (provided they are kept clean) with active parents who reinforce that when a child goes to school, they go for one reason - to learn. Spend a day in the oldest school in east cobb and then a day in the newest school in south cobb and you will see the BUILDING is not what is shortchanging the students. Lack of parent and community support for the purpose of schooling is what is sadly leaving our children of south cobb so educationally short changed. The schools in south cobb are far from substandard. I think what you want to say, but might be afraid to say Mr. Langley, is that your community, your neighbors, and your friends, are misguided in their priorities and focus.
School Concerns
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April 23, 2014
Whether Mr. Langley wants to admit or recognize it, schools are a reflection of the communities they serve not the other way around. Yes there are citizens and parents in the South Cobb community concerned that their schools are under performing and that is understandable. However, the easy answer is to blame the schools and the school system and ignore the obvious. Schools excel where the entire Community and parents set and demand high expectations for achievement from their students. The faculties at South Cobb schools are highly trained certified professionals who know how to teach. I would strongly suggest the community and all parents look inward and ask, am I doing my part toward that achievement and success.
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