Since 1996, I have worked to reduce bond indebtedness by $200 million; to increase bond ratings from Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s from AA to AAA; to balance the 2012 budget of $1.9 billion; to open debt free forty-six new schools, while not raising your property taxes.
After hearing your concerns, I championed an AUTOMATIC APPEAL PROCESS for the Gateway Tests for 4th and 7th graders so that a single measure DOES NOT determine if a student passes, fails, or is or is not promoted.
In 2012, the average SAT score of Gwinnett County Public Schools exceeded the Georgia average by 52 points and was 13 points above the national average.
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84,000 students in 1996 to more than 163,000 students in 2012, while Gwinnett County Public Schools educated students to a level recognized as among the best in Georgia and in the nation.
We did this while our student and family socio-economic and poverty levels changed sharply. In 2010, Gwinnett County School System was selected as the Best Urban Public School System in the nation by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and received $1 million in college scholarships for more than 50 students in the GCPS Class of 2011.