Tony Burks’ magnet presentation last night

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. I’ll give it to GCS Magnet Program director and former principal Tony Burks…he has to be the most snazziest dresser on the GCS payroll.

Nonetheless, he faced the Gang of 11 last night, and updated them on most of the existing magnet programs.

Here’s is the Board memo sent a few days prior.

Here is Attachment #1.

Here is Attachment #2.

Some analysis:

1. Did you notice a pattern…Chairman Alan “pass-the-buck” Duncan applauded the programs Burks mentioned, but questioned why many of them had available space? Burks said it was due to many of these schools being “opt-out” schools, thus stamping these schools as having an unfortunate stigma of “failing schools” attached to them.

We actually don’t have failing schools…we have failing Board members, who in turn, have failed our children by not giving these schools what they need.


The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. 2.  You know who.

Did you happen to catch the brief one minute comment from Deena Hayes during the first part of Burks’ presentation where GCS Board member Deena Hayes complained about the language in the text of the report, where she had trouble with the words “minority” and “non-white” and she preferred using the words “students of color.”

And both Duncan and Supt. Terry Grier struggled to provide an answer to Hayes. Duncan then advised Burks to consider changing the language.

What more can be said about Deena?


The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. 3. In the related-but-unrelated category, don’t forget the next GCS Magnet Fair, coming up on Feb. 9 at the Koury Convention Center from 10-1:30pm. More info on specific magnet programs can be found here.


E.C. 🙂


6 Responses

  1. I’m so sorry I missed Deena’s semantics lesson. So did Miss 1/2 white/1/2 black really tell Mr. Burks how to address African American students? I’m telling you, she’s warped. It’s just like her to worry more about HOW something is said than WHAT is said. …man is November ever going to get here fast enough!!

  2. Believe me, Beth, you didn’t miss much…I mean, it is every meeting now where nothing comes out of her mouth that’s not about race. It’s frightening.

  3. I thought white was a color.

  4. Statman,

    White is the presence of all colors. So, does that mean that Deena’s “students of color” are white?

  5. Hmmm…based on the photo you posted, Mr. Burks appears to be an African-American, er, “person of color.”

    (Looks again) Yep. I’m pretty sure he is. So where does Deena get off telling him what terminology he should use to describe minority students?

    It’s also worth noting that Alan Duncan immediately knuckled under to Deena. As much flak as Deena gets (and deservedly so), Duncan needs to be held accountable for his weak-kneed leadership. He’s been Board Chairman for what – five or six years now? It’s time for a change there, too.

  6. Good point, JS. Duncan’s passing the buck lately shows incredible weakness. I would back either Darlene or Amos or even Nancy Routh for chairman.

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