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Fulton County Schools Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
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  1.  

    It was uniquely challenging.

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Fulton County Schools full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The students were in great need of guidance and they seem to always welcome it.

    Cons

    The lack of funds to meet special projects that the students needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more consultants for grantwriting.

  2.  

    Teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fulton County Schools full-time

    Pros

    Reasonable salary
    Benefits
    Great coworkers
    Smooth on boarding process

    Cons

    Tough demographic depending on the school
    Work life balance terrible
    Stay later than most schools
    Leadership
    Negative culture shift

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    My experience has been good and bad.

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    Former Employee - Middle School Teacher in Fairburn, GA
    Former Employee - Middle School Teacher in Fairburn, GA

    I worked at Fulton County Schools full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    One of the best reasons to work here is the money.

    Cons

    In my area there was no strong school discipline. Students controlled all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire leadership who are to stand up against the status quo.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Some thoughts to ponder, before you sign that contract!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Fulton County Schools

    Pros

    Excellent materials and resources are provided for classroom instruction. Numerous opportunities for professional advancement and growth. Off campus leadership visits the schools often.

    Cons

    There is no reprieve for teachers to have problems with their principals. The district does have a grievance process for employees who have a problem or concern with an immediate supervisor. But it just boomerangs right back to the person who filed it, hopefully if you decide to work for this district you will not find yourself in an environment to have to consider this action because it will only make things worse for you. The surveys at the end of the year are not anonymous so if your opinion of your immediate supervisor is less than favorable then don't voice your opinion there, voice it by leaving and going to another campus or district and writing to the school board. Also keep in mind the teachers association gets their dues drafted out of teachers paycheck by the district, so one has to wonder if they really work for teachers or for the district. So I would not count on them to come to my defense if needed. It seems as if a noose is being wrapped around teacher's necks and they don't even know it. The knot is tightening as we speak. And no doubt in my mind the TKES evaluation instrument is nothing more than busywork to keep teachers time wrapped up and to divert their attention from developing policies that adversely affect their jobs and undermine a teacher's professionalism. Wake Up teachers!!!!!

    Students don't come first anymore, administrators do. Just as the person who mentioned the level of un-professionalism she had to endure at a school in East Point. I just happened to stumble upon this website and started reading the reviews and I was almost certain I knew exactly what school she was referring to.. especially when she made reference to the actions of the two female Principal and Assistant Principal. Sounds exactly like the reputation Brookview Elementary school in East Point. The children of that school or any school with that type of climate really suffer emotionally and academically when there is high teacher turnover and teacher morale is low. Most children in that community already come from unstable home environments and the school is the most transient in the county, and they deserve to have a stable community of teachers who have energy to support their high level of emotional needs. Most of whom their teachers are like second parents to them. Instead a teachers energy is utilized defending themselves from their administration in order to keep their jobs, who search for a reason to have an issue with you. There is no outcry because of little parent support and an unspoken sentiment of no concern for students on the south Fulton side. Obviously, that type of workplace is allowed with the districts permission. But something needs to change and can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teachers are tired of being the "whipping boy" for every ailment in education. When teachers fail administration has failed. Regarding the probationary period for new teachers, in my humble opinion everyone should have a probationary period whether it be 90 days or two years, from teachers to the superintendent. Whatever amount of time is needed to prove that individual is effective in their position. It was stated by the "talent department" that this was put in to policy because potentially an ineffective teacher who may be departmentalized could affect around 200 students per day. If you do the math of 30 students per course for 5 periods. So my thinking is that is definitely true but also that an ineffective principal affects at least 400 hundred to over a thousand daily, because they affect the learning environment for teachers and therefore the students as well. Some administrators hold teachers to standards they can't even hold themselves to. There are ineffective people in every level in a hierarchy. By all means please continue to be diligent about a teacher's quality but also about yourselves as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    False expectations placed upon teachers.

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    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Fulton County Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people in some positions. Of course the kids are a joy to teach and you are impacting the life of a child. You can't argue with the extrinsic rewards that go along with teaching. The work is so challenging during the year, so you appreciate the breaks from school.

    Cons

    District changes the expectations at the drop of a dime. They have no clue as to what goes on at the actual school level. Its VERY political within some schools. You better hope that the principal likes you! The evaluations are so subjective that it's ridiculous. If the evaluator does not care for you, your evaluation will reflect it! BEWARE!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let teachers get back to TEACHING and not jumping through hoops to prove themselves. Increase teacher pay if you want to retain new talent. Make observations LESS subjective! Principals have too much power!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Hamilton E. Holmes Very unorganized, poor financial management.

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    Former Employee - Custodian in East Point, GA
    Former Employee - Custodian in East Point, GA

    I worked at Fulton County Schools part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Helping the kids reach there goals and in my case providing a clean school for them every day:)

    Cons

    Could not complete job every day because they did not have proper equipment because of the custodial budget was cut from 20k 2013 to 5k 2014-2015 school term. Pay was horrible for someone in with 18years of experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop passing the buck and take ownership for your job whether right wrong or indifferent.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Challenging Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fulton County Schools full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people in some positions. Pay is reasonable but not the highest in the area. Some schools are excellent workplaces with students. Others not as much.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is difficult. Culture has been made more negative over time. Focus on early career individuals in positions. Lots of change in principals and school leadership positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Professional environment; caring staff members.

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    Former Employee - Paraprofessional in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Paraprofessional in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at Fulton County Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Support of community; joy of working with students and helping them to excel

    Cons

    Stress of deadlines and paperwork placed upon teachers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to cheer for the success of everyone in the school community.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    I love the days off.

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    Current Employee - Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Specialist in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Fulton County Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    With Fulton County Schools you get to have a lot of days off including spring breaks to spend time with your family.

    Cons

    The administrative office will be moving to Sandy Springs 2015. Traffic woes.

    Recommends
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    No Loyalty to Employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fulton County Schools full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good schools, opportunities for advancement (if you drink their current Koolaid)

    Cons

    Good employees are entirely dispensable; long service and success is not really valued; current leaders seem to think "rattle-the-cage" leadership means getting rid of anyone who supports teachers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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