Welcome to the Cherokee County School District’s Fact vs. Fiction webpage. In these times of “fake news” circulated on social media and “unofficial” social media groups, this webpage is a place where you can find accurate information in a timely manner. This is an expansion of CCSD’s long-standing commitment to transparency and accountability and a part of our nationally recognized Open CCSD transparency project and webpage. If you have a question for us to consider, you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4/23/21 FICTION: Is the content of this actual email sent to CCSD true? “It has recently come to our attention that Dr. Cecelia Lewis has been hired by the Cherokee County School District as an “administrator on special assignment.” This “special assignment” is implementing DEI and Critical Race Theory to our kids throughout the district. We will not let this happen. We will not stand by and let extreme and dangerous ideology spread to our kids. We respectfully request that this “special assignment” be terminated immediately or it will be met with very strong opposition.”
FACT: CCSD has created an administrator on special assignment position to oversee social and emotion learning (SEL) and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). The person hired for the position begins in July and will be a part of the Office of School Operations and report to the Chief Operations Officer. There are no plans to introduce "critical race theory" – this is a complete fabrication created through rumor mongering on social media. CCSD follows Georgia Performance Standards of Excellence, which determine what lessons students will learn and when, and those standards do not include "critical race theory"; these standards are detailed on our website at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/divisions-curriculum-student-performance-standards-and-curriculum-maps. This new position doesn’t have the authority to independently select or implement curriculum in classrooms. CCSD’s SEL initiative began several years ago in response to rising suicide rates, self-harm and depression among our students. The DEI portion of the role is to assist with related priorities in the Blueprint strategic plan that the School Board adopted in 2019 after community effort involving students, parents, employees and business and community partners. You can read the plan and learn about its background on our website at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/strategic-plan-blueprint.