GCPS Board Challenger Raising Funds

Falk, a founding board member of Ivy Prep, lists $2,750 in itemized contributions.

Updated April 5, 11:32 a.m.

The challenger for a Gwinnett County school board position has raised $2,750 in itemized contributions, according to disclosure records.

Jen Falk, a Berkeley Lake resident, lists contributions from people in Duluth and the Atlanta area, as well as out of state residents. This is according to state disclosure records provided by Falk to Suwanee Patch. The disclosures have not been posted electronically by the state.

Falk, a founding board member of Ivy Prep Academy, is seeking the District III seat currently held by Dr. Mary Kay Murphy. Itemized contributions to Murphy's campaign total $1,250, according to state records.

“Raising money for a campaign is new to me," Falk said in a news release. "I’m not a career politician and never thought I would run for office, but the more parents I speak with about education in Gwinnett, the clearer it is that we need a more accountable, engaged representative on the school board. People across the county are contributing their money and time to this campaign because our children and the taxpayers of Gwinnett deserve better.”

District III includes North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge, Duluth and Norcross high schools.

Falk lists a contribution from Mary Finn, a Georgia State University professor ($100 in March).

Falk also has been actively campaigning and soliciting funds on her Facebook page.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported some contributions to Falk's campaign.

Joy Leima April 06, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Jennifer works tirelessly for student's rights. Her efforts to keep children in school and help parents dig through the red tape are two of reasons I will be voting for Jen Falk!. Every parent should familiarize themselves with the movement to stop the pipeline from the schools to prisons. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gwinnett-STOPP/113637029658?sk=info
Annette Rogers April 07, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Education = Teacher + Student. For every child and parent, the teacher is the most important and influential GCPS person. Mr. McClure presented informal statistics at several school board meetings last year about the value of effective teachers and the results of a single year, and consecutive years of ineffective instruction. Today, even our best and brightest teachers feel they are losing effectiveness in the classroom because of the lack of teacher training, increased class size, reduced FTE funding, and other mandates (official and unofficial) passed down from the ISC. Experienced, passionate teachers with flawless records are feeling unsupported as they begin a 4th year in a worsening environment. Jen Falk realizes the importance of teachers and recognizes that they are GCPS to the community. Jen welcomes letters and input from teachers about their concerns and suggestion. Jen can be trusted to confidentially listen, hear, and respond. I'm a Republican that is voting for Jen Falk. It's not about politics, it's about education. Our teachers, children, and communities need her.
Jack Kobaba October 09, 2012 at 03:34 PM
The GCPS System has too long been an "untouchable sacred cow" by the local media. The superintendent has never addressed the media or other critical issues in person, except for his latest stance against the Charter School Amendment, but he sends his publicist Sloan Roach to spin the issues. Many on the school board only rubber stamp everything the superintendent wants and they stay above the political fray. It's been that way for over 40 years here. Most all large organizations have public spokespersons but at least the head guy does step up when it is an important issue. If you want to see what he has to say you have to be privy to attend Chamber of Commerce and other invitation only breakfasts, lunches and dinners. The school board needs members who are willing to challenge the superintendent when necessary and a media that sees that sees that challenging the current superintendent and board can only make our system better. The goal is to better educate all students and to provide for that at the classroom level, not for the benefit who many at the BOE whose main function is to justify their jobs.


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