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Thursday, August 18, 2005

BHAGs for Atlanta

Chip Sweney also passed on to me the BIG HAIRY AUDACIOUS GOALS for the church / school collaboration in NE Atlanta...

Existing Situation – 2005
  • Georgia has the second highest high school dropout rate in the country
    Over 40% of Georgia’s students left school without graduating (national average drop out rate is 28%)
    Only 32% of Georgia’s students who enter 9th grade are likely to graduate from high school four years later and enroll in college within a year.
  • The economic impact of high school non completion in Georgia is $17.6 billion.
    Public Schools have major challenges because of the tremendous growth in non English speaking families.
    Gwinnett County has one of the fastest growing limited English proficiency populations in the United States
    800% increase in Hispanic residents in Gwinnett (from 1990 – 2000) – nationwide increase was 58%
    60% of Hispanic and Asian populations in Gwinnett report they speak English “less than very well”
  • 1 in 5 families, in the Gwinnett County School System, speak a language other than English at home.

BHAG Goals/Vision

The approximately 150 schools in NE Atlanta represent over 200,000 families – What if ……..

within 2 years (2007) every school in NE Atlanta was “adopted” by at least one church and many schools had people from more than one church working together
within 3 years (2008) as Unite spreads across the metro area every school in metro Atlanta was “adopted” by at least one church
within 5 years (2010) every school in Georgia was “adopted” by at least one church and Georgia was ranked in the top 10 of graduation rates instead of number 49.

What if in 5 years, we had 5 times as many of our people equipped with a biblical world and life view as teachers, principals, school board, PTA leadership, etc. in the public schools!


At Thursday, August 18, 2005 7:57:00 PM, Blogger Steve Van Diest said...

Didn't know if you have seen http://fuelmovements.blogspot.com. I'm trying to get my staff and students jotting some thoughts down on multiple spiritual movements. Thanks for your notes and insights.


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