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Athens officials had good response for storm, climatologist says

They upgraded the "watch" to a "warning."

People complain if the schools close early, and they complain if they close late. It sounds like CCSD did just fine this time.

posted @ Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 06:39

Bill would block school-contract employees from collecting unemployment

Public school teachers' pay is for 190 days worked, divided by 12 months. Most private schools in Georgia divide teachers' pay by 9 or 10 months, freeing the teachers to apply for unemployment. Every summer.

posted @ Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 07:04

Carter: Deal is forgetting about the middle class

Deal's doing the typical "it's an election year so I should throw something at the teachers" dance. When you've been around a while, you've seen it. Barnes discovered that angering the teachers could be a bad thing. Deal has cut education year after year, forcing local governments to raise property taxes. A 2 percent raise after years of cuts and furloughs is not going to change the minds of teachers I know. What about the other government employees, who have also seen years of cuts? They're not as vocal or organized as the teachers, so they are ignored.

posted @ Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 06:53

Madison farmer has the chops to produce humanely raised, tasty pigs


posted @ Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 12:52

Madison farmer has the chops to produce humanely raised, tasty pigs

Madison County farmer/Oglethorpe County farm?

posted @ Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 12:52

Star-Spangled banner, song to be reunited in DC

According to the Smithsonian Museum, this is the earliest of several drafts made by Key before sending one to the newspaper. This is NOT the original, which was written on the back of an old letter, using a pencil.

posted @ Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 11:44

Young: Political correctness is problematic path

Government schools, indeed. Who first coined that phrase? Hmmm.

What's interesting is that most of the examples he cites are from outside influences changing school policies: the far left, the far right, parents. Thanks for reiterating some of the talking points of the people who seek to dismantle America's public school system for personal monetary gain, public school professor.

posted @ Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 10:00

Naked child found walking on Athens street

Have a little sympathy for the mother. She got a sitter, which couldn't have been the easiest thing on New Year's Eve. As we found with our own children, sometimes you're unpleasantly surprised by a babysitter even when you had references and background checks. Hopefully the children are fine and they find this sitter soon.

posted @ Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 18:20

Charter schools fight pension proposal

From the Teachers' Retirement System web page:

Eligibility for Membership

All personnel employed in a permanent status position, not less than half-time, with local boards of education, charter schools, universities and colleges, technical colleges, Board of Regents, county and regional libraries, RESA’s, and certain State of Georgia agencies are required to be members as a condition of employment.

posted @ Saturday, December 28, 2013 - 06:59

Georgia school district shifts teacher pay scale

Good luck with getting "young and talented" educators to fill positions in that district's schools with high populations of at-risk students. Who will you find to work with students who are hungry, stressed, frightened, homeless, in transition with family situations, living in homes with no books, or growing up in families that don't value education? Those students don't always test well.

posted @ Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 23:34

Big rig strikes occupied port-a-potty in Athens, sparks altercation

A company like Noramco uses port-a-potties?

posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 - 07:01

Athens medical professor learns power of an apology

So you don't apologize because you are truly sorry, but you apologize to avoid being sued. Great.

posted @ Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 06:53

Music filling schools with slate of holiday concerts

I think Ms. Kang meant to say that the right side of the brain is traditionally associated with creativity.

posted @ Monday, December 9, 2013 - 21:49

Athens woman wires $16K to masquerading FBI agent

@Humbucker bob: The headlines keep getting better and better. I think they want us to be surprised when we actually read the article.

posted @ Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 07:15

Suffering from Alzheimer's, Ga. man fatally shot

This is a headline worthy of one of Lederer's "Anguished English" books. Congratulations.

posted @ Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 07:12

Athens tennis center ready for play

@Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass: Yes, I am a former teacher, and I remember the order of the seasons pretty well. If it should have been completed in the spring, then the WINTER and/or SPRING rain would have delayed completion, not the following summer rain.

posted @ Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 12:00

Athens tennis center ready for play

"Myla Neal, recreation program division administrator for Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services, said the center was scheduled to open in the spring, but consistent rains throughout the summer delayed the pouring of the courts until the fall."

Time travel? Government double speak? Scheduled to open in the spring, but was delayed by SUMMER rains? We knew it was going to rain a lot so we waited?

posted @ Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 22:20

'The Princess Bride' being adapted for the stage

I do not think that means what you think it means.

posted @ Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 13:50

Ga. lawmakers ask educators how to sell tax boost for schools

It amazes me that the unholy alliance between talk radio hosts and education-for-hire corporations has come so close to dismantling the American education system. Previous posters have regurgitated the same talking points.

Why don't we tell the Georgia taxpayers that the state has the fourth largest prison population in the U.S.? Tell them that the state spends $18,000.00 per year to incarcerate each state prisoner but has slashed education funding in K-12 schools to under $4000 per student. Tell them that many of those education cuts came in years when the state had a surplus of tax revenues. Tell them that teachers supply their students with food, clothing, and school supplies on a daily basis.

Tell them the truth, for a change.

posted @ Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 08:12

Georgia-grown lunches in Madison County schools this week


posted @ Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 16:24

Georgia high court rules in favor of charter schools

@gman129: According to test results in Georgia, public schools ARE doing at least as well as charter schools, even though charter schools are able to dismiss students who don't "get with the program," and public schools teach everyone.

I suppose you've spent many hours getting information about public schools from actually visiting and observing, and not from listening to talk radio, right?

posted @ Monday, September 23, 2013 - 18:27

Park and Ride limps along, but Athens transit chief still hopeful

How much money could they make if you can park free with a UGA ID?

posted @ Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 07:36

Barrow Elementary celebrates 90th birthday today in new building

Wow. You can walk on walls in the new building--new technology? Great picture.

posted @ Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 17:22

Jefferson's Corey Smith brings country rock to Classic Center

Corey Smith was a certified Social Studies teacher before going full-time in the music business. He is an excellent musician who has not forgotten his old friends as he's become more popular. Can't wait.

posted @ Friday, September 6, 2013 - 07:18

Are free digital textbooks in the future for UGA students?

If my kids' professors were concerned about the high cost of textbooks, most of them hid it very well! They required the latest edition and no other, or a textbook that required an online code, which could not be purchased used. Hundreds of dollars every semester. If a less-expensive e-book was available, it was too bad, because some professors wouldn't allow computers in the classroom. Then there were the professors who required the students to purchase low quality self-published books, always at a premium price. The bookstore tried to help: one could rent a book for about half the new book price and then return it, so the book could be rented again (that is, if the new edition hadn't come out). We should get into the textbook business.

posted @ Monday, August 26, 2013 - 07:23

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