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Blackmon: 'Charter district' could be good option for Clarke schools

" Such a conversion could give us more flexibility in allocating resources and determining needs on a school-by-school basis. "

I would like to speak to the allocation of resources in particular the resource as it relates to money.

It is extremely difficult to get the public, in particular the critical public who are always harping about their school taxes, to understand just how tight school budgets ARE.

I once worked for a Clarke County principal who dared write the superintendent and the school board a letter to wit; "If you can come here and show me how to better spend the money allocated to this school, I will appreciate it."

We were always short of duplicating supplies, discipline slips, text books....

No one came.

Those of the public and parents who volunteer in the schools understand the problems better than those who just criticize.

For the critics, there's a kid in a school somewhere who could use your help.

posted @ Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 12:22

Bernstein: Romney decision shows strength of GOP presidential field

"First, the Republican field is much stronger than it was in 2012 and 2008."

That's not saying much.

"Who ya gonna call?"

Paul Christie, who's hung up in all sorts of scandals?

Sarah Palin, who can't control her family?

Paul Ryan has decided not to run.

Ted Cruz, who's a religious goof?

Marco Rubio, who's backed by the Koch brothers?

Scott Walker, who's got his own dark side?

Paul Rand, who so far seems clean?

Yet a 3rd Bush? Conservatives will flock to Jeb, but that's no surprise.

posted @ Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 12:06

U.S. prosecutors: New spy case shows Russia up to old tricks

Rather clueless to think the U.S. isn't doing the same thing.

posted @ Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 11:45

Towery: Congressional Budget Office isn't apolitical entity

@proftom: "The American public need and deserve a nonpartisan CBO."

Yes.

posted @ Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 11:35

Towery: Congressional Budget Office isn't apolitical entity

@Mr. Towery; "Whether the process for “scoring” bills remains “static” or becomes “dynamic” really doesn’t matter as much as getting rid of those who helped carry the water for this disastrous monstrosity that has become Obamacare."

It's only a "disastrous monstrosity" for those who don't have to worry about health insurance, Mr. Towery.

It is a national disgrace that this country will not afford healthcare to its citizens; even its lowest class citizens - whom this country and the wealthy have no hesitation to call upon when the lower class are needed for some war.

Shame.

posted @ Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 11:34

Georgia state super joins opposition to AP History framework

@melquiades:

This IS what it's about.

"... people that prefer the whitewashing...about historic truths that used to get official and cultural sanction in response to a switch to the real story."

When people know too much, it brings governments to accountability, if not down.

Witness the social unrest in Middle East countries by their higher educated youth for more transparency in their own governments and more freedom from 'tradition' of their own cultures, especially for women.

The youth of this country are no different.

The unseen powers that control this country are running scared.

And those who swallow the "official and cultural sanction" of this country are doing the best they can not to get in touch with reality.

posted @ Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 11:17

Zimdars: GOP hits the ground stumbling

It's the chlorine.

Swimdawg68 doesn't 'remember' that the inspectors were ordered out of Iraq by Bush just a few days before the invasion.

Additionally, no major nations outside of England, and maybe Japan, really supported the invasion.

Rather, there was a "Coalition of the Willing", mostly minor countries that could be bought (and were):The official public list of the United States’ allies as of March 21, 2003 contained the following 31 countries:

Afghanistan, Albania, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and Uzbekistan.2

Additions since then have included:

Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Kuwait, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Palau, Portugal, Rwanda, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Uganda.2

Swimdawg doesn't let facts get in his way.

posted @ Friday, January 30, 2015 - 21:49

VIDEO: Senate approves Keystone XL pipeline bill despite veto threat

This is just another case where Republicans are urging profits over the environment.

posted @ Friday, January 30, 2015 - 21:29

Ambrose: Laxity on Iranian sanctions is dangerous

"Iran is a rogue nation, and should not have a nuclear bomb. Anyone who thinks they are developing their nuclear capability for power generation only is a complete and utter fool."

Perhaps the utter fool is someone who only gets his information from the major news media and local paper and makes no effort to expand his information reading the views and research of alternate sources who have experience in the areas the utter fool thinks he's competent to comment about.

Not having a t.v. in the home tuned to the major news media and radio listening limited to only in my car, I'm comfortable that utter fool is not me.

posted @ Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 20:14

VIDEO: Attorney General nominee moves closer to confirmation

This woman is not the right person for this job.

posted @ Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 09:19

Ambrose: Laxity on Iranian sanctions is dangerous

"Some have also lambasted Republicans as total jerks in all of this even though some of the toughest stances have been taken by such Democrats as Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey who said Obama seemed to be getting his “talking points” from Tehran."

And just who is Menendez getting his "talking points" from?

Here is a prime example of a Congressman who is poorly informed on the issues of Iran. Yet, he would probably be inclined to vote to military strike that country based on (Your guess is as good as mine.) what?

The fear that if Iran is allowed to build nuclear reactors to be used for generating power, that is as good as having a nuclear bomb.

As to the safe guards, Iran has been cooperating with those who oversee such constructions.

Yes, Iran is a Muslim nation, and supports some terrorists. However, let's remember that seventeen of the 9/11 terrorists were from (our friend) Saudi Arabia (with a bad human rights record and it's not going to get any better under their new king).

Netanyahu is a war criminal who has viciously attacked the Palestinian people, yet is invited by a congressman (who needs to be put in his place) to address the American congress.

Boehner is a prime example of why Congress is so disfunctional and his invitation to Netanyahu to speak to the American congress is an insult to the American people.

posted @ Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 08:10

Crisp: Middle East issues are nuanced

@swimdawg68: There's a "wussy" in your mirror ("lightweight").

"This guy" has done his homework. He is not writing "off the cuff."

He has knowledgeable, experienced sources, "Sandra Mackey and Stephen Kinzer, Elaine Sciolino and Hooman Majd" to support his article.

He knows the difference between the theologies of "Shia (Iran) versus Sunni (Saudi Arabia), two different interpretations of the Koran. He's smart enough to understand that the Islamic nations have their own "denominations" just as Christianity is divided into "denominations" - and I'm talking something larger than Baptist vs. Methodist.

He isn't ignorant enough to lump all Muslims into one "unchristian" group.

Nor is there anything special about Israel.

You can forget about it all you want, but Israel intentionally attacked the U.S. Liberty in open waters.

Being a military man, you should at least inform yourself of the real facts of that and not accept the U.S. military version of it.

If facts matter.

posted @ Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 18:41

Pitts: Asset forfeiture sells out Constitution

Mistake costs dishwasher $59,000 - CNN.com
www.cnn.com/2007/US/09/27/immigrant.money/

So far, here, we all agree.

It will be hard to get law enforcement departments to abandon this on local levels without a change in the law, not just a federal 'dropping of the practice.

We have some 'bubba' law enforcement agencies that just aren't going to do it, because they have so little operating money without it.

posted @ Monday, January 26, 2015 - 08:10

Tant: French killings reawaken commitment to freedom

We do have our own dirty political and religious history.

There is plenty of evidence from the beginnings of this country how the native Americans were mistreated because they were not 'European.' Or, translated, 'white'. Even into the 20th century.

Even today, they are mistreated by our own government.

posted @ Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 13:31

GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights before ruling

The usual Republican ignorance.

posted @ Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 10:54

Athens couple victims of real estate scam

This is not a new scam.

posted @ Friday, January 23, 2015 - 20:14

School bus drivers could lose health insurance in state plan

@OCCountry: "The real issue is why did people go to driving a bus for insurance instead of the pay. The answer is that it is very cheap. Drivers and other state workers pay a much smaller share of the cost of insurance than those of us in the private sector. The answer is not to end the coverage, but to shift more of the cost to the drivers and all other state workers over a period of 3-5 years where their share of the cost is on par with the private sector. This will ensure that people are able to keep their insurance, while protecting the tax payers from escalating cost."

Rather than complain about how and why the drivers get their health coverage, why don't you just get a job as a bus driver?

posted @ Friday, January 23, 2015 - 14:29

School bus drivers could lose health insurance in state plan

[quote][b]eastsider99[/b] - And people actually voted for Nathan Deal, smh
[/quote]

Seeing as how Georgia seems to always rank near the bottom of the scale in public education, do you suppose those people represent the best educated in the state?

posted @ Friday, January 23, 2015 - 14:24

Ponnuru: Republicans don't need to 'show they can govern'

[quote][b]cyou299[/b] - I can see the slogans now..."two bread-bags for every child". [/quote]

"Two bread bags" is too 'liberal'. Conservatives can cut costs and save the taxpayer 50% by making it only one.

And since plastic bags are slowly on the way out (it will take a few more years for the California law to get to this side of the country) if you let your paper bag get wet and holes get in it, well, you should have taken better care of it.

posted @ Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 10:28

Ponnuru: Republicans don't need to 'show they can govern'

"The notion that Republicans should “prove they can govern” sounds high-minded, and so arguments to the contrary can come across as cynical."

"Cynical?"

More like factual.

"That task is to devise and promote an attractive conservative agenda to place before the voters. Unlike governing the country, that’s an achievable goal."

If you want a 'conservative' agenda.

Such an agenda is 'protective' of the status quo.

Not an agenda that moves anything forward for the average 'Joe Citizen.'

posted @ Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 09:21

Galis: Debating education in a 'moneyball' world

There has never been a time in public education when there weren't problems in the classroom; too crowded, under funded, under staffed, poverty, able and unable learners, motivated and unmotivated learners, local politics, national politics, administrators who are administrators because that's where the money is, good old boy members on the boards of education who may or not know about/understand the money issues but not the teaching issues, and ex-perts who have all the answers.

"They believe that

"teaching must be transformed from a "largely under-qualified and trained,

"heavily unionized,

"bureaucratically controlled semi-profession

"into a true profession with a distinctive knowledge base,

"framework for teaching,

"well-defined common terms for describing and analyzing teaching at a level of specificity and strict control."

After 33 years of teaching in public education, and as a parent whose five children all graduated from public education, and one of those with a PhD in education, pardon me while I barf.

Oh! And blame it all on the "sorry" teachers.

posted @ Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 16:16

Galis: Debating education in a 'moneyball' world

[quote][b]leongalis[/b] - @dahreese: The "anti-reformers" know who they are.
[/quote]

Perhaps they do, and perhaps you do.

But that's a wide accusation that throws a cloud over those supposedly "anti-reformers" and your article.

posted @ Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 14:30

Blackmon: More input needed on appointing state school superintendent

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posted @ Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 14:23

Blackmon: More input needed on appointing state school superintendent

Quite frankly, in Georgia, and perhaps other states as well, it is too easy to become a school administrator.

By that I mean the following; no one should become a school administrator until he or she has had a least TEN years experience in the classroom - and I mean the CLASSROOM.

Let's have some proved successful experience in the CLASSROOM before becoming an assistant principal.

At 'least' FIVE proven successful years as an assistant principal and to continue to teach at least ONE class during those FIVE years before becoming eligible to become a full principal and after those TEN years, then be eligible to become a superintendent.

As to a state superintendent, if one is going to be appointed, let one be chosen/appointed from a pool of superintendent applicants already working in this state.

posted @ Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 14:12

Galis: Debating education in a 'moneyball' world

Leon, seems to me there is a little dancing around going on here.

just who are these "anti-reformers" you're speaking of?

Are you talking about a handful of classroom teachers and administrators; the majority of classroom teachers and administrators; a handful of school boards or just a few school boards?

I need a little clarity here, please.

posted @ Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 12:38

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