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Bravo, Mr. Downs!

After visiting and evaluating surrounding county schools, we made a conscious decision to remain in the CCSD when our two children were nearing school age. We haven't regretted that decision for one minute. I applaud the CCSD for their efforts and ability to teach children from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

Our kids have been surrounded by bright students, top-notch educators, diversity, and innovation. We've been nothing but pleased at every turn!

posted @ Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 13:23

Great article. What a positive role model for young athletes who come into money so quickly and have no idea how to handle it.

I have to disagree with the poster above on the new downtown restaurant. We've had opposite experiences. I had an amazing burger, and those of my friends who've been, loved it and wanted to go back. Lots of interesting things I'd like to try. I was especially impressed with the experience given that restaurants tend to struggle getting it together when they first open.

posted @ Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 12:21

@MBrick: I think many of us just assumed he had a Ph.D. .... but you are correct as far as I can tell.

posted @ Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 21:18

Someone brought up the tired cliche of Oconee Schools are great and Clarke County Schools stink. It is tiresome. So many families choose to send their kids to Clarke County Schools when they easily could have chosen to move to Oconee for average-good schools. Our family and countless others have been nothing but pleased with Clarke County schools. We like having excellent teachers and find it to be an advantage to be in a system where there are students of every socio-economic background instead of the homogeneity of OC.

It is not a big surprise that kids who come from poverty tend to struggle in school more than kids who come from middle-upper class homes. Hats off to the teachers who can teach every student.

posted @ Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 17:26

Anonymous 1, I beg to differ. The public schools in Clarke County are not failing. Quite the opposite. Every student I've known personally who has gone through the local public school system has done quite well, many attending ivy league schools. Seems like local parents and teachers are "educating kids properly."

My personal experience is that CCSD has top-notch teachers and very involved parents. That's a formula for success.

Bravo to the teachers for being able to teach children from a variety of backgrounds and bravo to the parents for staying involved. The ol' 'Clarke Schools aren't that great' cliche flies in the face of facts. As a parent of Clarke county students, I have been nothing but pleased!

posted @ Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 17:19

Well-reasoned op-ed. After reading everything I could on the pros and cons, I voted no.

posted @ Friday, November 2, 2012 - 13:44

Vote no on the Charter Amendment. An unelected state board running local schools just seems like a slippery slope to me.

posted @ Monday, October 22, 2012 - 13:59

Actually, no, it wasn't three righties and two lefties participating in the panel. It was two and two. Chambliss wasn't a part of the panel, he was the keynote speaker later that evening at the dinner.

I attended, and I suspect that the reason the senator was asked to speak was simply because he is a senator from GA, not because he is a republican senator.

posted @ Monday, September 10, 2012 - 07:58

@ppensyl: I don't disagree that there are penalties for poor choices, as there should be. That's life. What I dislike is the general tone of many of the online boards and messages. Calling him names, and general hatefulness helps no one. He might well be dismissed. That's a shame, but might be warranted when all information is known. But, he shouldn't be talked about like a useless human being. His life isn't over.

He is a 19 year old kid who has made poor choices, and from what I understand, had taken a number of positive steps the last several months.

posted @ Friday, June 29, 2012 - 16:00

@whatsthepoint: I think Mark Richt's tough love is pretty obvious. His rules and penalties are beyond strict compared to those of other Division 1 programs.

posted @ Friday, June 29, 2012 - 14:01

Isaiah Crowell is a 19 year old kid, who likely came from a difficult upbringing. He has made plenty of mistakes (they have been enumerated by throngs of people), but I don't think calling a 19 year old names helps anyone. In fact, it makes me sad.

My hope is that there will be a support system for Isaiah and he can learn to make better choices as a result. His life is worth something. I don't think the "throw him away" response on blogs and boards will help in the slightest bit nor do I think coddling is the right approach. He had a gun stored under his seat (I know plenty of church-going folk who do), but he didn't shoot anyone or get into an altercation. He'll have to answer for the poor choice.

He is a human being and he's a kid with enormous talent. Let's not forget that.

posted @ Friday, June 29, 2012 - 13:59

@prognosticator: I agree on all points except for the point about Crowell's absence having little effect. It will be felt. Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley are both big talents, but they are both true freshmen. That said, I'll keep my fingers crossed.

posted @ Friday, June 29, 2012 - 13:43

UGA must recruit a top-rate scholar and a deft administrator at the executive level. That combo narrows the playing field to outside talent most likely at other established research institutions. Recycling will not serve UGA well. Someone above mentioned the former UVA President. That's the caliber the committee should be targeting.

Since the announcement of the search committee, there has been broad skepticism as to the group's intentions. Everyone thinks, as the first poster put it, "The fix is in." Let's all hope they prove everyone wrong by recruiting a nationally recognized and seasoned administrator from an acclaimed research institution who can offer new insights and ideas. Equally important, the person needs to have a proven track record as a successful fundraiser. As state dollars continue to shrink, the person has to bring a new approach to fundraising. Not exactly one of UGA's current strengths.

With the right hire, UGA could be a top ten research university. UGA can be somewhere between ok and good, or it can be great.

If "the fix is in", the committee will have chosen "ok."

posted @ Monday, June 18, 2012 - 14:02

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