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State releases school report cards; Jefferson, Madison, Oconee schools shine

[quote][b]Athens Trojan[/b] -
So you are admitting that we have rezoned our schools to achieve a certain racial balance? I thought that was illegal now. But you freely admit that the BOE dumbed down Barrow. If our incompetent school staff would get up to date information on their website even a fifth grader could see what they did.
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Are you equating including students with a broader range of economic circumstances to "dumbing down"?

posted @ Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 16:00

State releases school report cards; Jefferson, Madison, Oconee schools shine

[quote][b]Athens Trojan[/b] - @mpd0.59: The reason is when they redistricted the Cobbham/Boulevard folks successfully lobbied to get the Bethel Homes crowd out of their neighborhood school and sent them to Barrow. Now we are starting to see the results and what the real problem is with the public schools in Clarke County. It is the quality of student that the "affordable housing" crowd wants to attract to Athens. Ain't it amazing that they don't want them to go to school with their kids. Make me go hmmm.
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According to the 2011 AYP report (that's after the redistricting, right? Anyone with more recent numbers feel free to post, this was what I could find), here were the demographics of Chase Street vs. Barrow:

Chase Street
70% free/reduced lunch
40% Black
26% Hispanic
29% White

Barrow
53% free/reduced lunch
42% Black
5% Hispanic
42% White

I wasn't here during the rezoning and can't speak to that issue, but I hope these figures disabuse the notion that Chase Street moved all of their economically disadvantaged kids to Barrow. Sure doesn't look like it to me.

posted @ Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 23:17

Athens area marathoners largely OK after Boston bombings

Thanks for checking up on our local runners.

posted @ Monday, April 15, 2013 - 20:20

Chase Street Elementary honored, students get ice cream

[quote][b]Athens Hi-Fi[/b] - So if I live in eastern Clarke county and want to send my child to Chase St, would I be allowed?
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There is a process to request a different school based on space being available, and it is a lottery. Info here: http://www.clarke.k12.ga.us/files/478/house%20bill%20251%20-%20fy2012-20...

Parents take on responsibility for transporting their child to and from school if a transfer is made.

posted @ Monday, April 15, 2013 - 14:12

Ga. lawmakers look to allow vote on firework sales

"revenue from fireworks sales would be used to pay for trauma care and firefighter services."

So, pretty much a wash, then?

posted @ Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 18:28

Athens chefs off to festivals, new jobs this month

Reins.

posted @ Monday, February 18, 2013 - 00:04

Delivery man attacked in Athens

[quote][b]grove600[/b] - Like I'm going to Ruth Drive in the daylight. Right. You cna't pay me enough. [/quote]

I'm on Ruth Street (unclear from the story whether this happened on Ruth Drive or Ruth Street) all the time in the daylight and have never, once, had a problem.

That said, I don't spend any time wandering around at night time. Nope.

posted @ Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 23:32

Comer Christmas Parade downtown Saturday

Imagine my surprise when we arrived in Comer a few minutes before 3pm to find out the parade had just concluded! Oh well, c'est la vie.

posted @ Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 18:12

Athens man jailed for craps game robbery, shooting

I knew before I even clicked that this article would contain the term, "breezeway."

posted @ Friday, November 16, 2012 - 14:10

UPS ends grants to Boy Scouts over discrimination

I'm glad to see UPS and Intel calling the BSA out on its discriminatory practices.

posted @ Monday, November 12, 2012 - 23:33

Athens woman still on phone while upside down in wrecked car

I drove past this last night a little before 9 and I'm glad she's ok. The car was just sitting on its roof in the median, police on the scene. I and the traffic around me stayed slow even after we passed the wreck - I think it probably shook us all up.

Now I hope she takes this opportunity to get her stuff together, and quits endangering herself and everyone around her.

posted @ Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 17:18

Bicyclist injured in accident with van

[quote][b]OcCoCitizen[/b] - I was referring to instances where cars are stopped at traffic lights, maybe waiting to turn right for instance, and poof a bicyclist just rides right up to the light on my right instead of staying in line with traffic. Dangerous to him/herself and me. And if they had proper safety equipment, such as daytime running lamps, turn signals, etc, they would be more obvious to other drivers. I guess they are not concerned about their own safety though, so why should I go out of my way to be concerned about theirs.
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I would suspect that my experience as a cyclist who stops behind stopped traffic contains just as high a percentage of cars that simply ride up on my left rather than staying in line with the traffic that includes me. I am considering getting a tail light for daytime use although I never ride in the dark, and I do try to wear obnoxiously bright shirts and am decidedly not invisible.

I am always concerned about my own safety because I know that for the majority of drivers that regularly show me common courtesy on the road, it only takes the one who feels the need to shave 30 seconds off their commute or simply thinks I don't belong out there to involve me in an accident like the one in this article (which, as I read it, was caused by the motor vehicle's turning in the path of oncoming traffic).

posted @ Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 13:35

Teachers talk about Clarke student field trips to UGA

[quote][b]Bishop59[/b] - While they are riding the bus over to UGA why not swing by the jail and let a few of them off so they can get a feel of where their future lies if they don't change their ways.
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When I was in high school in the diversity-challenged suburbs of Detroit, we took a field trip to the courthouse and jail in downtown Detroit. The jail visit was extremely sobering.

I also had the opportunity in high school to visit the University of Michigan and participate in some math workshops with professors there. Being able to glimpse life on a college campus and spend some time thinking about math concepts that fell far outside the box of what I'd been learning in my high school classroom was extremely valuable. I would think there are countless opportunities for academic departments to partner with the ACC schools to provide an on-campus learning experience that also serves to plant the seed of the idea of attending college or other continuing education.

posted @ Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 09:27

Bicyclist injured in accident with van

[quote][b]OcCoCitizen[/b] - Whatever happened to bicyclists having orange flags on their bikes to make them more visible? I frequent that Dougherty St area during the week and sometimes those bikes just appear out of nowhere. Seems like they would want to make themselves as visible as possible. I also have issues with them crossing in the pedestrian walkways. Are they cyclists? or Pedestrians?
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Pretty sure bikes can't just materialize, so I bet those bikes were there all along.

As far as pedestrian walkways, I've had to dismount and press a pedestrian walk signal when there was no car present to trigger the light to change - then I'll walk my bike across as a pedestrian. The one walkway that confuses me is where the greenway crosses College Ave at Elizabeth - I think that section of sidewalk is intended to be part of the greenway path and thus bikes would be able to ride on it and cross at that crosswalk? But I never ride through there, just drive on College multiple times per day.

posted @ Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 09:08

Clarke school results vary widely on CRCT

Actually, I'd love a breakdown by level of improvement or lack of improvement from previous years on a school-by-school basis. It's no surprise that certain schools have higher absolute results than others, but it's possible that both schools improved (or didn't) by a similar percentage over time. That would be useful information to me.

posted @ Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 21:35

Boulevard residents split on proposed park

More to the topic, if this park is anything like the woods/trails/greenspace in my neighborhood, the most likely unwelcome visitors they'll see are coyotes.

posted @ Friday, June 22, 2012 - 14:46

Boulevard residents split on proposed park

I was just trying to suss out your point. If that wasn't it, I'm not sure what it was. What's ACAD?

posted @ Friday, June 22, 2012 - 14:35

Boulevard residents split on proposed park

[quote][b]athnative[/b] - The bleeding heart liberal's true colors always come out when it affects their neighborhoods. Reminds me of the professors at UGA who preach "diversity" yet send their kids to Athens Academy or live in Five Points.
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So the 90% of Boulevard residents who support the park are not bleeding heart liberals, right?

posted @ Friday, June 22, 2012 - 14:12

Police searching for man who assaulted woman, stole gun north of downtown Athens

[quote][b]The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald[/b] - Too bad ACC doesn't have a good K-9 team.
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Actually, I did see a K-9 vehicle among the many police vehicles when we drove through the area a little after 11. I don't know enough about the department to know if they have a "good" team, but just through I'd throw that out there.

posted @ Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 14:26

Unprotected banner stolen from Oconee Street

Kudos to the headline scribe.

posted @ Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 10:32

Dog bite sends girl to hospital

I hope the girl is ok. Dog owners need to not put their dogs and other people into a dangerous situation like this.

posted @ Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 09:00

Woman with four kids in car was DUI, police say

This is a nightmare. So glad these kids were ok.

posted @ Monday, May 7, 2012 - 21:37

State broadens range of people who must report abuse

It's called "making it even more difficult for schools and churches to find volunteers." I would expect that anyone put into a mandated reporter role would need some level of training to understand the expectations and responsibilities therein. So now, if the director of religious education at my church needs someone to fill in for a sick caregiver in the nursery on Sunday morning, or if my daughter's preschool needs another parent to chaperone a field trip or set up for a party, there is yet another barrier to someone stepping up to participate.

posted @ Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 16:10

Authority keeps drought restrictions; raises cost to fish

Is this only for residences? There is a patch of useless grass in front of a business I occasionally run past early in the morning and the sprinklers are frequently on as I go by.

posted @ Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 22:09

Radar 'joke' leads to trouble for Jackson County pair

These guys are idiots.

I think I saw the traffic stop as it was made. I was coming through the Olympic Drive intersection a little after 12:30pm. Funny.

posted @ Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 09:36

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