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Charter schools fight pension proposal

Teachers in Georgia public charter schools DO get access to retirement from the same retirement funds that other Georgia public school teachers are eligible to receive.

Those who mistakenly believe that charter schools are a bunch of private, Republican schools are sadly wrong. Charter schools are set up LIKE private schools, in that they have to treat students and parents like customers. If the customers walk away unhappy, the charter school's reputation will suffer, and enrollment will go down. Easy peasy.

Not like in the feudal systems that currently exist.....such as here in the Clarke County School District. The more I find out about Clarke, the more astounded I become. Ms. Jimenez and the Superintendent can buy all the billboards and radio ads that they like....but if the most recent radio ad quotes the two high schools in CCSD being in the Washington Post's "top 8%".....one must wonder to what 8% are they referring? When one reads how a school makes it onto the Washington Post's list of most challenging schools, one finds that this just reflects: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates.

One wonders....how many of those tests were passed with a score of 4 or above? That is the standard used to determine whether or not those courses will count toward college credit.

posted @ Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 07:22 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

Legislative fight brewing over parental votes

...and why would this bill be a bad thing?? Principals often forget that they are paid with state and federal money to SERVE THE STUDENTS AND PARENTS. Parents should absolutely be able to decide to overthrow a principal. Principals are not lords and ladies, friends....

posted @ Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 00:15 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

Bail granted to career Athens criminal after violent assault sparked outrage

Thank you for doing your necessary part to protect our community. I hope he never gets out.

posted @ Saturday, December 29, 2012 - 22:14 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

Athens boy home for holidays after international manhunt

Hey! What incredibly great news for the holidays!! We all really needed some great news! Prayers answered - it's nice to cry good tears after reading the news this week.

posted @ Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 00:10 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

Secret to new school center is individual attention

I LOVE THIS ARTICLE!!! GO ATHENS CHRISTIAN!!

posted @ Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 00:29 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

State schools lay unequal foundations for college

I used to be a Democrat until I read about the state threatening to close the GA Cyber Academy in April 2013. That article was viewable in the online edition of the ABH for about one day. Now it's buried and only searchable using key terms of the article.

LONG LIVE THE STUDENTS!!

http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2012-11-21/ga-cyber-academy-threatene...

posted @ Friday, November 23, 2012 - 11:35 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

Clarke County to preserve 310 acres near Oconee River

My comments were deleted. ?

posted @ Thursday, November 22, 2012 - 02:27 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

Ga. Cyber Academy threatened with closure

I consider it a little more important than how to hunt for Black Friday deals. It gets buried, people don't notice, the state shuts down GA Cyber Academy. Not on my watch!

posted @ Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 23:33 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

Ga. Cyber Academy threatened with closure

Moderator, why has this story been removed from today's news section? This is the most important thing that was reported today. ???

posted @ Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 22:11 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

Ga. Cyber Academy threatened with closure

They should do a survey and find out just how many people are happy with the Georgia Cyber Academy. Out of 12,000, if 11,500 are happy, it would be an atrocity to see it close.

posted @ Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 14:57 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

Ga. Cyber Academy threatened with closure

This is horrible. Really just about ruined my day. What a tragedy and a bureaucratic nightmare.

posted @ Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 14:35 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

Fourth-graders who flunk reading have faces marked

The teacher should not continue to work with children, period. If that were my child, I would do the only thing to which contemporary school boards pay attention - SUE!

posted @ Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 23:42 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

UPS ends grants to Boy Scouts over discrimination

Haha - cover up child molestation and blame in on gay people - lose your funding! Closed minded conservative ignorance.

posted @ Monday, November 12, 2012 - 18:25 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

Clarke County school officials Board frustrated with changes to progress measures

@dahreese: Ah, if only we could meet in person. Your trite comments and undying loyalty to the empire is so admirable. You don't shed a tear for the students who are wasted along with those who had barely a fighting chance in the beginning. You don't care about those kids getting out and having a better chance to succeed - your loyalty is only with the empire.

You served in internal suspension for a good bit of that time? Wow, that shows how much your prowess in the classroom was a real necessity for the school in which you served.

For you to call Tee Wee "a joke" is all out war. You are only loyal to the empire. Anyone who DARES to call Clarke County out on its lack of safety nets for those who have been treated like garbage by employees paid with federal and state tax dollars is "a joke" to you.

Dahreese - If I wasn't such a lady, I'd tell you what's really on my mind. Enjoy your retirement dollars. I'm sure you earned every one of them with your years of "quality service" to the local schools. Ha ha!

posted @ Monday, November 12, 2012 - 18:18 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

Clarke County school officials Board frustrated with changes to progress measures

@dahreese: You're running us around the mulberry bush again dahreese! Shame on you! In the first sentence, you acknowledge certain factors that cause certain students not to focus and succeed in public education. You skip over the part where these students create an unfit learning environment for the gen ed students with whom they are mixed. Then, you go on to criticize the state for granting a spring board to charter schools who might provide an oasis in the desert, particularly for gen ed students who will not likely succeed or graduate in the general pool with those students who are not likely to succeed.

You contradict yourself - in almost all your responses on Education. Then you choose to attack those who call you out on your narrow-minded picture which seeks to protect those who are not operating at full capacity because the effort may be futile.

Like a cop who protects those who protects those who still exercise police brutality or takes bribes - you justify the failure by blaming society and the system - with arguments that are not wholistic in perspective.

posted @ Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 19:58 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

Clarke County school officials Board frustrated with changes to progress measures

Teachers have one of the most difficult jobs in our state. The plan does keep changing, and the balancing act between trying to keep students orderly, admins happy, and meet state and federal expectations is a balancing act that is rarely a perfect dance. A nearby superintendent said it best, I think: All great teachers must prioritize:

CONNECT WITH STUDENTS

RIGOR

STUDENT VOICE

Amen.

posted @ Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 11:54 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

Man killed on Athens Perimeter identified

We never know that day that we will go. On this day, your son left behind a legacy of goodwill toward others. This story touches my heart. May you be comforted in your grief that your son was one of the rare few who connected with the plights of those around him and reached out to those in need. May we all be inspired to do more for others because of his sacrifice. God bless your family.

posted @ Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 20:44 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

Voters get say on charter-schools amendment

@anonymous1: Please keep blogging on this issue. That one teacher that threw a tennis ball at your child - the one bad apple in the barrel. You ain't seen nothing yet. I've been in several of the local schools and have seen things that have left me crying at night. There are more good teachers than bad here, but those bad apples treat children like UTTER GARBAGE.

@Groovin: I felt like you do at one time. After 9 years in this district, most of them good, I can tell you that one and a half years of our lives were hell after we were forced to move due to a nightmare of a situation at one school. Good luck to you. I hope NO ONE has to endure what my family did. Hopefully, there will be less of a chance, now that there are MORE CHANCES FOR CHARTERS!!!

Yes, the wording on the amendment was biased. Yes, I'm very grateful that more charters will be approved. WE NEED THEM.

posted @ Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 19:32 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

Voters get say on charter-schools amendment

I understand the amendment, its backers, and its risks. We can't afford not to pass some vessel for change in Georgia schools. If this passes tonight, we may start to see more charter schools approved. This equates to more choice for students and parents. YES on charter schools.

posted @ Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 22:47 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

Voters get say on charter-schools amendment

Vote YES on the Charter Amendment. Georgia's failing national rank tells us that parents and students NEED MORE CHOICES IN GEORGIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

posted @ Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 18:51 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

Ballot amendment might be turning point for education

It's true, if you live in Oconee County - you should vote NO for the Charter Amendment. In Oconee, you can expect your child, whether a high achiever or a moderate achiever, to receive a quality education. In elementary school, you can expect that your child will be cared for and taught by professionals who will treat your child with love and respect, engaging them in learning and teaching them to love school!

If you live elsewhere in Georgia, you might vote YES for the Charter Amendment. In certain schools, you might expect your elementary student to be yelled at for giving the wrong answer. You might expect that your child will be forced to throw away the juice you sent in with their snack. You might expect that your child will be touched in a rough manner for making a calm statement that does not sound perfect to the adult in charge. You might expect that if your child has Autism and throws tantrums due to noise, your child will be isolated in the dark. You might expect that if your eighth grader fails the benchmark exams, he or she will be publicly humiliated in front of the class for an entire hour.

VOTE YES FOR MORE CHOICES IN GEORGIA. MORE CHOICES MEANS HIGHER QUALITY SERVICE TO THE STUDENTS OF GEORGIA.

posted @ Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 14:20 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

Athens woman charged with murder for fatally stabbing her newborn son

Every child a wanted child. Support a Pro-Choice administration for our country. Abortion is a necessary evil in a country where wholistic people are not the priority. This tragedy causes me great pain.

posted @ Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 23:21 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

Cadman: Charter opposition is all about money

@historydawg: un-American? Really, you mean un-American like dissenters such as Paul Revere and Frederick Douglass - who would not accept the status quo as acceptable? Really? Un-American because they don't send their children blindly to the meat grinder of Georgia education where your child has a one in 3 chance not to graduate with a high school diploma?

One failed charter school? How about a failed state? A failed state that, consistent with the mantra of the South - "We don't want to embrace change, ever." - wants to continue to embody punitive methods of classroom management as well as tiny increments of time for sunshine, fresh air, and the necessary priority of letting elementary AND MIDDLE SCHOOL children blow off steam at recess. All the while, serving more and more FRIED FOOD and SUGARY FOODS for lunch and breakfast.

I'll take my chances with the charter amendment - that ONE CHARTER SCHOOL in each district - ONE WITH OPEN ACCESS TO STUDENTS FROM ALL OVER THE DISTRICT - would create a more competitive environment where education professionals would take seriously the part of the job that is called (in the private sector) CUSTOMER SERVICE. That, my friend, is not un-American, but actually quite the embodiment of American capitalism and a free-market economy. And all this is coming from a LIBERAL.

posted @ Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 22:32 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

Cadman: Charter opposition is all about money

@historydawg: fiefdom is EXACTLY THE WORD I WOULD USE TO DESCRIBE SOME OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL ENTITIES IN OUR AREA. You might expect your child to be treated poorly and you better enjoy it - because we're the only one zoned to serve you - unless you can afford to pay for something different!!!

posted @ Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 22:23 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

Cadman: Charter opposition is all about money

@friendly fire - you nailed it in regards to Special Ed. needs. This is a difficult issue for which I have a suggestion. There should be a charter specifically designed for students who have behavioral issues. I have researched those components that constitute successful programs and would be happy to help start one! You would have to be lawyered up and have a substantial waiver release form for parents to sign before you begin, however. There are major liability issues when dealing with kids who have serious behavioral issues. They hit, bite, and kick.

@dahreese - I would love to work at this school - but make sure you remember that it's because I'm only in it for the money!

posted @ Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 22:20 by: ThinkAboutItFro...

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