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Jennifer and Harper Rhett in Washington D.C. Credit: Photo from Jennifer Rhett
Decaturette July 5, 2014 at 02:20 pm
Yeah Harpur! Yeah REAP! Hopefully someday public schools, including City Schools of Decatur, won'tRead More be just about meeting the minimum standards of the law but about helping all students reach their full potential.
Suzanne Arena July 7, 2014 at 08:57 pm
Agreed. Child Abuse = the continual denial of a basic right of education that is scientificallyRead More proven to give children the tools KNOWN to be successful. Purposeful dismissal of known disability(s) are a cause I would have thought ACLU would have gotten involved in and . Decoding Dyslexia gives hope to the "Gap Kids" and families, they will accomplish what Autism Speaks (and the like) have done for Autistic children.
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M. Stone July 3, 2014 at 08:28 am
From personal experience in the Cobb Co. schools, I'd say the problems in the area of math might beRead More due to teachers not effective in explaining the concepts, teachers not effective in maintaining discipline or quiet in the classrooms while teaching and testing are going on, and teachers absent for long periods resulting in substitutes who don't understand the math or how to teach it. I know the schools and teachers are all trying hard, but these factors I list seem chronic to me. I hope they can be addressed.
Baileyspet July 3, 2014 at 09:34 am
Oh now we must not demean the sacred Decatur Schools. Ask any high paid administrator and they willRead More tell you how excellent our schools are no matter what the test scores show.
John Galt July 3, 2014 at 01:29 pm
Government schools, and what do we spend on them? Ask big Frank what the problem is.
TDP, Meningitis vaccines needed according to a law taking effect July 1.
Brent Seeger July 1, 2014 at 08:53 am
We will all need vaccines when Obama allows our country to overrun by filth carrying every diseaseRead More know to man and then some. Its the end of America as we know it.
Just Say'n July 1, 2014 at 12:44 pm
So Why won't the Republican Congress pass immigration legislation? Obama is trying to deal with theRead More Bush laws re: illegal children crossing the boarder.
Brent Seeger July 1, 2014 at 03:15 pm
We dont want more immigrants. We need real Americans to have jobs and all they need first. TheseRead More other people need to go back home and fix their own countries.
Rae Anne Resident June 2, 2014 at 09:35 am
Only a grate fool wood let they kids eat food from school. make they lunchers youselves. it aintRead More rockem science.
Solange Kincaid June 2, 2014 at 01:45 pm
When did a school lunch become such a primary event in a students' life? A home-served dinner shouldRead More be the primary meal event where the kiddies share daily events and nosh on the freshly prepared healthy foods selected by the nurturing adult in the home. School lunches should provide the kiddies with quick energy and inexpensive staples like mac 'n cheese, fries, chocolate milk, and ice cream. Volunteer in an Arlington public school cafeteria and see for yourself the food that is trashed daily that could probably alleviate the starving masses in India and Nigeria for a day! Kids also feel stigmatized by signing in with a school ID that designates free lunch recipients whereas the other kids produce the cash. School-provided breakfasts also rely on bagels and buns - all prone to add to obesity. Parents who don't take the time to provide breakfast to a kid are worthless.
Charlene Culpepper June 9, 2014 at 04:37 pm
I am 65 yrs old and remember eating in the school cafeteria for many years. The food was so so butRead More it was also a break from the old standby of PB&J or bologna sandwiches that was standard lunch fare in our household. My folks mixed it up but we also paid per day for every lunch we ate at school.. There is no right or wrong way to do this.. Make lunches at school cheaper or better tasting... My grand kids simply don't eat if the cafeteria serves crappy tasting food or if they don't like what I make for them at home.. Ergo, they don't eat anything from 7:30 in the morning when they have breakfast until at least 3:30 in the afternoon when they come home starving... I'm pretty sure most kids are like that since mom and dad are not there to insure that they eat.. Kids will be kids...
Sumedh S. Garimella, Georgia Association of Educators, an eighth-grader at Richard Hull Middle School in Duluth. Credit: Scripps National Spelling Be
Al R. May 31, 2014 at 03:49 am
This comment is very unfair to white and black kids. There are many, many hard-working white andRead More black kids out there. Besides, kids who win spelling bees aren't necessarily the same ones who run companies and governments--that's far more about people skills. Actually, I feel sorry for a lot of these kids who make it to the National Spelling Bee. Are they participating just because they find it fun, or because their parents are forcing them to spend hours and hours for years memorizing words they'll never use in real life (and depriving them of a normal childhood in the process)?? The kids themselves are wonderful, and I wish them all the best, but I have to question the "drill sergeant" parenting that usually seems to be behind all these contests. I had a good friend in college who was born in India. Both she and her sister became valedictorians at their U.S. high school, but their parents were pushing them hard every step of the way. Her mother (who was abusive) controlled her like a 6-year-old, even when she was in college. She had to call her mother every night around 9 p.m., she couldn't date, etc. Because of all the parental pressure, though, she did very poorly on the MCAT, and never was able to become a doctor like she had dreamed. Even sadder, my friend became a very bitter person and basically ended up just like her mother. Anyway, my point is that behind many of these high-achieving youngsters are pushy, abusive parents, and I'm very concerned about the emotional well-being of these fine kids.
Lone Stranger June 2, 2014 at 01:47 pm
Hey Al. Let me set you straight. White and black kids should be head and shoulders above these kidsRead More but they are all too lazy, spoiled, or just plain stupid to get to work. This is by and large a direct reflection on their parents who are all a bunch of candy a$$es who never worked a day in their lives and are all worthless and weak. Sorry pal but its time for straight talk and any white kid or black kid whining is just a big waste.
Lone Stranger June 2, 2014 at 01:48 pm
Gee Al. I suppose you want to powder these little peoples behinds? Please get out of your mothersRead More basement and start paying your own bills. Parenting in this country is a joke.
Charles Sirui Li, The Augusta Chronicle, a fifth-grader at Stevens Creek Elementary School in Martinez. Credit: Scripps National Spelling Bee
Donna May 28, 2014 at 11:25 am
Good luck, guys!
David Brown May 28, 2014 at 11:34 am
It does appear that Asian-American and Indian-American students invariably do well in academicRead More contests. It is cultural. They expect their children to excel. The same cannot apparently be said of some other cultures. Just my opinion.
Lone Stranger May 28, 2014 at 03:27 pm
Well it seems that lazy white loafer kids whose idiot parents have spoiled them and black hipRead More hoppers have all failed to make the grade. Take a good look at these kids. They will be your bosses in about 10 years.
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 10:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
Christiane Wyckoff received a $500 Shop Etc. mall gift card for being a top teacher. Submitted photo
Richard Kelley May 17, 2014 at 06:49 pm
As a retired educator I congratulate Mrs. Wyckoff on being nominated...I just didn't realize CobbRead More County was part of the Dunwoody / DeKalb "community" As stated in the article: Perimeter Mall asked its Facebook followers to nominate and vote for top performing teachers in the community.
Richard Kelley May 17, 2014 at 06:52 pm
Before I get "beat up" for criticizing a teacher's efforts, my point was toward PerimeterRead More Mall's use of the word "community".
Photo Credit: WRAS Album 88 - 88.5FM Atlanta Facebook
Melissa May 8, 2014 at 08:12 am
I have been a fan of WRAS since I moved to Atlanta in 1981. Given the fact that Atlanta radio hasRead More been on the decline over the last three years, and there is really nothing worth listening to anymore, I will really miss WRAS student programming!
Octo Slash May 8, 2014 at 08:30 am
NPR: Putting more people to sleep than the entire Third Reich.
Native May 8, 2014 at 09:41 am
WRAS influences other stations' programming and exposes listeners to music not heard elsewhere. WhyRead More monkey with a good thing? Keep album 88!
Did you have a favorite teacher? Why was that educator special? Tell us in the comment section below. File|Patch
Lone Stranger May 6, 2014 at 04:45 pm
My favorite teachers are the ones who retired so they cant run political indoctrination camps forRead More Obama any longer.
Octo Slash May 7, 2014 at 08:00 am
Gee, picking a favorite teacher from among the entire roster of folks who maintain Georgia'sRead More nationwide ranking of between #48 and #49 out of 50....that's a tough one. MORE TEACHERS UNIONS! MORE TAXPAYER DOLLARS! THAT'S THE TICKET! FUNDING! FUNDING! FUNDING!
Small pay raises are included in the next DeKalb County Schools budget and furlough days are eliminated. File|Patch
Octo Slash May 7, 2014 at 07:56 am
See? The Stimulus worked!
Georgian Idle May 7, 2014 at 07:57 am
You do realize that this is all because taxes went up don't you? It's not because of greatRead More management and savings. Take a look at your property tax bill compared to last year!
TruthWillSetYouFree May 7, 2014 at 11:29 am
Georgian. Did my bill go up because they raised the tax rate or did it go up because my house valueRead More went up?
Turner Field in Atlanta. File|Patch
RFZZZZZ April 10, 2014 at 07:39 am
Some days no matter what one tries, things don't always go the way one had planned. Just ask theRead More Archbishop.
Allah Tabul April 10, 2014 at 07:41 am
'flame retardant'? Some stupid liberal will probably try to change that to 'flame handicapped'.
wmsmom April 13, 2014 at 09:15 pm
No, the name doesn't need to change when it's used in the proper context. Your thoughts areRead More handicapped though, if that helps?
Some DeKalb County teachers are reportedly unhappy with a $750 penalty clause in the new contracts. File|Patch
Lorri Connor April 2, 2014 at 10:08 pm
GDFO and Laura...Where to even start? I'll go out on a limb and guess that neither of you have everRead More taught. Your comments are typical of the uninformed. Do you REALLY think this issue is as simple as teachers wanting the freedom to capriciously change their minds and break a contract? You cannot be THAT obtuse! Perhaps some "homework" is in order. I don't have the energy or motivation to school either of you in the debacle that is the DCSD. The facts are readily available at the DeKalb School Watch 2 website or you can simply Google it. However, neither of you will bother of course, because it's easier to run your mouth...like drool running out of a toddler's mouth. Mindless chatter at best. If a piece of paper that says "We reserve the right to pay you anything we feel like, and change your salary for any reason at all, AND we're NOT going to tell you how many days we're hiring you for," sounds like a contract to you then I'm guessing that neither of you are lawyers, either. Oh yeah, and those young teachers you're so excited about? They'll be gone within 5 years. That's a fact. So, DeKalb will become simply a clearing house for newbies who want to "try out teaching," like a new outfit, and when they get a taste of the disrespect the two of you have dished up, they'll find something that pays infinitely more money and requires far less time and effort and the likes of you two will be a BIG part of the reason that happens. You must be so proud.
DM April 3, 2014 at 03:21 pm
gdfo Its clear that you are clueless with respect to your business knowledge. Yes if you buy a carRead More you can return it as long as it is done within the first 30 days of buying it. The dealer gets paid from the bank you signed the contract with 30 days later, that’s when your loan gets booked in the banks system and a account number is issued. By your lack of car buying knowledge it’s clear that you are riding around in a car that’s worth 1.00 and you owe 10000.00. The same goes for divorce, have you ever heard of a little word called “annulment”. Now with respect to teachers! Georgia is a write to work state therefore contracts are non-binding. I have seen the Deklab County teachers contract and it is one sided, the county needs to stop being a low budget county and pay teachers what they should get pain. People are leaving because most are tired of dealing with parents on public assistance, parents that are uneducated, unsafe schools, low pay and unsafe working conditions. As tax payers how can one take short cuts on their kids education! The teachers need to unionize! Laura If you did your research you would find that teachers are not government workers and their benefits are below industry standards. Example 1: teachers have a $6000.00 deductable before any out of pocket is met. Example 2: an average teacher makes 36000.00 per year in Deklab County that’s 1384.00 every 2 weeks. After taxes they bring home about 800.00 every 2 weeks or 1600.00 a month. How can a younger teacher (as you stated) with student loans live off that and afford medical benefits offered by the county? How can a family live off that? Think before you speak, it’s clear that you don’t have all the facts!
Lorri Connor April 3, 2014 at 06:45 pm
DM- You hit it right on the head. Dealing with stagnant pay for a decade is one thing, but dealingRead More with the extreme degree of ignorance along with the accompanying disrespect and pure viciousness that permeates the air whenever the topic of teachers comes up is what has done it for me. Buh-bye, DeKalb. Didn't sign that rag they call a contract and happily sat and watched the 5 PM deadline come and go this evening. There's NOWHERE to go but up from here!
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