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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
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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?
The Tech Tower on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Courtesy Georgia Tech Facebook page
Susan March 28, 2014 at 09:03 am
Now if Georgia can get some jobs for these grads. Only 2 companies in the last engineering job fairRead More were from Georgia. Sad we send our best out of state!
petluvr March 28, 2014 at 10:39 am
Yeah GT!
Road Scholar March 29, 2014 at 09:18 am
Not all Tech grads can stay here in Georgia.We are spread across the world! Another result of theirRead More enrollment policy and the needs of the world! When you are one of the best, non Georgians want you. When I was looking for a job , I had a few out of state firms state that they would like to add a GT grad to their staff. Cross "pollination" I guess!
A new camera system will detect cars that don't stop for school buses. Credit: Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
Deanna Riddlespur March 30, 2014 at 08:30 am
I think they need cameras to record the bus drivers who do not obey the rules of the road as well!!!Read More If they are going to give tickets to people breaking the laws against the bus.. how about it takes pictures of people trying to break other laws and stuff?????
Rosemary Vollmar March 30, 2014 at 09:10 am
"The system, called CrossingGuard, is designed to detect when a vehicle fails to stop while aRead More bus is stopped, then generate images that are sent to the sheriff’s office, which decides if there’s been a violation." Reporter, this is not what happens. The info is sent to Tempe, Arizona to the company supplying the bus cameras. They review the information and if a car has not stopped, THAT company sends that part of the tape to the Sheriff's department for corroboration. Then a ticket is mailed to the car owner's house (address gotten from the car's registration) probably with the photo, too, like in a red light camera ticket. No points because the CAR got the ticket because the camera was busy photographing the plate and can't tell who was driving the car. This is one step above the red-light camera money making program that this 'traffic solutions' company uses. At least an adult bus driver sees the wrong-doing car as it drives past the school bus. The company in Tempe, AZ is the real money maker here--not the school district--however, it IS just a money-making deal because there is no one stopping the cars. They just want the picture of the plate. Where is the education or deterrent for these wrong-ful drivers?? Why not have an cop on the bus occasionally with an unmarked car in the area? When a car passes, then walkie-talkie ahead to the partner and stop the driver and scare the llivin' bejesus out of them with lecture, ticket, and accident photos in living color!!? This is the same company that put up red light cameras in my hometown in another state. We got them removed on several points. 1. No officer seeing and giving the ticket who could have used discretion if the person had a really good reason for going through the light. 2. Car owner not necessarily the driver that broke the law, but car owner sent the ticket. 3. No right to appeal the ticket. 4. No right for ticket receiver (owner of vehicle) to face his accuser in court.
Rosemary Vollmar March 30, 2014 at 09:19 am
If you click on and go to the Douglas County Sheriff's website, it explains the school bus cameraRead More process. It is there that you will see that the explanation that I posted above was gotten---about the digital information going to Tempe, AZ first. Also, there you will see that the $300.00 fine is ONLY for the first offense. $750.00 for second. $1000.00 for third.
Dr. Edwin D. Harrison, former president of Georgia Tech. Credit: University website
Sara Eads February 28, 2014 at 05:08 pm
Want happened to the person who used to be the editor of PATCH? A Ms. Murchison (Spelling?), IRead More believe. Just curious as I thought she was a good editor.
Richelle Murray March 2, 2014 at 02:51 pm
***** They need to contact :Navy Personnel Command (PERSCOM) out of Millington, TN. His obituary:Read More Harrison is survived by his two sons; Robert and Richard; and his four grandsons; Matthew, Michael, Daniel and David. The family, according to Ancestry.com's 1930 census is from Jefferson, Alabama.
wle atlanta II March 3, 2014 at 12:08 pm
'jefferson' is probably jefferson county , the birmingham area wle
Stugis, the owl that is the mascot for Kennesaw State University, meets the media. Credit: Screenshot from Atlanta Journal-Constitution video
flowerdychild February 26, 2014 at 11:42 am
I live in Kennesaw and have two owls living in my woods. They dont like it when I even try to getRead More pics, I can only imagine how terrified the owl "mascot" must be. Dress someone in a mascot costume and quit using Gods beautiful animals as a sick way to entertain people. Phyllis, u just have to ignore those hateful responses, some people are just ignorant.
Kirsten February 26, 2014 at 11:06 pm
Exactly--interesting, Patch, how your "sampling" of comments used in the article seemsRead More decidely one-sided.
Pam Mossack Doughty February 27, 2014 at 12:59 am
PETA actually DID try to get UGA to eliminate UGA and use a robotic dog. Not thinking that willRead More happen. Phyllis, so you're saying that we shouldn't have dogs as pets? REALLY? What is your suggestion to do with the abundance of dogs in the world? I am seriously asking you. And PETA has been documented with tossing euthanized dogs that they "rescued" into dumpsters, so PLEASE stop glorifying them.
Stugis, the owl that is the mascot for Kennesaw State University, meets the media. Credit: Screenshot from Atlanta Journal-Constitution video
Robert Searl February 26, 2014 at 06:35 pm
In the photo, Sturgis has that "Yo, PETA, don't mess with my gig!" look.
Fatkat February 28, 2014 at 09:20 am
Mike Ross , nicely stated! I couldn't agree more!!
David Tiffany March 2, 2014 at 10:04 am
While I agree, generally, with Mike Ross, he goes a bit overboard - just as the PETA people do. TheRead More owl undoubtedly lives better than other members of its species, rather than the other way around. PETA should spend its time and resources trying to protect animals that are truly being treated abusively. Mike should also tone it down. The people at PETA are not evil, but only want the best possible treatment for the animals that share our planet.
Douglas County School System seal. Courtesy the Douglas County School System Facebook page
Susan Morgan February 1, 2014 at 04:30 pm
You should be ashamed! Thank God we have quality teachers, school workers and bus drivers thatRead More actually CARE about our children. As for you, you are nothing but a weak coward that needs to go!
Forgiveness February 2, 2014 at 11:55 am
Cowards don't apologize Susan. Dr Pritz is human like all if us. We make mistakes, we learn fromRead More them and move forward. Learn to forgive and your anger will disappear. It was a wake up call to all of us. To open our eyes to all we take for granted. It takes a city pulling together despite our differences for the greater good.
Murray Jr February 2, 2014 at 04:00 pm
I'm glad he admitted that mistakes were made. That is the first step towards making thing betterRead More next time. I think we should take the apology with the sincerity it was delivered with and see how situations are handled like this in the future. One good step was made already when they announced early that schools would be closed on Friday. I could go either way on that call, but it's good that they made the decision early enough for people to make arrangements.
Robert Hungate January 28, 2014 at 08:51 pm
D.C School System closed Wed? No kidding!
Robert Hungate January 28, 2014 at 08:51 pm
D.C School System closed Wed? No kidding!
Sandra Whittington January 30, 2014 at 06:27 am
This message was sent to me at 3:37 AM on THURSDAY. Not much help -- a day late and a dollar short.
cd January 28, 2014 at 06:34 pm
Can anyone find out why they took so long to decide to close the schools and why only one hourRead More early?? At the moment they are telling me my kid is going to have to spend the night at school. Everyone knew it was coming, but they waited until the last minute to decide to close early, and by the release time the roads were already bad.
Leslie W. January 28, 2014 at 10:10 pm
cd, I have been wondering the exact same thing! My children and I JUST got home from their school atRead More 7:45 this evening after inching our way home on awful roads and seeing people sliding into ditches left and right! Douglas county schools should have been closed today! Someone really dropped the ball on this one!
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