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Thoughtful and Critical Conversations About Education in Georgia

GA Education Legislation Update: Incentive Pay for Teachers, Students Applying Sunscreen, & School Turnaround Plans

At this point, I'm not offering my opinion on these pieces of proposed legislation except to say this: I think kids should be able to apply their own sunscreen (see HB200). The other ones probably require a little more homework.... Continue Reading →

American Citizen Children are Losing Their Parents

All the while, our students are still trying to be teenagers. Almost 70% of our students at Cross Keys are U.S. citizens, so even if there are some who try to explain away students’ pain by saying that they are “illegal,” they can’t say that. These are legal residents – U.S. citizens – whose parents are being taken away from them. For people who value family as the fundamental building block of society, how can we support these types of initiatives?

Georgia Legislators Propose New Education Improvement Plan to Assist Low-Performing Schools

My initial impression is that this "plan B" school improvement plan (as opposed to Governor Deal's Opportunity School District) is better, but I would like to know what indicators the Chief Turnaround Office will be using to determine which schools are "low-performing."

Choose your school . . .as long as you can get yourself there

I think that the evidence is compelling that if a school choice program does not address transportation, then it is likely to provide greater benefits to those who already enjoy so many while practically excluding many people who may already be a step behind.

Teachers, Merit Pay, & Wage Increases

The point is that this employee in the private sector would be making a livable wage to begin with, and she would be able to receive a financial reward for high performance. Teachers need to be paid a salary competitive with the private sector, and if the state chooses, they could award teachers “bonuses” based on their effectiveness in the classroom or their additional involvement within the life of the school.

Cary Reynolds ES nurse accused of racist remarks

By Marlon Walker, AJC DeKalb County School District is investigating a school nurse after allegations surfaced she’d made racially insensitive comments on social media. In response to a posting counting down the days til President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, Tish Domins... Continue Reading →

Update on Governor Deal’s 2017 Education Agenda

After the sound defeat of the Opportunity School District (the Georgia Constitutional amendment to allow the state to take over failing schools) in this past November’s referendum, Governor Nathan Deal is going to have an uphill battle when it comes... Continue Reading →

Creating Student Learning Communities in High School

In high school, I was one of those students that had a hard time understanding how Calculus or Chemistry mattered in the “real world.” I knew I wanted to do something like psychology or education – not engineering or med... Continue Reading →

DeKalb teachers resign for anti-immigration comments after Trump win

By Marlon Walker Two DeKalb County teachers have resigned after making disparaging statements about illegal immigration, district officials said Tuesday. According to district officials, Diane Clark resigned effective Nov. 28 and Susan Petre resigned effective Dec. 1. Both resignations were... Continue Reading →

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