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Radloff to seek school board re-election as Democrat

LAWRENCEVILLE — Long-time Gwinnett County School Board Chairwoman Louise Radloff officially announced Wednesday her bid for re-election — this time as a Democrat.

Radloff was first elected to the school board in 1972, and has served as its chairwoman eight times. All of that was under the Republican banner, but, through a press release issued Wednesday, Radloff announced she was switching allegiances to pursue re-election in District 5.

“Basically, I look at the last year of legislation and beyond, the significant issues related to (school) funding and other issues ... and I just feel that the Democratic party aligns more with my beliefs about public schools,” Radloff said.

During her nearly 40 years on the school board, Radloff has also been active in organizations including the United Way, the board of health, the Salvation Army and the Gwinnett Newton Rockdale Community Service Board.

Both a middle school and a GCPS administration building bear her name.

“I work a great deal in the Meadowcreek, Norcross area,” she said Wednesday. “It’s just becoming more of an issue in adequate funding and needs for the kids ... Again I will just tell you that (the Democratic party) identifies much closer to my thinking in terms of meeting the needs of all children. And that’s what’s key.”

Radloff said she hoped voters would look at her long record of strong commitment to Gwinnett County students when considering her re-election. District 5 represents all or portions of the Berkmar, Brookwood, Meadowcreek and Parkview clusters.

“We are delighted to have Ms. Radloff switch to the Democratic Party,” said Steve Deak, the chairman of the Gwinnett Democratic Party. “She has served this county’s public school system for almost four decades and has worked tirelessly on behalf of the children of Gwinnett County.”

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R 2 years, 4 months ago

And the tide begins the return, just goes to show that politicians themselves see NO difference between the parties…

They will take money wherever it can be found. The really bad thing is that Democrats are now acting like Republicans in taking the other side’s defectors. Too bad they can’t grow some new names within.

I wonder if the Gwinnett GOP is really listening or privately manning more lifeboats.

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Jan 2 years, 4 months ago

I have known Louise Radloff for years and admired her dedication to improving our school system. This stand on principal takes courage in a county that votes republican. I admire her courage to believe the issue of school is more important than party.

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Dubbin 2 years, 4 months ago

The district she serves has demographically shifted to the Democratic party and will turn out in droves to vote for Obama in December. This is simply political survival for Radloff.

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Karl 2 years, 4 months ago

Dubbin, you have hit the proverbial nail squarely on the head.

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gwinnettresident1 2 years, 4 months ago

Your exactly correct....She knows she dosent have a chance in h*&l to win unless she has the support of the Obama voters....This is a free lunch,free ride to school, free after school, free summer school, free everything area. Need i say more...Thats the way the Democrats like it...Live off the government. Share the wealth with people that earn the money...Its their right.

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Mack711 2 years, 4 months ago

Glad you have known this Lady for as long as you have and if that is the only reason you are voting for her, then you should not vote. We need some fresh faces and ideas on this board. She has done a great job but it is time for her to leave..

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sk67391 2 years, 3 months ago

Agreed. Louise Radloff remains, as she has always been, committed to a better future for our children.

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atlga 2 years, 4 months ago

Time for Louise to retire. When you have been around that long, you are part of the problem.

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NewsReader 2 years, 4 months ago

Who didn't see that coming? Perhaps she and Jan can play shuffle board together when she is replaced in the next election. She is a staunch opponent to the Charter School Amendment just like our resident idiot, Jan. Why doesn't it surprise me that you've known and admired her for years? LOL, you two deserve each other.

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Jan 2 years, 4 months ago

Everyone, that is not financially invested in charter schools, that takes the time to check the facts are against special funding at taxpayers expense for private charter schools. The data is so clear cut that even this idiot understands it. It is a shame that too many people choose to remain ignorant, preferring to waste their time with lame insults. Maybe you could use something original like "Jan is so narrow minded, his brain would fit through the eye of a needle."

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BufordGuy 2 years, 4 months ago

What some call courage, I call stupidity.

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Jan 2 years, 4 months ago

Sorry, did not mean to ignore you. My reply to NewsReader (obviously an inappropriate name) seems would be fitting for you as well.

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Jan 2 years, 4 months ago

For those that think Gwinnett has poor schools, check out how Gwinnett schools are ranked by U. S. News and World Reports. http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/news/2012/may/09/nine-local-schools-rank-tops-in-state/ If the Charter School amendment passes, some funding of Gwinnett schools will shift to charters, requiring cuts or tax increase.

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NorcrossDot 2 years, 4 months ago

Oh yes, Gwinnett Schools "Teach to Test" As a past manager hiring these kids can't do basic math (why because it is not taught". In the real world how you do on a test does not mean you will be successful. Reality takes a big bite out of High School & College graduates. Phonics - what a joke. They can't spell, now not teaching cursive. Even in this computer age you need to know how to write. Since the Feds have gotten involve the education system has gone down, down, down. Civics not taught anymore. I could go on and on forever. Having two children in the "Special Ed" department I lost all respect for Alvin Wilbanks years ago with his statement on children with special needs. To end: I'm not sure being rank high in America's current education system mean a great deal.

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Jan 2 years, 4 months ago

But don't trade a half working system for one that has been shown to be less successful. After 20 years of scores below public schools, we have learned that private charters are a failing prospect. Don't let the greedy charter interest get it into the state constitution that they can take tax payer money with no taxpayer control.

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gwinnettresident1 2 years, 4 months ago

Teach to test is right...Give vouchers and see how many schools empty. Gwinnett would have lots of storage buildings....

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NewsReader 2 years, 4 months ago

OMG, I'm rolling on the floor laughing so hard...you just can't make this crap up. That link you posted idiot ~ that Gwinnett Daily Post article “references” the U.S. News and World Report. It is NOT the actual report, but GDP’s cherry picked story on the report. Care to guess what the #1 School on the list was for Georgia? LOL, it was the Savannah Arts Academy – A CHARTER SCHOOL! That is RICH! That is really RICH! Oh, and BTW, it made the top 100 (#87) in the nation. Then, it talks about ranking high schools within each state listing numerous Gwinnett County Schools. Being at the top of a list that is at the bottom of a list (Georgia consistently hoovers around 48th-50th) isn't much of a sound endorsement in my book. Duluth came in at #592, Norcross at #667, Parkview at #703, Peachtree Ridge at #722, Berkmar at #778, Buford at #1197 (which isn't a Gwinnett County School, but a Buford City School), Central Gwinnett at #1240, Meadowcreek at #1292, and Shiloh at #1665. None of the other schools even managed to make the National Ranks. Perhaps Obama could utilize your talent to convey "fact" over "opinion" to the rest of the nation while he's not too busy endorsing "gay marriage" when we have other very serious issues to address in this country, the least of which is the enormous ignorance of people such as yourself. And for the last time, since you appear to be learning impaired, I have never, nor will I ever, have any interest in a charter school whatsoever except to allow the good people of the State of Georgia the opportunity to control their child’s destiny instead of having a bunch of no account government bureaucrats do it for them, and to protect them from the idiocy that perpetuates from people like you. You see, all that diatribe you keep spewing is “opinion” and has absolutely no basis of “fact” whatsoever. And if the Charter School Amendment passes, we just might have more than ONE school within the state of Georgia make it into the top 100 list of schools in the nation. Dead Horse! Dead Horse!

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LoganvilleResident 2 years, 4 months ago

First of all, the methodology used to create the list dramatically favors low income/high poverty schools that have a large minority population. Many of their metrics looked at how the schools served those specific populations. Therefore, affluent schools within Gwinnett County and other metro counties had practically no chance of making the list.

Secondly, Savannah Arts Academy is NOT a charter school. So what do you have to say now? They admit students based on an academic review and audition. A charter school is not legally allowed to do those things.

Third, the list was based on a review of 21,776 schools. Therefore, if you're in the top 2,000 high schools, you are in the top 10% of schools rated nationwide.

Any more questions?

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LoganvilleResident 2 years, 4 months ago

Oh, and I forgot to add...

The Savannah Arts Academy is a school of the local school board. It is operated AND controlled by the Savannah-Chatham County School District.

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Jan 2 years, 4 months ago

A clarification - Savannah Arts Academy is a charter school operated by the public school system. It is not a private charter school. The question that will be on the ballot does not change the authorization process for public charter schools. It forces local school systems to fund private charter schools that are approved by a state charter school commission. Tax payers have no say over either the commission or the charter schools. I suggest you go back to the list and find out how many of those top ranking schools are from states that have significantly higher funding of schools. It takes money to properly equip schools and keep class sizes small enough for optimum education.

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LoganvilleResident 2 years, 4 months ago

Savannah Arts Academy has a competitive audition process as well as an academic review. You are required to have a minimum core GPA and minimum test scores for admissions.

http://internet.savannah.chatham.k12.ga.us/schools/saa/Pages/AcademicCriteria.aspx

For the purposes of what is or isn't a "charter" school, it doesn't meet the definition. Guidelines for charter schools say that they must allow for open admission and/or lottery. Since Savannah Arts Academy has academic and talent requirements for entry, they would actually be a magnet school. There is reference to them being a charter at one point but they don't appear to be now.

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LoganvilleResident 2 years, 4 months ago

U.S. News and World Reports also lists them as a "Magnet" school and not a charter school.

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LoganvilleResident 2 years, 4 months ago

My other posts disappeared. Due to academic and audition entry requirements, Savannah Arts Academy is not a charter school contrary to what wikipedia says. Even the ranking list does not consider it a charter school. It is considered a magnet school.

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BuzzG 2 years, 4 months ago

It does not matter which party she is in. This woman has had a lot to do with creating the expensive mess that Gwinnett Schools have become. It is time for her to get her gold watch and for her to please go away and leave us alone.

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lawmon 2 years, 4 months ago

It doesn't matter to me in the least bit that she switched parties, so long as she doesn't buy into the union crap. School Board members should be elected on a nonpartisan basis anyway. I want people who serve on the Board of Education to be good stewards of the money entrusted to them who can provide quality education, not party hacks.

Ms. Radloff has done a great job and has devoted her life to Gwinnett schools. I'll take her for as long as she wants to serve.

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kevin 2 years, 4 months ago

I have said this numerous time before. Do not trust any politician who gets their name on some structure or other asset. It is all about power and show off. There are many other serving employees with tenure that also deserve that honor, surely not a politician, Forty years under one employer is more than enough time. Goodby lady. Haven't you already gotten enough pension money to retire on? We don't want Liberal ideas in our life no matter what job they are in.

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Jan 2 years, 4 months ago

Don't worry. No one will accuse you of being open minded.

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Ashley 2 years, 4 months ago

She isn't part of the problem. SHE IS THE PROBLEM.

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motherinduluth 2 years, 4 months ago

School Board should be non-partisan.

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JohnPDunn 2 years, 4 months ago

She didn't leave the Republican Party. The Republican Party left her. Literally. They just movedStrong away.Emphasis

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