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Group protests outside Gwinnett school

SNELLVILLE -- On a school furlough day, a group of educators protested sequestration in Washington, worried it could lead to more days of closed schools.

Donna Aker, president of the Gwinnett County Association of Educators, joined with members of Georgia Fair Share outside Britt Elementary School, calling for U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall to agree on a new budget deal, avoiding $83 billion in across-the-board cuts.

"At a time when our economy is recovering too slowly and millions are still out of work, it is unconscionable that Congress would yet again ask middle class families to bear the cost of balancing the budget, rather than asking corporations to pay their fair share," said Georgia Fair Share organizer Jason Pfeifle, who said about $28.6 million will be cut from K-12 education funding in Georgia statewide.

The impact to Gwinnett County Public Schools is expected to be about $3.4 million.

Instead of cuts, the group advocates for generating more revenue by closing corporate tax loopholes.

"It's simply wrong to allow companies like GE and Facebook to cash-in their tax rebates on billions of untaxed dollars in profits while simultaneously cutting funding for vital education programs for low-income children," Pfeifle said. "It's not too late to do the right thing."

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NewsReader 1 year, 1 month ago

You're right. It's not to late to do the right thing. I think we can start by FIRING all of you!

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NorcrossDot 1 year, 1 month ago

I totally agree with you NewsReader. Also get the Feds out of the now failed education system.

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Sandykin 1 year, 1 month ago

Great plan. Let's tax the evil corporations like GE and Facebook more, so that everyone can pay more for light bulbs and put up with even more spam ads on facebook. That's what they'll have to do so they can pay the increased tax and still produce the bottom line profit their shareholders want to see. Good grief, prices have risen enough. My wallet can't take it. Can we at least be selective and only raise taxes for corporations that produce goods or services I don't need, want or use?

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kevin 1 year, 1 month ago

The solution would have been easy to decide. Stop voting for Liberals you idiots.

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trooper59 1 year, 1 month ago

The protest was directed at Rob Woodall, a Republican. He voted yes on the sequestration that caused the furlough. Last I checked, Rob Woodall does not identify as a liberal.

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NorcrossDot 1 year, 1 month ago

Then they should have been protesting OBAMA. He designed the sequestration and made sure the things the public would notice were targeted. Therefore they should be protesting the liberals.

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trooper59 1 year, 1 month ago

That's incorrect. The sequestration is actually one of the only pieces of bi-partisan legislation we've seen pass in some time. The idea of an automatic budget cut was presented by the White House, but the details of the cuts were established by congress.

The House passed the Budget Control Act on August 1, 2011 by a vote of 269–161. 174 Republicans and 95 Democrats voted for it, while 66 Republicans and 95 Democrats voted against it.

The Senate passed the Act on August 2, 2011 by a vote of 74–26. 6 Democrats and 19 Republicans voted against it.

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LilburnsFuture 1 year, 1 month ago

Obama represents the White House. He is a Democrat leader who signed the bi-partisan Democrat majority Senate sequestration into law.

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R 1 year, 1 month ago

No he didn't didn't cause the furlough... Those have been around for YEARS now.

The cause for Furloughs are a LOT closer to home right down I-85 south. Maybe even overspending on a land deal or two...

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JV 1 year, 1 month ago

"...who said about $28.6 million will be cut from K-12 education funding in Georgia statewide."

Government Advertises for Nearly 2,600 New Jobs Since Sequestration http://pjmedia.com/blog/government-advertises-for-nearly-2600-new-jobs-since-sequestration/

Feds Spend $1.5 Million to Study Why Lesbians Are Fat

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/feds-spend-15-million-study-why-lesbians-are-fat

Pew: For Every 10 Americans, Only 3 Trust The Government http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/03/11/pew-for-every-10-americans-only-3-trust-the-government/

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jack 1 year, 1 month ago

Would Mr. Pfeifle, or one of the other three or so members of Georgia Fair Share, explain exactly what one's "fair share" is and who gets to determine that?

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R 1 year, 1 month ago

If you have any, its NOT fair!!

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toby 1 year, 1 month ago

Why not reduce the amount of administrators in the schools. I went to school with 1 principal and 1 assistant principal. School ran great. Now you have assistants for the assistants. And they make a butt load of money too. Get the federal government out of our local schools. Everything they touch ends up in a mess. And for the kids that just can't grasp the concept of learning, the world still needs ditch diggers. There's nothing wrong with that.

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NorcrossDot 1 year, 1 month ago

Absolutely, most of the administrators were bad classroom teachers they promoted up. Remember the "Peter Principle" When I went to school in the 50's there was a Elementary 1st -6th Principal and a high school 7th -12th Principal. The high school also had a secretary. Period. To my knowledge all who graduated could read, write and do math. Not so these days.

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SickandTired 1 year, 1 month ago

Completely agree with Toby. BTW, has Alvin offered to take a pay cut? His salary is ridiculous for a glorified shop teacher. NGHS has a "discipline prinicipal". His main job is to confiscate cell phones, go through text messages to "get something on the kids", and hand out tardy slips. I would bet Mr. S is making well over $50K. Not to mention the guidance counselors are for the most part completely useless and no help at all.

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Gwinnettsince1991 1 year, 1 month ago

This might end up being the laziest administration on record.

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Why_not 1 year, 1 month ago

For all those that have less than good things to say about our school system....just look around metro Atlanta and then compare what we have here to the systems in other counties. Ours is excellent compared to others.

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R 1 year, 1 month ago

And you are smarter than most houseplants ... Do you feel better now? Didn't think so

(Smiles)

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SickandTired 1 year, 1 month ago

....yes the GCPS would be considered excellent IF you believe everything Wilbanks' says. For example JAW throws out a county graduation rate of over 80% when in reality the GCPS graduation rate is considerably lower. In 2011 it was 67.56%. Heck, Hall county has a better rate than Gwinnett.

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raah 1 year, 1 month ago

It is amazing that folks can't see what the bureaucrats are doing to the voters. The sequestration is estimated to be 2.3% of the federal budget, but the proggers in D.C. are cutting hugh amounts out of high visibility budgets such as defense and education. If we add up all of the money that is talked about for axing, it is a hugh amount more than 2.3%. If we cut research into the mating habits of caterpillars, and other silly grants, it would not be necessary to cut important funds...

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atlgaborn4life 1 year, 1 month ago

The furlough days have been on the school calendar for 3-4 years due to recession, not sequestration.

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SickandTired 1 year, 1 month ago

Just to clarify.....caterpillars do not mate! caterpillars are immature. Butterflies do the mating. The brain of a butterfly is about the size of a pinpoint. So they don't have very complicated love affairs :D

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