It is much too early to know how things will turn out with the Education Reform Commission. I have no idea how much influence, if any, I will have in the final report. Only one thing is certain: I am going to give it my best shot
The authors of the test say the AP U.S. History course is an advanced, college-level course — not an introductory U.S. history course — and is not meant to be students’ first exposure to the “fundamental narrative of U.S. history.” I think that is education-speak for saying kids should already know about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and Ray Charles.
If you are a supercilious liberal you-know-what or a sanctimonious Bible thumper, I have some good news for you. I am giving you both the week off. Enjoy it while you can. I will be back.
I am still pushing for a National Marching Band Signing Day. High School trombonists and drummers and tuba players will sit at a table with tams, shakos and Busby hats representing major college bands and then with dramatic pause select one and share with us where they intend to play for the next four years.
Allen Peake is back again with H.B. 1. He has the support of Gov. Nathan Deal (albeit with a few conditions) and House Speaker David Ralston.
For the past 15 years, I have taken the opportunity at the beginning of the New Year to share some advice — first with your dad and his cousins and now with you, my great-grandson. I hope you don’t mind and will bear with me.
I had just returned from the local toxic waste site where I had disposed of my holiday fruit cakes and was busy cramming my Christmas tree down the garbage disposal (don’t ask), when I heard a knock at the door. I figured it was the Environmental Protection Agency coming to talk to me about polluting the toxic waste site with fruit cakes.
Maybe it’s the fact that I have more days in the rearview mirror than I have ahead of me, but at this special time of year I am more aware than ever of the gift of friendships.
I loved his stories about the characters that dotted Georgia’s political landscape in his day, except he would always end with the same admonition, “Of course, you can’t print that.”
Junior said that in his opinion the most positive thing that Georgia’s Democrats can take from the elections is they only have two more years to endure Barack Obama, who makes Jimmy Carter look like George Washington.
Frank Gleason is an elfin man in his 90s with a perpetual twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face; a man who laughs as hard at his own jokes as does his audience and who scolds me for what he sees as my misguided political views.
Junior E. Lee wanted to know if you would mind greatly if he waited a week or two before giving you his take on the Georgia elections. He said everybody and his brother are going to be analyzing the bejiggers out of the election and telling us why we voted like we did even though we know why we voted like we did.
OPINION: State Sen. Jason Carter talks about his plans as governor
I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public school teachers about their respective education platforms. This week the floor belongs to Jason Carter, the Democratic challenger. Next week, it will be Republican Gov. Nathan Deal’s turn.
Last Saturday while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers that should not have been as hard as our scholar-athletes made it, former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley’s first team at UGA was recognized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. As nice as that was, more — much more — needs to be done to honor the legendary Hall of Fame coach.
This week, I was contacted by a group of deer on Jekyll Island seeking my counsel. They are in a tizzy. It seems that members of the Jekyll Island Authority have decided that there are too many of them — deer, not members of the Jekyll Island Authority — on the island and that the herd needs to be thinned out.
- Gwinnett beekeepers swarm commissioners at town hall forum
- Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful honored by Gov. Nathan Deal
- BOC not likely to revisit controversial animal control ordinance changes before July 1
- Zoning OKed for proposed Sugarloaf Mills-area apartment complex
- POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Sen. David Perdue blasts proposed federal water authority rule
- Georgia lawmakers considering pair of Lawrenceville-related bills
- Gwinnett commissioners approve clarification to previous zoning decision
- Suwanee approves special permit for pet boarding facility
- POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Isakson seeks to block micro unions from workplaces
- Gwinnett leaders seeking annual federal transit assistance
- GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Foundation honors GCPS commitment to music education
- Gwinnett Tech to host coding summer camps for kids
- Assistant superintendent leaves GCPS for school district near Seattle
- AARP Tax-Aide services at Gwinnett Tech now open on Saturdays
- Gwinnett Tech student receives $3,000 in scholarships
- Archer student wins Student of the Year award, dreams about running Chanel
- Gwinnett Tech celebrates Tree Campus USA award
- Gwinnett County Schools teachers to receive 4.38 percent raise, beginning salary up to $41,028
- In 10th year, GCPS Principal Mentor Program looks to develop guidance, curb turnover rates
- Civil rights activist, Holocaust survivor speak to Creekland Middle students