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South African leader Nelson Mandela dies at 95 December 5, 2013
There will just be more applications for free/reduced lunches. And with very few of these applications scrutinized, checked & verified, more will be on the free/reduced program. So they won't make that much extra by raising the lunch prices. Now, if there was someone in charge of verifying all the information on these applications, it would be amazing how many truly qualify.
Back in the late 80's and early 90's GCPS started school the 3rd Mon. in August and ended anywhere between June 5 & 10. Not a big deal. Now the big deal is to have school end by Memorial Day. Not a great idea & exactly why does school need to end that early? Schools are getting CRCT scores the last couple of days of schools and parents have vacation plans on hold as to whether or not their child has to go to summer school. They don't want teachers to come back after Memorial Day for some reason, but there's no problem having teachers return Jan. 2 and have the kids return that week for just 2 days, Thurs. & Friday. There's no way GCPS will ever move the first day of school to Sept. but a later date in Aug. could be logical. Really, the school calendar needs to be an issue at the area board meetings in the spring. Since parents have the opportunity to provide input about the curriculum/textbooks and changes, there should be input on the calendar as well. Will that ever happen? Most likely, not.
This is an article mainly about enrollment surging. What do they expect when school starts so early? Some parents are still moving, some unaware that school started here Aug. 6, some children were still visiting the non-custodial parent in another state because that parent is a teacher whose school year ends mid-June, there are countless reasons, but not good excuses, for a student starting late. And when a student starts late, the days they miss don't count against them because their first day present is their enrollment date. If there were less time off at Thanksgiving, no day off for Election Day, and if school was in session the entire week of Dec. 17, it would be possible for the high school students to still take semester 1 exams before Christmas and schools could start the 2nd Monday in August instead of the first. It would be ideal if we could at least have all GA schools starting on the same date, but we don't live in an ideal world.
Used to be students would return on the third Monday in August and end sometime between June 6 and 10. Not any more, unfortunately. It's all about the high school schedule. Students must take their first semester exams before leaving for Christmas/winter break. Still, it is possible to achieve that goal without students starting the first Mon. in August.
Having the entire week off for Thanksgiving is not necessary. That was done because of high absences on the Wed. before T'giving, and it was concluded that to have students come to school on just Mon. & Tues. didn't make sense. Really? In this year's calendar students return after winter break on Thurs. Jan. 3 for just 2 days. Other county schools return Monday. Does it make sense to have students return to school on a Thursday?
Teachers had to work election day July 31 so why not have election day Nov. 6 as a school day? Change 2 early release days for conferences into one day off for conferences.
Too many logical suggestions that make sense won't happen. Impossible to please all the people.
Correct that the federal government does not set the school calendar, each county's local school district sets their own calendar. However, starting the first Monday in August does have its disadvantages. We live in a very transient society and several students miss the first 2-4 weeks of school because of moving. There are actually parents who are unaware of the early start date in Georgia; several northern states do not start school until late Aug. or right after Labor Day. Although parents should do their homework and check out everything about the school before or during a move, that doesn't always happen. Also, many school systems operate on a flex schedule or close on Friday's during the summer to save on the electric bill. How do they save money on electricity when the a/c has to be run full force by returning so early in August? It would also be helpful for the metro Atlanta counties to work together regarding the school calendar and have the same start date, Christmas break & spring break. It creates a hardship when school employees who live in another county have children on a different school schedule. Years ago the metro county practice was for students to begin on the third Monday in August, always have the first full week of April as spring break, but that is no longer followed. When students move from one county to the next some of them have already been in attendance for a month, or a week and some not at all.
As far as the 180 days, of course that is not enough, but the school districts are already struggling with the budget for those days, adding to the school calendar is financially a nightmare, in spite of the fact that it may be a wonderful education decision.
What can be changed is the school calendar; having an across the board metro county calendar that truly reflects what is best for students is a goal that should be attained, not just dreamed about.
It would be extremely difficult to enforce banning all alcohol. Already, alcohol is not permitted in the Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds on Lake Lanier. But to ban alcohol on boats is not realistic and it it were to pass, there will always be those willing to take the risk. Just like people run the red light and text while driving. More realistic would be to pass a law that all those under age 21 must wear a life preserver after sunset. Once visibility has decreased on the lake at night, then cautionary measures must be increased. If the state can pass a law requiring seatbelts in cars and helmets on motorcycle drivers, then they can pass a law requiring life preservers.
Unfortunately, the parents of the 2 boys are suffering the worst tragedy ever - it might help to have something good come of such overwhelming & heartbreaking loss. One can only hope that love & support of family and friends will be with them every step of their grief journey.
Well said Lilburn Lady! Especially: "We have not upheld our duties as citizens and voters in Gwinnett County and it is we who should be ashamed. We have let down ourselves and our children through our apathy and indifference to our responsibilities as citizens." Look at the number of registered voters vs. the number who actually voted. That says alot right there. When 10% of voters get out & vote, that is considered a "good turn-out". It is deplorable. A limited few are making decisions that affect the entire county. When was the last time at 40-50% of voters voted? That is what the target should be, at the very least. Perhaps as a result of these scandals it will finally take away some of the apathy and have voters returning to the polls to make educated decisions.
What a heart warming article about an amazing teenager and her very courageous family. It is extremely difficult to find the strength & ability to pick up your life after the death of a child, but her family has turned their grief into an opportunity to carry on Taylor's legacy. It is so sad that a tragedy has to occur before someone realizes how important it is to make a difference in this world. You will find that most admirable causes have a tragic story behind them and how admirable of those affected by the tragedy to rise above it. And how amazing of Taylor to deal with cancer and in the midst of that, not just focus on herself, but extend herself to reach out to those in similar situations. It gives us hope to read inspiring stories and get to "know" Taylor and her family. Thank you for writing this article and hope to read more similar stories.
Never mind voting at 18 - what about driving at 16? They are allowed possession of a vehicle at the young age of 16. Once they have a driver's license, they have the freedom and thought process that they can drive, drink, whatever. Voting & driving priveledge should be the same age - 18. Most kids are going to drink - no matter what age, they are going to figure out a way, and having the drinking age at 21 makes it very tempting to think, well, I can drive, I can vote, I can be in the military, so what, might as well have a drink too. The more forbidden something is, the more tempting it is to take a risk.
Maybe more dogs would not be put to sleep if prospective owners could "touch more than 2 pets per visit". Yes, you have that right. When someone goes to the shelter, they walk around, choose a dog or cat to visit with, go to the "bonding room", then the dog or cat is brought in there. If for whatever reason the adult believes that pet is not a good match, then he/she can choose only one more animal to visit with in the bonding room. Once you've touched 2 animals, that's it. You can come back another day. That's what happened to us & we were told that's the policy. Fortunately, because the 2nd kitten we saw yowled & scratched the employee, and then the kitten had to be re-evaluated to see if it could be adopted, they made an exception and let us visit with one more cat. We decided he was a match for us. We were able to take him home that day (Saturday) because he was already neutered. There's another problem; probably most adoptive families go to the shelter on a Saturday, hoping to bring home a cat or dog that day, have the weekend with the new pet, then go to work on Monday. Well, if the dog or cat is not spayed or neutered, you don't take him/her home. They get fixed on Monday, then the owner can take time off from work on Tuesday to pick up the pet. So the best bet is go to the shelter on a Thursday before 3:30 (yes, take time off from work), be sure you only touch 2 animals, if it needs to be fixed it can be done on Friday (Mon/Fri the only spay/neuter days) and then the pet can be taken home Saturday. Whew! Some shelters have an outdoor area where you can play with the pet outside, and they don't have a touch only 2 policy. I hope that policy is being closely examined. And when you look on the website of the dogs available, it does not list whether or not that animal is already spayed or neutered. That would be handy information. The "touch 2 animals only" policy is not on the website either. The shelter near Winder is the only one in Gwinnett and a long drive for some people, so if they don't choose the first or second pet, they're not going to go back again.
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