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SurelyNot 8 months, 4 weeks ago on State withdraws from test development consortium

@pcjohn: don't use academic ranking among states as a good or reliable measure, as the variables are so great from state to state and between tests, there is no way to accurately compare. There is no way to compare geographic locales because there is no way to ensure exposure/opp to take the tests is the same. You would have to write a comparison with so many controls it would be impossible to meet the requirements of the controls. The SAT is a perfect example. The NE schools have forever controlled who took the SAT- encouraging the tests for highest achieving students only...those who are truly college bound. In Ga everyone is provided regis materials and in many cases the students do not have to individually pay for the test, as opposed to districts in other state who do not pay for any tests for students. So, the economically advantaged take the SAT, ACT, etc. Economic status, parents' educational levels, etc. are variables that affect predicted test scores. You cannot possibly control the groups to compare apples to apples.

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SurelyNot 8 months, 4 weeks ago on Ivy Prep announces new leaders

Oh. I hope someone is watching the way these charters keep their non profit status. Watch how they spend the money and see who is really profiting from the non profit. The positions of one are so entangled, it will require forensic accountant.

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SurelyNot 9 months ago on State withdraws from test development consortium

Dare we ask how much has already been spent on PARCC -- all components of trying to "sell" it to educators and the public? The two years have to have been costly. What a mess.

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SurelyNot 9 months, 1 week ago on New contractors cutting the grass along Gwinnett roads

Good question! Last year the landscaper did part of it, then missed a huge part of it around Bethesda Rd exit and then did some more...crazy. A small problem in today's world, but noticeable if you drive it every day. Reagan has been an interesting drive ever since it opened...bike trails, then no bike trails, nice plants along middle, then taken out up around Eastside...nice plantings, then no attention to them....thought there was an design and plan when it was built to be a "parkway"... it was "sold" to the public as a "parkway" and that it would be taken care of.

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SurelyNot 9 months, 2 weeks ago on Ethics allegations filed against Kautz

Leadership Gwinnett should be perfect use of gov funds. The participants make significant contacts and have a deeper understanding of the functions of many facets of public and private entities. I also don't think anyone would have objected if it weren't for all of Kautz's other problems.

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SurelyNot 9 months, 2 weeks ago on Ethics allegations filed against Kautz

I wish Mayor Kautz's family would advise her to resign and get her priorities in order. She is on a slippery slope to disbarment.

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SurelyNot 9 months, 3 weeks ago on Teen, parents charged in wreck that killed 17-year-old

I feel total sympathy for everyone involved in this, especially the family of the deceased teen. There was a time in GC when this was almost a weekly occurance, back in the 80s and 90s. DB, your comment is ridiculous. The parents of the boy who went driving, may or may not have given permission. Teens will be teens. They do stupid things and the price is sometimes the ultimate. The driver will pay the price and so will his parents and their lives are changed as that of the passenger's family. Accidents and tragedies happen and they are just that: tragedies. God give peace to all of them. And I do not agree the driver's parents were apathetic. You do not know the way a question was posed to them. You know in your good mind they are torturing themselves.

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SurelyNot 9 months, 3 weeks ago on I-85 toll lane reaches all-time high

Riding down I-85 S when there is NO traffic slowdown, there are still people who drive in the HOT lane. Why? Can't figure it out. Maybe the two cents charge? Maybe some personal ego thing? But the truth of the matter is, we are our own worst enemies. We use the HOT lane. So...why not (from the gov perspective). And Kevin makes a great point--free pass?

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SurelyNot 10 months ago on Unemployment at 8.3 percent, as labor force grows

Our unemployment is much higher than Florida and I bet it is much higher than many states where the ease of getting welfare and the EBT card is less. People there seek the jobs that ARE available rather than taking the handouts. Our state is known all over as Easy Welfare Georgia.

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