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The Georgia Institute of Technology faces the highest tuition hike of 31 institutions, at 9 percent. Photo Credit: Patch File Photo
Susan April 17, 2014 at 01:47 pm
Why don't they take it out of the Football programs and support education in the colleges, insteadRead More of punishing the academic programs. Seems sport is a million dollar money machine that could be helping with more than publicity.
Turner Field in Atlanta. File|Patch
RFZZZZZ April 10, 2014 at 07:39 am
Some days no matter what one tries, things don't always go the way one had planned. Just ask theRead More Archbishop.
Allah Tabul April 10, 2014 at 07:41 am
'flame retardant'? Some stupid liberal will probably try to change that to 'flame handicapped'.
wmsmom April 13, 2014 at 09:15 pm
No, the name doesn't need to change when it's used in the proper context. Your thoughts areRead More handicapped though, if that helps?
Some DeKalb County teachers are reportedly unhappy with a $750 penalty clause in the new contracts. File|Patch
Lorri Connor April 2, 2014 at 10:08 pm
GDFO and Laura...Where to even start? I'll go out on a limb and guess that neither of you have everRead More taught. Your comments are typical of the uninformed. Do you REALLY think this issue is as simple as teachers wanting the freedom to capriciously change their minds and break a contract? You cannot be THAT obtuse! Perhaps some "homework" is in order. I don't have the energy or motivation to school either of you in the debacle that is the DCSD. The facts are readily available at the DeKalb School Watch 2 website or you can simply Google it. However, neither of you will bother of course, because it's easier to run your mouth...like drool running out of a toddler's mouth. Mindless chatter at best. If a piece of paper that says "We reserve the right to pay you anything we feel like, and change your salary for any reason at all, AND we're NOT going to tell you how many days we're hiring you for," sounds like a contract to you then I'm guessing that neither of you are lawyers, either. Oh yeah, and those young teachers you're so excited about? They'll be gone within 5 years. That's a fact. So, DeKalb will become simply a clearing house for newbies who want to "try out teaching," like a new outfit, and when they get a taste of the disrespect the two of you have dished up, they'll find something that pays infinitely more money and requires far less time and effort and the likes of you two will be a BIG part of the reason that happens. You must be so proud.
DM April 3, 2014 at 03:21 pm
gdfo Its clear that you are clueless with respect to your business knowledge. Yes if you buy a carRead More you can return it as long as it is done within the first 30 days of buying it. The dealer gets paid from the bank you signed the contract with 30 days later, that’s when your loan gets booked in the banks system and a account number is issued. By your lack of car buying knowledge it’s clear that you are riding around in a car that’s worth 1.00 and you owe 10000.00. The same goes for divorce, have you ever heard of a little word called “annulment”. Now with respect to teachers! Georgia is a write to work state therefore contracts are non-binding. I have seen the Deklab County teachers contract and it is one sided, the county needs to stop being a low budget county and pay teachers what they should get pain. People are leaving because most are tired of dealing with parents on public assistance, parents that are uneducated, unsafe schools, low pay and unsafe working conditions. As tax payers how can one take short cuts on their kids education! The teachers need to unionize! Laura If you did your research you would find that teachers are not government workers and their benefits are below industry standards. Example 1: teachers have a $6000.00 deductable before any out of pocket is met. Example 2: an average teacher makes 36000.00 per year in Deklab County that’s 1384.00 every 2 weeks. After taxes they bring home about 800.00 every 2 weeks or 1600.00 a month. How can a younger teacher (as you stated) with student loans live off that and afford medical benefits offered by the county? How can a family live off that? Think before you speak, it’s clear that you don’t have all the facts!
Lorri Connor April 3, 2014 at 06:45 pm
DM- You hit it right on the head. Dealing with stagnant pay for a decade is one thing, but dealingRead More with the extreme degree of ignorance along with the accompanying disrespect and pure viciousness that permeates the air whenever the topic of teachers comes up is what has done it for me. Buh-bye, DeKalb. Didn't sign that rag they call a contract and happily sat and watched the 5 PM deadline come and go this evening. There's NOWHERE to go but up from here!
The Tech Tower on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Courtesy Georgia Tech Facebook page
Susan March 28, 2014 at 09:03 am
Now if Georgia can get some jobs for these grads. Only 2 companies in the last engineering job fairRead More were from Georgia. Sad we send our best out of state!
petluvr March 28, 2014 at 10:39 am
Yeah GT!
Road Scholar March 29, 2014 at 09:18 am
Not all Tech grads can stay here in Georgia.We are spread across the world! Another result of theirRead More enrollment policy and the needs of the world! When you are one of the best, non Georgians want you. When I was looking for a job , I had a few out of state firms state that they would like to add a GT grad to their staff. Cross "pollination" I guess!
Author wites, "It seems unfortunate that in a time when schools must evolve to prepare students for the high-tech 21st century, the traditional 6.5 hours, 180 days, agricultural driven school day reigns in APS' elementary schools." Credit: morgueFile
Meagan Ann Boeff March 26, 2014 at 09:07 am
Why not have extended day for elementary schools? Because you are talking about 5-10 year oldRead More children. If our elementary school children attend school 8 hours per day, the same number of hours an adult works a job, what makes school different from child labor? Of course a child in school longer will learn more testable skills. But at some point, we need to support the parts of learning that aren't testable and happen outside of the classroom. We are talking about 5-10 year old children after all.
Susie Fellows March 26, 2014 at 10:36 am
Speaking as a teacher who has been an APS teacher at a school with extended day for five years, IRead More would like to offer some insight for those of you who are not teachers. Commenting on how "elementary school teachers are over paid... This is a personnel matter and therefore, not relevant to the question of extended day" I actually beg to differ. I just signed my contract for my 6th year of teaching and am making less than I did my first year of teaching (because of pay freezes and furlough days). I work three different jobs after school every day and on the weekends just so that I can continue to have teaching as my main profession. I live in someone's basement and have a very simple lifestyle because of my unfortunate salary. If you think $30,000 take-home pay a year is enough to live off of without any other jobs to supplement, I would love for someone to come live a week in my life and see if they aren't frustrated with the salary of an elementary school teacher. How are salary and extended day related? As much as I love my job, I could be making so much more money at any of my other jobs. So being underpaid and knowing I could make more elsewhere often tempts me to look at other professions where the time put in yields the appropriate monetary output. Will I continue to teach for as long as I can financially keep things afloat? Yes. Is it a huge sacrifice that every teacher wants to make? No. I know many parents love extended day, but I would also ask any of these parents if they've ever seen a classroom of children at 2:30 P.M. As much as I can conduct a song and dance to keep their attention for almost 8 hours, the amount of learning actually taking place starts to rapidly decline after 2:00 P.M. The concept of extended day might be more appropriate for middle and high schools, but children ages 5-11 cannot developmentally handle that long of a school day. I just wanted to offer another point of view, as many teachers wouldn't be as up front as I have been about how they really feel. As you're fighting the good fight for extended day, think about who's actually going to be doing the work and how that will affect their lives.
janh999 March 27, 2014 at 08:18 am
I am not in favor of extended day & Im sorry if I made that impression. I am in favor of theRead More administration using their heads & common sense to figure out their budget. We don't need the money going to unnecessary things, common core assessments or to extended days for younger children & Yes, teachers deserve more money. That's why I said cut administrators pay & increase teacher's pay.
Lisa Jamison. (Photo courtesy Atlanta Public Schools.)
Octo Slash March 25, 2014 at 08:56 am
They should give an award to every APS employee who isn't a corruption-consumed cheater or overpaidRead More fraud committer. They'd have to buy maybe 3 trophies per year.
Grady High School. (Patch photo by Hunt Archbold.)
Mary Jones March 22, 2014 at 02:39 pm
Yes! Lock those parents up and throw away the key! How dare they help their sons go to play for aRead More better football program!
Ken Brown March 22, 2014 at 03:49 pm
Whoa wait just a minute, I thought this was made legal 40-50 Yrs ago by Coach Waymon Creel (may HeRead More rest in Peace) @ Lakeside [He recruited from all N.Ga. for players ]
Brett March 23, 2014 at 03:54 pm
Mary - nah, let's reward the parents for teaching the kids the important skills of lying andRead More cheating. Rules shouldn't apply to good football players - amiright?
Atlanta Public Schools' Athletic Director Jeff Beggs. Credit: YouTube screen shot
Stephen W. Ramsden March 11, 2014 at 09:45 am
just wasted an hour of my life reading this disgusting portrait of what the "win at anyRead More cost" mentality has done to our high school system in this state and let me tell you, it is disgusting. I don't even know what to say about these "parents" and "coaches". I just hope that some of these kids can see beyond the ridiculously self absorbed BS that they are being force fed about their pro-football careers, etc... enough to go out and enjoy the reality of what can REALLY happen in their lives if they get an actual academic education. What a disgrace.
Reality March 12, 2014 at 11:56 am
The bigger disgrace is that APS is slow to do anything and we have yet another loser group of APSRead More board members elected by our peers and we accept it versus standing up and demanding action. Another controversy under yet another APS superintendent. Davis is no better than Hall. Yes there should be jail time for the parents and coaches so maybe the next thug parents and crooked coaches will think twice and in my family and peer group we do not applaud cheaters getting in state tuition when they should not nor are our children taught this. We are the parents standing in line at grady with our notarized documents doing the right thing when we register our children even though we live in the district and can see grady from our front porch so no we will not just accept it Mr Julio! We expect and demand all are treated equally and if I have to show papers for my child then so should all and somebody with a brain at grady better be reading the documents as a five year old could have caught these fake papers!
Reality March 12, 2014 at 12:01 pm
Of course when our own state allowed the illegal student at Kennesaw to stay in the country and goRead More to our school without being here legally that sent another wrong message and hopefully voters will remember that and vote all of those involved out . I am sure if I wanted my child to go to school in France, Germnay, Italy or Mexico she would need proper papers and could not be there illegally ! So the issue is not just sports,it is leaders that are weak on illegal immigration, over zealous coaches, crooked parents and the system in general but when the general population rolls over and takes it, it will continue That is the most disgusting part! So yes , jail time is required for all of the above infractions and little Ms Kennesaw should have a one way ticket back to her homeland!
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