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Gwinnett Daily Post stories: Local Education
Aug 22, 2014
Construction company CEO to chair Gwinnett Technical College Board
Nancy Juneau, founder and CEO of Juneau Construction Company, is the new chair of the Gwinnett Technical College Board of Directors.

Aug 21, 2014
School district officials, parents seek flexibility from state mandates
All spoke in support of extending the partnership contract of Investing in Educational Excellence, or IE2, which was first approved in 2009, which has provided local schools and the school district with flexibility in 13 areas, including class size and curriculum. This flexibility was coupled with accountability targets for the five years of the contract, which ends in June 2015.

Aug 21, 2014
Gwinnett County Schools appoints new Berkmar Middle principal
Gwinnett County Public Schools on Thursday appointed a new principal at Berkmar Middle to replace Jose DeJesus, who took a position at a school district in Florida.

Aug 21, 2014
Gang activity decline continues in Gwinnett County Schools
Gang activity continues to plummet in Gwinnett County Public Schools. There were just 37 referrals related to gang activity in the last school year.

Aug 21, 2014
Ga.-PCOM participates in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Mercer School of Medicine challenged all of Georgia’s medical schools, including GA-PCOM, to the challenge. Chief Chief Campus Officer Bryan Ginn and DO Council President Bryant Giles accepted the challenge on behalf of the campus and then challenged our students to hoist an ice bucket over the heads to raise awareness for this charitable organization. The campus-wide event will take place at noon on Friday where the school will challenge our mother school in Philadelphia to the test.

Aug 21, 2014
State Board of Education to hold public meeting in Buford
Each member of the BOE has scheduled a public hearing in their congressional district in order to hear comments from interested citizens and educators regarding the performance and problems of public education.

Aug 20, 2014
Gwinnett Schools ACT results surpass state, national averages
Georgia’s average composite score on the most recent ACT results is 20.8, while the national average is 21.0. Georgia’s ACT rank has improved from 37th in 2011 to 30th this year.

Aug 20, 2014
Gwinnett School Board to have public meeting on IE2 contract
At Thursday’s Gwinnett School Board meeting, the IE2 contract is up for discussion at a public forum, while clarifications about the new gun law will be reiterated are among the items on the agenda.

Aug 20, 2014
Dacula Middle teacher invents lockdown safety device
A Dacula Middle teacher has invented a device to keep classroom doors closed in the event of a lockdown situation.

Aug 20, 2014
Dave and Buster’s gives nearly $12,000 to Berkmar, Meadowcreek, Brookwood schools
Dave and Buster’s in Duluth is giving an $11,700 in-kind donation to Berkmar, Meadowcreek, Brookwood cluster schools to use for staff recognition efforts.

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Get Schooled: APS middle school detracks. Parents react.
A parent at Jean Childs Young Middle School sent me an essay about the Atlanta middle school's decision to “detrack” this year.
I've been following the detracking fallout on Facebook where at least one Young Middle School parent announced she pulled her child out of the school because of detracking ...

Get Schooled: A year ago, almost two-thirds of Americans never heard of Common Core. Now, they have. And they don’t like what they’re hearing.
Earlier in the week, we discussed the Education Next survey on Common Core State Standards that found a spike in opposition to Common Core while seeing continued and stable support for national standards in general.
Now, a second public opinion poll released this week underscores how effective opponents of Common ...

Get Schooled: A coach's message to a losing team: "You had the whole state jumping.”
With the increasing evidence of lifelong and debilitating injuries, I'm ambivalent about competitive youth sports and even some school-based sports. (You can read the Matt Chaney blog  this week about high school football deaths to see why.)
But Atlantan Al Meyers, who writes the ReinventED Solutions blog, ...

Get Schooled: More Georgia high school students take ACT and do better on it
The 2014 ACT scores were released this week. More Georgia students are now taking the college admissions test:
•50,697 of Georgia high school graduates, an estimated 53 percent of the 2014 graduating class, took the ACT.
•From 2010–2014, the number of ACT test-taking graduates in Georgia has increased by 28.6%, ...

Get Schooled: Common Core pays price for vagueness: It is getting blamed for all manner of silliness
Robert Maranto is the 21st Century Chair in Leadership in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas. David J. Rothman is a widely published poet and critic who directs the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Western State Colorado University. He sits ...

Get Schooled: Most Americans support national standards unless they're called Common Core. Time for rebranding?
A new survey shows 68 percent of Americans support national standards – unless those standards are called Common Core.
Even then, 53 percent of Americans like the standards. However, that’s a 12 percent drop from 2013 when 65 percent supported Common Core.
A rancorous year of debate around Common Core ...

Get Schooled: Fulton school chief: Reform is not a dirty word
As he begins his fourth year leading Fulton County Schools, Superintendent Robert Avossa offers an update on the direction of district.
By Robert Avossa
Education reform might seem like a heavy topic for the start of a new school year, but that’s because we often look at it in the wrong ...

Get Schooled: As a struggling grad student, he sold shares of his future on eBay. And he proved a good investment.
Almost five years to the day, I wrote about a Clark Atlanta grad student trying to get help to finance his graduate degree.  Terrance Wyatt came up with a novel solution: Sell shares of his future on eBay. (This was in the ancient past before Kickstarter and ...

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