Get Schooled: Make 62-year-olds pay school taxes
Cobb resident Monty S. Levy sent me this column on the school tax exemption extended to seniors in his county. He describes himself as "a recovering real estate attorney.' He is now an investment sale broker focusing on hotel real estate.
By Monty S. Levy
I just ...
Get Schooled: Sister power: Twins are Spelman co-valedictorians
I had to share this release from Spelman College about its twin co-valedictorians. Congrats to Kristie and Kirstie Bronner:
Identical twins Kirstie and Kristie Bronner, C’2013, have been named co-valedictorians for the Spelman College Class of 2013. With a 4.0 GPA, the Bronners are the first twins to receive ...
Get Schooled: Reports of low pass rates at even top schools: Why was the state algebra test so hard?
I continue to hear from teachers about the difficulty of the state’s new End of Course Test in coordinate algebra. In its debut year, the test reflects the higher rigor infused into math by the state’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards.
I am hearing that the 2013 spring ...
Get Schooled: GOP official: Party should have taken up Common Core but message was sent: Wrong standards for Georgia
Judy Craft is a Gwinnett County resident who served on the State Resolutions Committee at the state GOP convention in Athens this past weekend representing the 7th Congressional District.
She wrote this piece in response to the failure of the GOP convention to take up a resolution opposing the Common ...
Get Schooled: APS parents urge board to delay vote on budget and larger classes
The Atlanta school board is having a "Special Legislative Meeting" today at 5. On the agenda are the adoption of a tentative budget and approval of a resolution for waiver of the state maximum class sizes. (Final vote on the budget would come June 3.)
While such class-size waivers ...
Get Schooled: Obama at Morehouse: Use your power for a purpose
Here are some passages from President Barack Obama’s commencement address today at Morehouse College. Link here for the full speech, which is worth sharing with your students and your children:
Excerpts of Obama's address:
I see some good looking hats on the moms and grandmas here today. Which ...
Get Schooled: New spin on the dog ate my homework: I was kidnapped
This seems an extreme way to avoid telling your parents that you failed a college course: "I was kidnapped."
The AJC has a story about a Johns Creek student who resorted to faking his own kidnapping to dodge having to explain a failing college grade to his parents.
I know ...
Get Schooled: Teacher: Stop making excuses and take control
A veteran music educator in Pennsylvania, teacher B.C. Tozer recently self published a book about his philosophy of teaching, “The Four C's of Successful Teaching: Consistency, Contingency, Compassion and Courage.” I thought this essay he wrote based on his book and sent to the AJC was interesting and wanted to ...