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Gwinnett Daily Post stories: Local Education
Oct 29, 2014
Challenger in School Board race questions unanimous votes, incumbent cites success
The Gwinnett County Board of Education District 4 race pits incumbent Robert McClure against challenger Zachary Rushing.

Oct 28, 2014
At Broad Prize celebration, School Board names district office after J. Alvin Wilbanks | VIDEO | PHOTOS
Gwinnett County Public Schools celebrated its latest Broad Prize at a community event at the district office on Tuesday night, as members from the Broad Foundation unveiled the award.

Oct 25, 2014
School lunch menus for the week of Oct. 27
This week’s lunch menu for Gwinnett County Public Schools.

Oct 25, 2014
GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Parkview Marine JROTC receives honor award
The Parkview High Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps was recently honored by the Gwinnett County Board of Education for being designated a Naval Honor School by the Commanding General Training and Education Command at Quantico, Va.

Oct 24, 2014
Collins Hill High reports 1,100 students absent after text threat
A text threat that circulated around social media is believed to be the reason 36 percent of students were absent on Friday from Collins Hill High.

Oct 24, 2014
Gwinnett County Schools to have Broad Prize celebration
Gwinnett County Public Schools will celebrate its Broad Prize victory on Tuesday evening with local dignitaries, school officials, teachers, parents and students.

Oct 23, 2014
Diva foundation helps Shiloh High students attend homecoming
A former Shiloh Elementary and Shiloh Middle student now at Woodward Academy started a foundation last year to donate dresses, hair and makeup services to three Shiloh High students with high GPAs, community involvement and teacher recommendations who wouldn’t otherwise go to homecoming this Saturday.

Oct 23, 2014
Brookwood High reports 400 students absent after second email threat
About 400 Brookwood High students were absent on Thursday following a second email threat to staff. The school will have additional police presence the rest of the week.

Oct 22, 2014
Gwinnett high school beefs up security following email threat
Brookwood High has additional police presence at the school on Wednesday after several staff members received an email threat on Tuesday.

Oct 22, 2014
In Gwinnett, Gov. Nathan Deal outlines education reform plan | VIDEO
Gov. Nathan Deal outlined his plans for education on Wednesday morning before a group of legislators, Georgia Board of Education members and other state education leaders at the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology.


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Oct 30, 2014
Richard Woods: We must seek an approach that tailors instruction to each individual student
Georgia is one of only 13 states that still elects its state school superintendent, and that important decision will fall to voters on Nov. 4. The volatility of the races for Georgia governor and U.S. Senate has overshadowed the superintendent contest,, so we asked Republican Richard Woods and Democrat Valarie Wilson to share their visions for the state’s public schools. In their responses, we asked them to address two general areas:
1. How can what you do as state school superintendent affect a fourth grader in Hancock County or a high school freshman in Ringgold?
2. At the end of your four [More]

Oct 30, 2014
Valarie Wilson: If we expect students to do more, can’t settle for shorter calendar, crowded classes
Georgia is one of only 13 states that still elects its state school superintendent, and that important decision will fall to voters on Tuesday.
The volatility of the races for Georgia governor and U.S. Senate has overshadowed the superintendent contest,, so we asked Republican Richard Woods and Democrat Valarie Wilson to share their visions for the state’s public schools. In their responses, we also asked them to address two general areas:
1. How can what you do as state school superintendent affect a fourth grader in Hancock County or a high school freshman in Ringgold?
2. At the end of your four years [More]

Oct 29, 2014
Parents have right to overreact to Ebola fears. Do schools?
Parents have a right to keep their children out of school due to fears over Ebola, even if those fears are unfounded.
However, I’m not sure schools have a right to act on those unfounded fears and banish students or teachers from the classroom.
We may see the question addressed in a lawsuit out of Connecticut where a school district refused to allow a third-grader return to school after she attended a wedding in Nigeria, a country declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization.
Her father is suing the Milford district for banning the child from school, noting the family was never [More]

Oct 28, 2014
Baseball and teaching: Why simplistic measures of performance strike out in both professions
University of Georgia professor Peter Smagorinsky compares baseball and teaching in this essay. He explains how judging winning performances in both professions defies conventional measures and simplistic approaches.
If you have time between innings of the World Series tonight, take a look.
By Peter Smagorinsky
With the World Series upon us, let us turn to baseball. In “Moneyball,” author Michael Lewis provides a close look into the management of baseball teams, in particular how scouts and executives evaluate players. Traditionally, baseball men have relied on three offensive statistics—batting average, home runs, and runs batted in—as the three principal indicators of production and value.
In [More]

Oct 28, 2014
Giving Deal credit for improvements in DeKalb Schools: Smart political strategy or dumb move?
The last weeks of political races, especially close ones, produce of flurry of testimonials on behalf of candidates. In his contest against Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter, Gov. Nathan Deal earned two from GOP House members Mike Jacobs and Ed Lindsey.
The willingness of Republican House members to rally around their party leader is expected. However, it’s interesting Jacobs and Lindsey cited DeKalb County schools as evidence of Deal’s effectiveness. I’m not sure the lawmakers will find agreement on that point among parents.
It is fair to describe the school situation in DeKalb as shaky; the movement by neighborhoods to [More]

Oct 28, 2014
America sends far too many kids to college. They graduate with debt but few career-ready skills
Peter Morici is an economist and professor at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, and a national columnist. He tweets @pmorici1 .
By Peter Morici
The U.S. economy remains locked in mediocre growth and increasing inequality. To help break that cycle, federal and state governments should cut funding and student assistance at colleges and universities and redirect resources and students into vocational programs.
The U.S. economy supports many well-paying jobs at the top in technology, industry and finance. And it creates many more jobs at the bottom for folks that serve the “better off” at restaurants and in health spas, but [More]

Oct 27, 2014
Governor’s race: Carter has to clarify stand on HOPE. Deal has to make amends with teachers. Did either do so last night?
I watched the WSB-TV gubernatorial debate last night in which Democrat Jason Carter and Republican Nathan Deal had several fractious exchanges over the HOPE Scholarship and education spending.
In what was their final debate before the Nov. 4 election, the candidates spent too much time challenging the other’s facts and too little elaborating on their own platforms. Libertarian Andrew Hunt stayed above the fray, refusing to get drawn into the squabble.
Based on the emails and conversations I’m having with voters, Carter needs to be clearer on HOPE, and Deal needs to tone down the rhetoric on his education spending at a [More]

Oct 24, 2014
Why don’t you ever post videos of teachers attacking students?
A reader sent me a chastising email I don’t post enough about teachers gone bad. He cited a recent spate of videos – many of which appeared on news websites – that show educators “attacking” students.  He queried, “Why don’t you ever post the videos?”
Here’s why. We have no idea what’s going on in most of them.
Most are short clips of a longer incident. For instance, a grainy video making the rounds this week appears to show an administrator pushing a teen to the floor. We don’t know what happened before the two figures enter the video frame. There’s no [More]


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