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Senator Judson Hill (R) East Cobb
Smyrnan April 19, 2014 at 12:13 pm
Bill Press on Mon, Kevin Foley on Fri.
Smyrnan April 19, 2014 at 12:20 pm
ALEC State Chairmen "are appointed by the National Chairman. All Private Sector State ChairmenRead More are appointed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) State Chairman, and confirmed by both the Chairman of ALEC's "Private Enterprise Board," (ALEC Corporations), and the Chairman of its "Public Sector Board," (ALEC Politicians). Each ALEC State Chairman shall appoint a Private Sector State Chairman to serve concurrently with the State Chairman. . . . State Chairmen duties shall include recruiting new members, WORKING TO ENSURE INTRODUCTION OF MODEL LEGISLATION, suggesting task force membership, establishing state steering committees, planning issue events, and working with the Private Enterprise State Chairman to raise and oversee expenditures of legislative 'scholarship' funds." Georgia: (2011) Rep. Josh S. Clark (R) Sen. Judson H. Hill (R) Michael Wall, Comcast
Smyrnan April 19, 2014 at 12:24 pm
Georgians must know that their legislation is being written and proposed by the American LegislativeRead More Exchange Council (ALEC). It you're not aware of this organization then you are voting in ignorance.
JM Hurricane April 18, 2014 at 10:57 am
Saute diced garlic & onions with olive oil. Mash 1 can of chickpeas by hand or processor. PourRead More in saute with chickpeas. Add sea salt. If you want to get fancy dash paprika & fresh lemon on top. Hummus on the fly in 5 min for one dollar.
Colleen Walsh Fong April 18, 2014 at 11:01 am
Sounds good! I've got to try this.
Brumby Elementary
Brian April 19, 2014 at 01:17 am
Too much emphasis is being put on multilingual education in order to compete with the EU, whereRead More people are within driving distance - or a quick train ride - of a country where people speak another language. I see language exposure as something important in later years, but pretty much a waste in elementary school when kids just don't have the discipline. Arts and music are so much more important for developing the childrens' minds. Along with after-school science programs, and making sure children are ahead of the game in math. Computer science and engineering are increasingly where the money is since there's a shortage of good engineers and especially those with degrees. Whereas, too many people are attaining liberal arts degrees and there's a glut of liberal arts workers on the market. But let's go back to Cobb's issues: In Cobb, it's growing class size, and at the same time closing small schools to build new larger schools to save money but not growing the staff along with it. There also isn't enough emphasis county-wide on science and math. Let's be honest: when it all boils down to it, it's about money. Smyrna and Vinings have "improving schools" because increasingly wealthy people are moving in, increasing test scores. With the exception of Nickajack and Campbell Middle which also have improved administration along with wealthier residents in the district, that's pretty much it. At the same time, however, these schools are seeing larger class sizes, like pretty much all of Cobb County from what I understand. All of Cobb County is seeing a growth in the number of students. It's really do or die. We either need to stay Cobb County schools and meet the challenge of more kids while still providing the education people are moving here for. Or we don't, and we are in trouble. By the way, another serious problem with Cobb is that elementary school kids should be bussed home from after school programs. They did that in the town I grew up in Connecticut, and it allowed children to be exposed to many more things.
Brian April 19, 2014 at 01:18 am
There should also be more IB programs like Smyrna has in two of its schools, and IB should be madeRead More available to more students.
Mike Holzknecht April 19, 2014 at 09:19 am
Hello Brian, I agree. We need all the above. But look around, this is Georgia. Education is, asRead More always a low priority. Newcomers, like yourself, need to establish new priorities like world class education for all, instead of the lowest taxes.