Cheating by Georgia's school
One of my favorite activities as a state senator is when I get to speak to students at our local schools. This year, I spoke to third-grade students at May Howard Elementary and Marshpoint Elementary in Chatham County and Button Gwinnett Elementary in Liberty County.
Gov. Nathan Deal says he is "alarmed" by a recent state report on cheating on national standardized tests in Georgia's public schools, this time in Dougherty County. Investigators digging around found evidence of cheating in nearly one-half of the 26 schools in the system of 16,000 students on Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests in 2009.
I would like to take a moment to say thank you to all the kindhearted and loving people in our community who have helped my daughter, Victoria Marie Hall. She likes to be called Vicky.
Here's what we thought worked this week and what didn't:
Not everyone was home on Christmas Eve, snug in their beds with visions of sugarplums dancing through their heads. And while many families enjoy traditional holiday activities, get-togethers, religious services and leisurely breakfasts the morning after Santa visits their homes, others won't have that luxury.
Editor's note: This editorial, originally by Francis P. Church, first appeared in the New York Sun in 1897.
According to a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution story on travel and expense claims from state lawmakers for times this year when the Legislature was not in session, legislators billed the state's taxpayers for more than $1.3 million from Jan. 1 to Dec. 8.
Editor's note: Parts of the following column were taken from and inspired by Clement Clarke Moore's original poem, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."
Last week, we learned that farm income in 2011 is forecast to reach an all-time high, up 28 percent over 2010, signaling that American agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation's economy.
Christmas is just days away, and the tree that you so carefully picked out for the holiday is standing tall and proud in your home, beautifully decorated with ornaments and lights. But just because the tree is trimmed doesn't mean it's no longer in need of recurring attention - have you been watering your grand Christmas display?
In the race between a fast-spreading and potentially hazardous technology and government attempts to regulate it, the regulators come in a distant second.
I am pleased to announce that beginning Jan. 1, Junior E. Lee - general manager of Round or Square Polls, a division of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Greater Garfield - will offer exclusive analysis of the upcoming presidential election that can be seen only in this space.
I have been blessed. During the holiday season, I am reminded constantly of the blessings I have - a loving husband and family, dear friends, great coworkers, a job I love and the involvement of thousands of local volunteers each year who are a blessing in themselves.
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