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We have good teachers, data and technology. Yet, we lag in academics. Why?

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, released its fourth “Leaders & Laggards series, A State-by-State Report Card on K–12 Educational Effectiveness.” Georgia does not fare well on the most critical measure — academic performance. The state earns D’s in academics and college ...

A statewide school district could help Georgia’s students

Michael O’Sullivan, state outreach director for StudentsFirst, says the Recovery School District proposed by Gov. Nathan Deal earlier this week is a good idea. Read about Deal’s plan here. What is the best way to expand school options for kids in failing schools? Brant Sanderlin bsanderlin@ajc.com Deal’s suggestion — made ...

We don’t need state takeover of schools; we need greater school choice as in HOPE program

Is great school choice a better solution to failing schools than the state takeover proposed this week by Gov. Deal? (AJC John Spink) Atlanta attorney Glenn Delk has 30 years of experience in education reform efforts, primarily in increasing options and choices for families and their children through charter schools, ...

Teachers succeed in spite of system and not because of it

Until we value teachers and their insights, a former school chief says education reforms are doomed to fail. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM Jim Arnold is the former superintendent of Pelham City Schools. He’s written several guest pieces for the Get Schooled blog and has his own blog. Dr. Arnold doesn’t ...

Do you trust state to take over failing schools and turn them around?

My AJC colleague Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal wants a statewide school district patterned after the Recovery School District model in Louisiana in which the state takes over low-performing schools. Deal discussed the model today while campaigning with Louisiana Gov. , a champion of the Recovery School District. ...

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