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The Not So Pleasant Side of Politics...

Posted February 21, 2018 12:00 AM by Jimmy Stokes

Last week I reported on the withdrawal of HB 778, the CTAE-TCSG bill but this Thursday brought some not so pleasant news.  HB 482, the most recent voucher bill, passed out of Ways and Means as expected and is now in the Rules Committee.  Whether the bill goes to the House floor for a vote or not is to be determined.

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A Long Look at the General Assembly

Posted December 4, 2017 12:00 AM by Jimmy Stokes

Although January 8, 2018, seems like a long way off, it really is just around the corner and it signals the beginning of a what must be a historical legislative session.  What makes 2018 special?

  1.  The 2018 General Assembly is the last hurrah for Governor Nathan Deal.Governor Deal’s eight years have been a roller coaster ride for Georgia public education.Unfortunately his two terms will be most remembered for the failure of Amendment 1 designed to take over Georgia’s failing schools.Much to his credit and the work of Rep. Kevin Tanner the Turnaround plan that resulted is both workable and reasonable.The fact that Governor Deal led the effort to adequately fund the Turnaround program is a credit to his support for public education.

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EdQuest Georgia

Posted December 1, 2017 12:00 AM by Jimmy Stokes

On November 9, I attended the GPEE Critical Issues Form on education messaging and a roll out of EdQuest Georgia—the massive work of Dr. Dana Rickman and others of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.  I had my cage rattled!!!  EdQuest Georgia is the result of a massive data collection to identify the critical issues in Georgia public education.  It looks at the critical issues of what we do:  foundations of learning, quality teaching, quality leadership, supportive learning environments, advanced instructional system, clear pathways to post-secondary success and adequate and equitable funding.  The clairvoyant work identifies what the issues are, what we have done, and most importantly what is missing and needs immediate actio

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EdQuest Georgia

Posted November 17, 2017 12:00 AM by Jimmy Stokes

On Thursday of last week, I attended the GPEE Critical Issues Form on education messaging and a roll out of EdQuest Georgia—the massive work of Dr. Dana Rickman and others of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.  I had my cage rattled!!! 

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A New Day for an Old Idea

Posted September 29, 2017 12:00 AM by Jimmy Stokes

In 2007 the Georgia State Board of Education enacted the one diploma for all plan that we currently us.  State School Superintendent Kathy Cox spearheaded the effort to eliminate the Technical Diploma and move the one diploma concept

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