What will Seal the Deal against Common Core Standards in GA?
On the Wednesday after Mother’s Day, Governor Nathan Deal (GA-R) seemed to offer mothers, caregivers, and parents of students a belated gift. Deal signed an executive orders statement on Georgia education and Common Core. The Governor appeared to affirm state and local BoE controls over Georgia school standards and curriculum. His May 15th executive order wording seemed a slap down of the notion that his | Read More »
US Senate Contest Heats up in Mid Georgia
On a chilly, first Friday in May 2013, Congressman Jack Kingston (R, GA-1) kicked up his 2014 run for the seat of retiring Senator Saxby Chambliss(R-GA). Kingston’s backdrop was the Macon Big House. This English Tudor house is now a museum, but in the early seventies the Allman Brothers Band settled there to refine a riffed-licked mix of southern bluesy rock. The day before Rep. | Read More »
Peach State Cheers too Late in Common Core Battle?
Northwest of Atlanta sits Marietta, Cobb County, where, on a late spring 2013 night, a crowd cheered as the Cobb Board of Education voted down the district’s request to buy math curricula. The vote was not unanimous, but striking. Nine of Cobb high schools received medals in the U.S. News Best High Schools rankings. This spring eleven of their eighteen county high schools made the | Read More »
An Ice Cream Victory on UN Treaty. . .for now
“Go have some ice cream!” urged Michael Farris, august chancellor of Patrick Henry College and Home School Legal Defense Association chairman. It was a pleasant Saturday. As a mom who was a former member of HSLDA, I was ecstatic. And thinking double chocolate. Earlier that third Saturday of September 2012, at 4:30 a.m., the Senate adjourned to jog the campaign trail until November’s lame duck | Read More »
The Aftermath of Storms for Akin and the GOP (updated)
The Show Me State’s GOP Senatorial candidate’s abortion words held up a mirror to he and to members of the National Grand Old Party. Many cringed. Even after Rep. Todd Akin’s video mea culpa and whatever actions may follow, what should Republican Party members say and do in future political revelations? We in the Red State of mind would like to think that we actually | Read More »
September’s Crucial Vote: Unified Negotiation vs. UNilateralism
August 14, 2011, the Sunday after the straws aligned in the Iowa cornfields and a Texan two stepped into the 2012 race at the South Carolina Red State gathering, a shofar horn quieted a massive gathering for proactive support of Israel at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center. A few months before, on May 31st, Americans United With Israel started a Facebook account that would organize | Read More »
Teaching to the Tests: Parents’ Lessons From a Scandal That Left Children Behind
Given to children in the third to eighth grade, the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) were meant to gauge each student’s abilities in reading, mathematics, English/Language Arts, Social studies, and Science. In the Atlanta Georgia School District, hours after the students handed in these tests, an alleged 140 teachers feverishly erased wrong answers and penciled in correct answers. An alleged thirty-eight principals were equally busy. Later, | Read More »
Scott Brown is … Scott Brown!
As a conservative Tea Party patriot I confess I joined the online enthusiasm over the special election to fill the late Senator Edward Kennedy’s seat. We who say we stand on principles were upended the afternoon of Thursday, July 15, 2010. The Tea Party endorsed candidate Scott Brown swung his vote in Senate for the financial reform bill. Should anyone be in shock? We knew | Read More »
What a Gala Can’t Erase: The Jobless
The U.S. Labor Department stats for the second week of May belie a jobless reality no glittering State Dinner gala can erase. Half a million more citizens filed first-time unemployment claims. Meanwhile young adults struggle to find even their first jobs. The number of people filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week by the largest amount in three months. The big surge was | Read More »
Child Obesity: Handling the “Security Threat”
As a mom of young adult children, I was almost ticked off by the April 20th Fox Report‘s picture of a school lunch branded, “SECURITY THREAT.” Retired admirals and generals just released an alarming report: 27% of young adults are not mission ready to defend our nation,that’s one in four of our grown children. Retired military leaders are on the attack against unhealthy school lunches. | Read More »