Is it Sonny’s Fault?

Bill Shipp is on the war path today. He’s blaming Sonny for the education mess.

To make teachers feel better about themselves, Perdue abolished the “Office of Education Accountability,” and ironically, turned the agency into the “Governor’s Office of Student Achievement.”

Just to cap off his new Education-by-Hula-Hoop Plan, Perdue announced he was hiring graduation coaches all over Georgia to help students — uh, well — graduate. Dumb us! We thought that was the teachers’ job. Well, we were wrong. Coaches were needed. Georgia has one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the country. Wait, let’s not sell ourselves short. Georgia actually has among the lowest graduation rates in the industrialized world.

Both Kathy Cox and Linda “Jail Bird” Shrenko make appearances in the article. Of course, so does Governor E. D. Rivers.

17 comments

  1. CobbGOPer says:

    Thing is, he has a point. And while I despised Roy Barnes for numerous other issues, I agreed with his education plan. It made for much more accountability than the current state administration and DOE policies. But once Sonny (on the advice of then candidate Kathy Cox, who was running for Super at the same time as Sonny’s first guv campaign) decided Barnes’ plan needed to go, the teachers unions like PAGE and GAE canvassed every teacher in the state to drive them out to vote for Sonny (and Kathy in turn).

  2. Rick Day says:

    no it is not Sonny’/s fault.

    Its the fault of that chimp and his bunch of bananas you all voted for in 2000 and 2004, respectively.

    No Child Left Behind ™

  3. etmmj says:

    What they need to do is get rid of the state dept educrats and paper pushers. What an astronomical waste of tax dollars. You know how many depts they have and how much money we are spending?

  4. Old Vet says:

    Catering to the teachers’ union got him elected. Watch, though. The Teachers Retirement System just lost a law suit which will cost them millions and will put them in deep trouble when it comes time to grant cost of living allowances next time. Up to now only the state employees weren’t getting COLAs and the teachers were smugly well funded. I predict they’ll find the money somehow, but creative acounting will take you only so far. Just ask the state employees.

  5. shep1975 says:

    This was in the Marietta Daily Journal last week. I sent in the following letter. I wasn’t published. Probably too long.

    There Bill Shipp goes again, ranting and raving about how everything is Governor Sonny Perdue’s fault for education in Georgia. However, for once, Shipp’s nearly incomprehensible ramblings that include near equal parts of finger pointing, passing the buck and creative history illustrate what has been at the crux of the problem in education in Georgia, too much of a top down approach.

    While Shipp calls for the resignations of Governor Perdue and Superintendent Kathy Cox, putting the blame for student failure in the CRCT exams on their shoulders, maybe if some of the previous Governors Shipp so admires, like Roy Barnes for example, had not used the state schools as their own labs for failed policies and asked the teachers what they need to teach a well rounded student, we wouldn’t be having issues like this. Under Barnes, subjects like social studies were considered nearly unnecessary so money could be focused on math and science alone. Now we scratch our heads when 6 years later students are failing the social studies portion? If there is anything to blame Perdue and/or Cox for is the use of a single test to determine advancement. As a nation, we had better schools and produced better graduates when our teachers weren’t focused on teaching students how to pass an exam so parents wouldn’t complain when their child failed. The exams have also allowed our local school systems to abdicate their responsibility of explaining to parents why their child cannot advance to the next grade. Instead the schools and our state can point to an exam. We have taken out the human element in our schools giving it over to computer bubble sheets. That didn’t happen under the current administration, but in the one past. Shipp just seemed to need another excuse to complain about Perdue, but not offer any solution to the educational problems at hand.

  6. John Konop says:

    The truth is Kathy Cox was warned that Math 123 would not work here like it failed in New York. In fact the person in charge of the rollout resigned before full implantation.

    This one size fit all education system (NCLB) that teaches to the middle does not work.

    We need a system that works with the students not against them.

    A vocational child should be on a separate track from college bound student. A math oriented college bound student should not be on the same track as a child not math oriented.

    At the end Kathy Cox took the job and made it worse after numerous warnings. If you do not hold Kathy Cox accountable for this failure than you should not complain about anything.

    Kathy Cox should resign and each district should go Charter. And they could opt out of this mess and create a system with the Universities and vocational schools that match students to the best instruction with a track starting in 6th grade.

    The most dishonest part of this debate is Kathy Cox watered down gifted math and forced non math oriented students into math they were not ready for.

    Our CONSTITUTION guarantees equal opportunity not results. How any of you support NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND which has a goal of equalizing scores and not expect this train wreck stuns me.

  7. shep1975 says:

    There’s just too much garbage in Shipp’s column to respond briefly. This week’s Shipp column is not much better. I really think Shipp has a serious man crush on Roy Barnes.

  8. AubieTurtle says:

    Strange how a post about Sonny, Linda Shrenko and Kathy Cox doesn’t get tagged “Republicans” but a post about diplomas in Clayton County gets tagged “Democrats”. Hmmm…

    Ok, I know, they were posted by two different people but it was interesting to notice.

    As far as education goes, can’t we just offer $5000 and a free bus ticket out of the state the any high school student who is willing to drop out and leave the state forever? Seems like a cheap way to eliminate those students who aren’t serious about their education.

    Yes, I’m joking (sort of).

  9. John Konop says:

    Kathy Cox: Resignation Time!
    The truth is Kathy Cox was warned that Math 123 would not work here like it failed in New York. In fact the person in charge of the rollout resigned before full implantation.

    This one size fit all education system (NCLB) that teaches to the middle does not work.

    We need a system that works with the students not against them.

    A vocational child should be on a separate track from college bound student. A math oriented college bound student should not be on the same track as a child not math oriented.

    At the end Kathy Cox took the job and made it worse after numerous warnings. If you do not hold Kathy Cox accountable for this failure than you should not complain about anything.

    Kathy Cox should resign and each district should go Charter. And they could opt out of this mess and create a system with the Universities and vocational schools that match students to the best instruction with a track starting in 6th grade.

    The most dishonest part of this debate is Kathy Cox watered down gifted math and forced non math oriented students into math they were not ready for.

    Our CONSTITUTION guarantees equal opportunity not results. How any of you support NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND which has a goal of equalizing scores and not expect this train wreck stuns me.

  10. Ms_midtown says:

    Sonny’s fault no, Speaker Richardson failed, squandered the majority.

    Same with Bush -> Dennis Hastert.

    Whoever wins the mansion in 2010 will have a chance to earn national recognition for their party as a problem solver who turned a state around.

  11. SpaceyG says:

    I don’t think Shipp wrote that. I think his health is such that he has a ghost writer. Yet the Shipp brand carries on into the night. Doesn’t this tell you how desperate Georgia is for decent, localized commentary? But local media news plantations, Cox Media Plantation for example, seem to be clueless as to how to find and nurture and market political commentary. If Jay Bookman and Political Insider, for example, are the best they can shovel-out of Marietta Street, well… no wonder PP is so popular.

  12. Romegaguy says:

    The best way to get “decent, localized commentary” is to replace Spacey as a front page poster with GOPeach.

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