Morning Reads 6/12/12

Local Stuff

Mitt Romney raised $3 million in Atlanta last night.

Newt Gingrich was at the Romney event last night and will make himself available to the media this morning, according to a Georgia GOP press release:

ATLANTA – Former Speaker Newt Gingrich will host a media availability tomorrow, Tuesday, June 12th at 10:15 a.m. ET at Georgia GOP Headquarters located at 3110 Maple Drive, Suite 150 in Atlanta. On Monday, Gingrich and dozens of Georgia elected officials including Governor Nathan Deal, Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson helped Governor Mitt Romney raise money to support his campaign for president. Gingrich will comment on the election as well as outline his argument that the weakest economic recovery since the Great Depression is far from “doing fine,” as recently characterized by the President

The KKK wants to adopt a piece of Hwy 515 in northeast Georgia. Apparently even racists like clean highways.

State School Superintendent John Barge cited an “Education Week” ranking that puts Georgia’s public schools as 7th best in the U.S.

Despite the Legislature passing a new law, synthetic marijuana continues to be a problem.

A challenge was filed with SoS Kemp to force Brandon Beach to choose between his spot on the DOT Board or his campaign against Chip Rogers.

Despite dire warnings of massive cuts in service earlier in the year, MARTA passed a budget without a fare increase.

National/International/Intergalctic Stuff

North Dakota voters go to the polls today and may decide to abolish their property tax.

The Euro Zone is crumbling. After bailing out Spain to the tune of 100 billion Euros, concerns arise over Italy.

The US Commerce Secretary will take a medical leave after a seizure led to three traffic accidents.

Spacex’s recent success means they can start flying cargo to the International Space Station. Viva la Free Market!

China will send their first women into space.

Other Stuff

The Gwinnett Braves out slugged the Pawtucket Red Sox last night 11-8.

The Yankees shut out the Atlanta Braves 3-0.

Rafael Nadal won the French Open for a record 7th time and denied Novak Djokovic the career Grand Slam in the process.

Atlanta is the 16th manliest city in the U.S.


  1. John Konop says:

    ….State School Superintendent John Barge cited an “Education Week” ranking that puts Georgia’s public schools as 7th best in the U.S…… ….Barge also said Georgia ranked 13th in the nation in terms of students who do well enough on Advance Placement tests to be exempted from college courses…..

    Ironically I wrote this letter and it was printed in our local paper this week. I give John Barge and Governor Deal credit for pushing the below concepts.


    Our children attended private schools, as well as public schools. Top private schools test children and usually only accept the top students. Both of our kids did fine after transferring into the public schools system in Cherokee County. In junior high, our son was part of the accelerated math program in Cherokee that allows students to start taking high school math in the seventh grade and eligible for AP math by 10th grade. The vast majority of the group of kids he started this program with at Freedom Middle School were accepted into top tier schools like my son (Georgia Tech).

    I can only speak for the students attending Cherokee and Woodstock high schools, but, in both cases, it is clear that top tier kids in both high schools performed as well as private schools from the results of the 2012 class. We must all be careful when comparing results of private schools from public without first looking at the aptitude of students attending the school. Public school must educate everybody, not pick and choose who they want.

    Instead of selectively bashing the school system, we should all work together to improve the system. I do think the system is moving in the right direction, by implementing the academy system that will allow students more options based on aptitude from vocational, arts and math/science. For this program to be successful, the school system must work with the business community to create co-op opportunities to help foster the future skills depending on the education focus.

    The school system must be more flexible to the needs of the business community working with schedules to accommodate the end goal of a trained and/or positive work experience for the student. I would hope that with the new academy system, the Chamber and the school system would start working hand-in-hand with the goal of creating the best trained and educated workforce in Cherokee County, based on the aptitude of the student

  2. Calypso says:

    “State School Superintendent John Barge cited an “Education Week” ranking that puts Georgia’s public schools as 7th best in the U.S.”

    Georgia wouldn’t be ranked 7th in the nation even if it was an alphabetical listing.

  3. Noway says:

    Georgia, 7th? What a joke! Georgia has never been above 45th in any way, shape or form since stats have been kept for the last 1,000 years. Talk about selectively using statistics….

    • John Konop says:

      Norway you can say what you want, but the truth is the AP/joint enrolment program has worked well for students on the high end on a macro. The real issue is how do we expand this type of program for the other 90% of kids. And that is about providing opportunities based on aptitude not a one size fit all ie No Child Left Behind. This approach should include expanding VO/Tech, Public home school options, Charter Schools secured with security bonding…… No matter the school it should be based on aptitude and moving the students into a direction focusing on their skills. Not pounding square begs into round holes approach ie NCLB!

  4. Noway says:

    John, the smart, “aptitude” kids of ours are always doing great. They’re the ones who keep the entire state from becoming extras in “Deliverance: The Remake.” In fact, I’d like to put our smart kids up against those of any state. It’s our legion of Jethro Bodine mouth-breathing inbreds that always sink us to the bottom of the barrel. It’s embarrassing.

    • John Konop says:

      In my opinion it is more of aptitude issue. By forcing vocational kids into a one size 4 year college prep approach or out, we have created the problem. We should of focused more on skilled based education for students on this end, instead of pushing then into classes that did not match their aptitude. Finally instead focusing on fostering a co-op skilled approach of education, based on aptitude, we instead implemented teach to the test non-skilled approach ie one size fit all NCLB……

  5. ryanhawk says:

    When will the PeachPundit over lords give equal time to the Fulton Science Academy to respond to the mudslinging “audit” that was highlighted here last week…. ? Did I miss the mea culpa regarding the rush to judgement?

    • Tell them to get in touch with us: tips “at” peachpundit “dot” com. I’ll be happy to take a look at whatever they’ve got to say.

      I think I’ve been pretty hard on the Fulton School Board and favorable to charter schools so don’t try to say they haven’t gotten a fair shake here.

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