It is far too early to predict who will replace Saxby Chambliss as Georgia's next senator, but it's going to be the most entertaining Senate race voters have seen in a long time.
Last week, we discussed the history and basic foundation of Georgia's 20-year-old pre-kindergarten program. This week, we examine the impacts and achievements of Georgia's pre-K program. We will then look into the content standards utilized in the classroom and possible improvements to the pre-K program.
In the world of politics, it's often better to be lucky than good.
This could be a very important piece of information I am about to share with you. Whether it is or not is up to you. It depends on how much you care about the money being spent on our state's politicians. If you don't care and want to cop the "it doesn't make any difference" attitude, then I suggest you blow the dust off the ol' Funk & Wagnall and look up the word "apathy." Or go kiss a goat. Your choice.
Georgia has one of the oldest pre-kindergarten programs in the country, dating back to the early 1990s.
Sept. 25, 2013 - More than 200 concerned citizens pack the Tybee Island City Hall in a standing room-only meeting moderated by Mayor Jason Buelterman.
The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice recently released an eye-opening analysis of why and how parents choose private schools. The analysis by the national nonprofit organization is worth the read for Georgians especially. It is Georgia-based, undertaken by Georgia Public Policy Foundation senior fellows Jim Kelly and Dr. Benjamin Scafidi, and uses the results of a survey of Georgia parents of k-12 private school scholarship recipients.
I try to remain cheerful and optimistic during the holiday season, but it isn't easy when you're reminded how tough things are for so many Georgians.
Good grief. I just took a peek at next week's calendar. It says 2014. That can't be correct. I'm still waiting for Y2K and for all our computers to crash. I must have overslept.
Eric Boyles grew up in Springfield. His family still lives here. He has gone on to make a good life for his family as he works for a large corporation. That good life came to a screeching halt last June when his wife and daughter, along with two others, were killed in an automobile wreck.
On Sept. 21, 1897, Francis Pharcellus Church of the New York Sun penned the response now known as "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus."
As Michael Thurmond tells the story, he got a phone call one day from an attorney for the DeKalb County school board, asking if he would be interested in the job of school superintendent.
This column first ran in 2010. The status of Cameron Charles Yarbrough has been updated, but the message remains timeless.
While the overall gain in state revenues was 3.6 percent, which meets the fiscal year 2014 budgetary requirement, elements of the month's report are perplexing.
March 3 marked the 30th legislative day of the 2014 session. Any bill that has not been passed by either the House or Senate by the end of this crossover day has little chance of becoming law this year.
The 30th day of the legislation session was considered a victorious one for Georgia families who found a viable solution in medical marijuana for their children who suffer from multiple seizure disorder. These families fought hard for the passage of HB 885, which has become known as "Haleigh's Hope Act," named for a young girl who suffers from seizures and whose mother has championed the cause of the benefits of medical cannabis.
Georgia's political scorecard for 2014 was filled out last week as hundreds of hopeful candidates dropped by the capitol to fill out the paperwork that places their names on the May 20 primary election ballot.
The scene: I-16 near Dublin. WAAANGH! REEP! REEP! REEP!
The Senate passed the fiscal year 2015 general budget on Thursday, totaling $20.8 billion. The budget is built on approximately 4.4 percent revenue growth over the actual FY 2014 amended budget. Lottery proceeds are projected to be $947.9 million, and $1 billion is projected from motor fuel taxes.
State Sen. Buddy Carter (R-Pooler) is reporting each week during the legislative session. The session began Jan. 13.
I have been serving in the Georgia House of Representatives for a decade. As the chair of the House Appropriations Committee, I clearly recognize the financial challenges of bringing economic vitality to all parts of our state. And as a member of the House Education Committee, I work closely with our schools to put our students on the path to college and careers.
The seventh week of the 2014 legislative session began Monday, Feb. 24, with "Crossover Day" looming a week away. Crossover Day is the deadline in which a piece of legislation must pass at least one of the General Assembly's two chambers or be lost for this year's consideration.
Last week was a very busy one as legislative day 30, more commonly known as "Crossover Day," was nearing. Monday was Crossover Day, and it is the deadline in which a piece of legislation must pass at least one of the General Assembly's two chambers or else it is dead for this year's session.
It is getting more and more difficult to exclude people who may look or believe a little differently than you.
As predicted in this space a few weeks ago, there is compromise legislation pending in the General Assembly regarding the Common Core curriculum, the controversial program which seeks to establish consistent education standards across the country.
The Senate was scheduled to complete work on Senate bills on Monday, Crossover Day. The remainder of the session's 10 legislative days will be spent considering House bills, amendments to Senate bills made by the House, and considering the fiscal year 2015 general budget.
State Sen. Buddy Carter (R-Pooler) is reporting each week during the legislative session. The session began Jan. 13 and is expected to last until the first of March.
The return of spring-like weather allowed state legislators to reconvene at our state's Capitol for a productive week of considering some important legislation. Primarily, the state's budget was carefully considered under House Bill 744. This is a $20.8 billion state budget plan for fiscal year 2015 beginning July 1, 2014. Of that budget, 54.1 percent of state revenues are designated for education.
Monday, Feb. 17, marked the sixth week of the 2014 legislative session and a very important one. We passed the fiscal year 2015 budget, as well as many other significant pieces of legislation.