Archive for January, 2012

1/9: No Child Left Behind: Hit or miss?

Moderated by Maureen Downey
The federal No Child Left Behind Act turned 10 on Sunday, a birthday that is not being met with many congratulations or good wishes. We devote today’s education page to why the landmark legislation and its standards-based accountability provisions have proved so consequential and, in some people’s estimation, so challenging to America’s public education system.

Read my column, an op-ed piece by Neal McCluskey and comment.

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1/8: Ga. legislative session: Sit down and get to work

The AJC Editorial Board

The next 40 legislative days demand bold, broad thinking — about job creation, transportation, education and the tax code — to improve this state in times still best described as troubled.

Lawmakers filing into the Gold Dome on Monday will find before them once again a heavy punch list of important matters needing resolution.

Doing that well requires casting forth a forward-thinking vision for Georgia — and acting quickly on it. The opposite of that earnest work would be more of the half-hearted punting and gamesmanship designed to appease restive voters, not solve our biggest problems.

Let’s get beyond that in this bellwether year for Georgia and its capital city. We need bold, broad thinking as we endure a still-sluggish economy that’s long overdue for repair, rebuilding and rebirth.  Read our view on the session and two others:

Alan Essig, executive director, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, defines five categories that cry out for …

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1/6: Are high-speed pursuits justified?

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Update: Trooper involved in crash is fired

When Kathy Porter, wife of Atlanta Braves trainer Jeff Porter, was killed in a Saturday wreck involving a Georgia State Patrol vehicle, attention turned again to the ongoing debate over high-speed police chases. What rules should govern pursuits that are inherently dangerous to innocent drivers and pedestrians? Is it worth the risk, even when chasing dangerous suspects?

Eugene F. Elander, a retired emergency manager in New Hampshire and Vermont, who now lives in Dahlonega, does not think they are.

Frank V. Rotondo, executive director of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, writes that the need must outweigh the risk.

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1/5: Can two Koreas overcome differences?

Moderated by Rick Badie

The death of Korean dictator Kim Jong Il ushered in a new leader and extended the Kim family’s control of North Korea to a third generation. Kim Jong Un, the dictator’s 28-year-old son, has ascended to power. That has left many wondering what’s next for the isolated country. Today, a Georgia professor and a diplomat offer their perspectives on the leadership change.

What do you think?

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1/4: How to resolve credit card woes

Moderated by Rick Badie

The gift-giving holidays have come and gone. Unfortunately, some of us might not be very merry about the bills that were accrued and now must be paid.

Below, guest columnist Phil Baldwin tells us how to pay off holiday debt while Oliver J. Adams, another credit expert, offers tips on how to shop responsibly and get the most for your money next Christmas.

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1/3: When Southwest launches Atlanta service

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Southwest Airlines launches service in Atlanta Feb. 12, as it acquires AirTran.

Two industry experts tell us what to expect when the low-frills, free-bags carrier begins competing against Delta, the hometown giant. Expanded service and beaucoup deals? Perhaps. But it’s not all rosy. One predicts passenger traffic will drop at Hartsfield-Jackson airport.

Read what Michael Boyd, president of Boyd Group International, an aviation research and consulting firm in Evergreen, Colo., has to say, and check out commentary  by Tom Parsons, CEO of, below that. Then tell us what you think of Southwest’s acquisition of AirTran.

By Michael Boyd

The Southwest acquisition of AirTran signals major changes in airline service at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Most of them are not what people are expecting.

Southwest is one of America’s most ethical companies. Its success is because they really do like their customers, and it shows on every flight. …

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