Archive for November, 2012

Rethinking a crucial road

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Brainstorming ways to relieve gridlock continues in the classroom and the conference room. Georgia Tech students are looking at ways to improve Northside Drive from I-20 to I-75, turning an eyesore into a grand boulevard for buses, bicycles and drivers looking to escape the Downtown Connector. A transportation official applauds the vision but points to the state’s own evolving and inclusive policies.

Commenting is open below Gerald Ross’ column.

By Michael Dobbins

You would think that a street that connects Cobb County to Atlantic Station, Georgia Tech, the Georgia World Congress Center, the Georgia Dome, the Atlanta University Center, West End and points south would get a little respect. But Northside Drive, the west frame of Atlanta’s downtown/Midtown core, is a ragtag, shabby and confusing street that fulfills neither its development potential nor adequately meets its transportation purpose. Though Despite the fact that it provides access to tens of …

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EDITORIAL: Vote “No” on Amendment One

We don’t oppose charter schools, but we do urge voters to say “No” to the proposed amendment to Georgia’s Constitution that would create a legal way for the state to circumvent local school boards to create and fund charter schools.
While we have some concerns about the implications to local decision-making when it comes to schools, the strongest argument against Amendment One is simply that the state can’t afford it.
Given that Georgia’s existing public schools are so pitifully underfunded, we find it unconscionable to ask voters to divert precious tax dollars to benefit a relative few.
So-called “austerity cuts” and other reductions have sliced away state support for K-12 education for a decade. Georgia Department of Education figures put the total funding formula shortfall at $5.7 billion.
Yet big numbers make for sterile statistics. What do years of state cuts in support look like? They meant 2 of 3 Georgia districts cut school days. In the 2011-2012 school year, …

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ANOTHER VIEW: Charter amendment gives options

By Nathan Deal

Georgia parents enjoy a multitude of choices when shopping for a pair of jeans, a car or a bag of potato chips.
And when it’s time to go off to college, their children can choose a campus that fits them best.
The diversity of options in the marketplace shows that competition and choices drive innovation and improvement. It demonstrates that one size does not, in fact, fit all.
We would abandon a grocery store that didn’t give us options, so why don’t we demand the same from the public education system?
All parents want their children to do better than they did, but that can’t happen if they don’t have access to high-performing public schools.
When they go to the polls this November, Georgia voters have a chance to assure that parents can choose what’s best for their family and child.
Too many school districts in Georgia offer nothing but mediocre or even failing schools. In those situations, parents deserve the chance to demand something new, but they often hit …

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Amendment Two

Moderated by Rick Badie

Many Georgia voters probably know about Amendment One, the high-profile ballot question which, if approved Nov. 6, gives the state the power to overrule local school boards and to approve and fund charter schools. But are you aware of Amendment Two, which asks us to give the state the option to execute long-term leases for government offices? Today, we explore the issue.

Long-term leases make sense for state

By Casey Cagle

On Nov. 6, Georgia citizens will consider how to vote for candidates from president of the United States down to city leaders. In the midst of all we hear about candidates, some Georgians may not be aware that they will find two constitutional amendments on the ballot. Amendment Two will allow the state to enter into multi-year leases and save taxpayers millions over the next 10 years.

When the public thinks about government spending, several big-ticket items, such as education, transportation and public health, come to mind. However, …

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