Andrew Young, the former mayor and U.N. ambassador, thinks the Atlanta Public Schools system needs an honor code – and not just for students. From Mark Winne of Channel 2 Action News:
“The cheating speaks to the character, and that’s where the failure is,” Young says. “This is a time for us to decide what we want to do with our school system.”
Young told Winne he was casual friends with [former APS school superintendent Beverly] Hall, but never close to her. Young says Hall was too isolated in her position as superintendent, “but we’re the ones who isolated her.”
Early this week, Monica Pearson of Channel 2 Action News popped up on the island of Maui to interrupt former school superintendent Beverly Hall’s Hawaiian vacation. On Wednesday, it was the turn of 11Alive’s Karyn Greer. She didn’t get much, either. From the 11 Alive web site:
Greer: I want to ask you, people are very, very upset back home. People were saying that you absolutely had to know cheating was going on. Are you still standing by your statement?”
Hall: “I will have no other comment than what I issued on Sunday but I absolutely knew nothing about cheating.”
Greer: “People in Atlanta, folks [are] concerned, folks are losing their jobs, schools are in real trouble right now as they’re starting back. People want to hear from you, though, what do you have to say about what’s going on back in Atlanta?”
Hall: “Well as you know I’m on a planned trip and at this time I have no further comment. I issued a statement that was printed in the AJC, and at this time have absolutely no further comment.”
Note to assignment editors: We’ve been going about this the wrong way. The Hawaiian mission clearly requires a pasty-faced, balding newspaper geek. I’ll head for the airport now.
The Georgia chapter of Americans for Prosperity will pay not-so impromptu visits today to the home offices of U.S. Reps. John Barrow and Sanford Bishop, in an attempt to persuade the Democrats to toe the Republican line in the debt-ceiling debate. The note to supporters:
We need your help this Thursday, July 14th for national district office day. AFP activists from across the nation will be visiting their representatives’ district offices this Thursday, July 14 at 12:00 Noon. Will you join in?
AFP will be at the following offices tomorrow: Thurusday, July 14 at HIGH NOON:
Walk In at Congressman Sanford Bishop’s Office – NOON – Columbus GA
Location: 18 Ninth Street, Suite 201, Columbus, GA
Walk In at Congressman John Barrow’s Office – 4PM – Augusta GA
Location: 925 Laney Walker Blvd, Suite 300, Augusta GA 30901
Three finalists have been unveiled for Georgia’s new license plate, each featuring a peach.
The three plate designs were selected from more than 500 entries submitted by the public, according to the Associated Press. Click here to see them.
A panel of Georgia college and university art professors narrowed the selection to eight. An online public vote chose the final three designs. Perhaps not by coincidence, all three finalists were the same three that featured the optional sticker of “In God We Trust.”
Which has raised grumbles from some license-plate aficionados. From one collector, who works at a firm that wouldn’t want to see his name in print:
The thing is, all tags will have a county sticker by default but the owner can instead opt for the “IGWT” sticker – just as it’s done now. But these plate designers just opted to put IGWT as their default instead of, say, Fulton, then the state didn’t explain it so all the religious folks voted for those plates regardless of the design.
If that was the intent, why were art professors involved in the process? (Should have just gone straight to the churches.) The contest was a sham and a slap in the face to artists and designers.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider