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Cancer, it's past time

Cancer, it's past time

Editor, Cancer is one of the most feared words of all.

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Updated: mar. 30, 2015 7:00 p.m.
State school district still needs work

State school district still needs work

Editor’s note: The Opportunity School District legislation was approved by the House on Wednesday, but with some differences from the Senate version. So now a conference committee will have to work out the differences before it goes to the governor. Suggs wrote this as a blog before House passage. And her issues may have to be weighed by voters before it appears on ballots in November 2016 as a constitutional amendment.

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Opposition to Opportunity School District

Opposition to Opportunity School District

The Opportunity School District (OSD) SB 133 and SR 287, which passed the Senate last week, would create a special state-run school district where the superintendent of the OSD is appointed by, and report directly to the governor.  If passed in the House, Governor Deal, who has no training in education, will be making decisions based on what his appointed superintendent says. The governor will also be receiving recommendations from his appointed Education Reform Commission, which has no active teachers or parents, but is filled with legislators, charter-school advocates, and for-profit education consultants.

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Bogeymen hiding in the closet of school choice debate

Bogeymen hiding in the closet of school choice debate

Two bills in the Georgia Legislature would allow thousands of Georgia parents the opportunity to choose better educational options for their children. 

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Updated: mar. 19, 2015 10:55 a.m.
Ministers keep answering call

Ministers keep answering call

I spent last week helping assess a group of people for a job I couldn’t do if my life depended on it. 

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Updated: mar. 18, 2015 11:00 a.m.
Phone books, not taking responsibility on list of annoying things

Phone books, not taking responsibility on list of annoying things

I received my first AARP card in the mail the other day. It’s official — I’m old!

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Updated: mar. 13, 2015 8:00 a.m.
Get involved to help the homeless

Get involved to help the homeless

Family Promise of Bryan County is steam-rolling forward. This month alone, it has received more than $8,000 in donations.

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Updated: mar. 12, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Private schools ruin HS sports for parity

Private schools ruin HS sports for parity

Editor, For decades, students at the traditional public schools in Georgia have been denied the chance to win a state championship because the system overseen by the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) ignores the fact that there is no parity among traditional public schools, private schools and city schools.

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Updated: mar. 12, 2015 6:00 p.m.
Too young, too savvy for pols

Too young, too savvy for pols

It is with regret I tell you that our intrepid public servants in the Legislature have scuttled a bill that would have lowered the age of eligibility to serve as a member of the House of Representatives to 18 years of age and to 21 in the State Senate. 

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