Georgia plans for federal Race to the Top funds

Education board OKs uses for Race to the Top money

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The Race to the Top is starting to heat up.

The Georgia Department of Education and Richmond County school system are taking steps to implement the federal stimulus-funded education reform effort.

Georgia was one of 11 states, plus the District of Columbia, that won shares of the $4 billion Race to the Top competitive grant. Georgia will receive $400 million over the next four years and, as one of the state's 26 participating districts, Richmond County will see about $16.6 million of that.

"The first year is a lot of work making sure we get the foundational pieces right," said Jon Rogers, Race to the Top Georgia's communications director. "The great thing is that we have a pilot for our 26 partner districts for several programs for the 2011-12 school year. Like anything, this gives us a safety net to see what we have planned -- this is what we think works, so let's put it in practice before there are consequences to it."

The U.S. Department of Education hasn't yet approved the scope of work from Georgia and four other states, but Rogers said that is because, at least in Georgia's case, the state is in transition. Since the state won the grant, it has elected a new governor and state superintendent of schools.

Rogers said he does expect final federal approval of the scope of work -- essentially, the state's plan to actually implement the numerous programs on its Race to the Top application -- within a couple of months.

The State Board of Education approved several measures at its monthly meeting last week to move forward with Race to the Top initiatives. One that directly involves Richmond County is the state's contract with The New Teacher Project to recruit new teachers in high-demand subjects such as math, science and special education from people working in related career fields. Georgia will pay for this with $3.6 million in Race to the Top funds.

The New Teacher Project will establish a Georgia Teaching Fellows program to recruit as many as 175 teachers in those shortage areas for each of the next five years, yielding a total of up to 525 new teachers. Richmond and Burke counties will receive about 55 of these teachers each year.

The state board approved a contract with the College Board using $1.1 million in Race to the Top money to administer, score and report Preliminary SAT exams for all 10th-graders in public high schools. Rogers said the state has traditionally paid for PSAT exams, but the legislature eliminated that funding. So the state included that item in its winning Race to the Top application last year.

The board approved partnering with 17 school districts to have the 40 lowest-performing schools in the state participate in a "leadership academy" this summer. Local participants include Butler, Josey, Glenn Hills and Laney high schools and Murphey Charter Middle School in Richmond County and Burke County High School.

The state's first-year Race to the Top allocation is $32.5 million, and Richmond County gets $3.8 million of that. During a school board meeting last week, Virginia Bradshaw, the district's executive director of middle schools, said the largest portion of the district's money -- 39 percent -- will be used to ensure teachers are teaching to the standards and help improve students' performance on Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests.

Other significant portions of the district's $16.6 million share will pay for additional training of staff at struggling schools, including participation in the state leadership academy (27 percent of the district's allocation), along with training staff and leaders across the district (24 percent).

Rogers added Georgia has hired a coordinator to oversee the development of a system designed to track how students are doing from prekindergarten through college.

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bettyboop
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bettyboop 04/18/11 - 06:22 am
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Bunk......... another load of

Bunk......... another load of bovine droppings.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/18/11 - 06:40 am
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The board approved partnering

The board approved partnering with 17 school districts to have the 40 lowest-performing schools in the state participate in a "leadership academy" this summer. Local participants include Butler, Josey, Glenn Hills and Laney high schools and Murphey Charter Middle School in Richmond County and Burke County High School.

AUGUSTA LEADERS....Does the statement "40 lowest-performing schools of the state" stand out to you???

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/18/11 - 06:52 am
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Can you see a newcomer moving

Can you see a newcomer moving to the CSRA reading this & saying..."Wow, how can I get my kids in some of these schools".....
nah-----I didn't think so.

mickl
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mickl 04/18/11 - 08:27 am
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Keep throwing money at it,

Keep throwing money at it, buy the kids an education.

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countyman 04/18/11 - 09:22 am
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Every large school(Fulton,

Every large school(Fulton, Dekalb, Chatham, Bibb, Muscogee, etc) system in the state of GA has a few low performing schools.. There's still six other high schools and ten other middle schools in Richmond County who didn't make the list.. Including Davidson who consistenly ranks number one in the state in terms of SAT scores. Glenn Hills continues to improve their scores every year.. The graduation rate is up to 78% in 2010...

There's a $30 million vocational magnet high school under construction in South Augusta next to Augusta Tech...

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seenitB4 04/18/11 - 09:56 am
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You are right ctyman about

You are right ctyman about the other counties with low performing schools.....even the Gov. & the Atlanta Mayor are getting involved with that problem......BUT I didn't see Columbia county on that list..did you??

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 04/18/11 - 11:21 am
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If we keep teaching kids they

If we keep teaching kids they came from ape like ancestors what could go wrong? All they're doing is making more money to ruin more kids. Had to ask a renter to leave because his publicly educated kid kept beating him up. All we are doing is raising up the greatest group of hellions the world has ever known. No amount of federal or state funding will stop that. Let’s get back to vouchers and school choice, so kids can go get a real education, not brainwashing indoctrinations by a bunch of hotbox teachers who can't stay out of the sack with their own pupils..

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countyman 04/18/11 - 02:13 pm
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There's only a total of five

There's only a total of five high schools in Columbia County.. Harlem would have made list but the school has decent SAT scores... The graduation rate at Harlem is lower than every school excecpt for Laney...

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sassylassie 04/18/11 - 11:14 pm
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Same people in RCBOE

Same people in RCBOE overseeing the same money plan to do the same things...I sense a pattern here--a pattern of consistent poor performance. When will it end? When will we as taxpayers say, "GO HOME" and get some new higher-up employees who aren't worried about hiring their sorority sisters and their personal friends from college? We could stop sending so many of them to law conferences for one. How many times per year do the superintendents and directors need to go to this stuff? And our kids don't have materials they need in their schools (toilet paper and soap) to get through the day. Madness. Sheer madness. When will it end?

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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 04/19/11 - 12:33 am
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Sassy, good questions. The

Sassy, good questions. The reason why our “EDUCATORS” still have to drive to meetings is they are obviously too ignorant to GO-TO-MEETINGS virtually like the educated taxpayers do now. When a tax user says they have to drop everything and run off to a conference it smacks of two things. They are too ignorant to work a computer in the modern age or they just want a little out of town strange on the taxpayer’s dime. When you can download and keep all your files on your computer from anywhere in the world, physically going there and forgetting most of what was said is no longer an option unless there is an ulterior motive or they are learning disabled. Ha haha Any of you out there who have a significant “other” who “HAVE” to go to a CONFERENCE should call CHEETERS, so you may see what we see most of the time.

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Patty-P 04/19/11 - 05:55 am
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@ Crime Reports...you come up

@ Crime Reports...you come up with the oddest statements. Since when does teaching kids that they come from ape-like ancestors have to do with anything that is going on today? You mention that quite often. I was educated in public schools, went on to college, studied Biology and Engineering, and I think I've done alright. AND I'm black. Getting a voucher is not going to change the lesson plan.

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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 04/19/11 - 08:42 am
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Dear Patty; And may i add

Dear Patty; And may i add very beautiful too. So how many times have you been around the world? What's your real-estate and investment portfolio look like? How any jobs and houses do you provide? How's your car & boat collection doing? We WERE the richest country in the world. Just because we are being dumbed down faster than a stroke to the cerebral cortex does not mean everything is normal. Government statistics will shock the average person that looks at how well America was doing before evolution began showing up in textbooks and now. Crime, poverty, & unemployment have gone up OVER 2000% but those who do not know history think that being almost bankrupt, with high crime and unemployment is NORMAL, it is not. Here’s a strong indication of what our public schools are pumping out. A quick search of Augusta’s MYSPACE yielded 1,230 Results for 'gangs of Augusta ga’. You look sweet intelligent and have every potential to go on to bigger and better things. This is IF you can survive all the drive-by’s, bad boyfriends, druggy girl friends, carjackings, home invasions, cons, and stressed out family. You should not have to strive against such things in America. These things have been brought about by the biggest wild ape chase in the history of man. When “teachers” teach a bunch of white kids they came from a bunch of apes at least the white kids can say “Hey we’re the Better apes!”, but what does that do to the self esteem of the Young African American? According to public school science books not only did “they come for an ape like ancestor” they haven’t even come as far as the “Superior white apes.” This is wrong, unscientific and has destroyed America or any other country that preaches debunked long ages. Bless your heart for asking though..

Patty-P
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Patty-P 04/19/11 - 11:52 am
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@ Crime Reports....I won't go

@ Crime Reports....I won't go as far as saying I've traveled the world, but I grew up in a military family and have been to states north, west, east and south in the United States and some countries abroad in my lifetime. I've owned a house (bought when I was 21), owned 8 vehicles. I don't have a boat collection and don't want one. When I went to school I was never taught in high school that I was of a lesser breed of any ape-like ancestor. Never had a self-esteem problem when it comes to race. I can't speak for everyone else but I don't think that is what our schools are teaching. I'd like for you or someone to show me where in our public school science books you are deriving this information from and I will personally go to that school and teach what is RIGHT and proper. The crime rate and poverty is up because America as a whole has devalued the traditional ways of life and simple family values. Nowadays everything is acceptable. I've had burglaries (3 of them), and certainly have had stress in my family. This 'superior white apes' thing is ridiculous. That is not what is causing strife in our communities. And crime occurs in all races. It's not just a 'black' issue.

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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 04/19/11 - 07:34 pm
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All for you

All for you Patty;

http://creation.com/evolution-is-inherently-racist

http://www.visionforum.com/browse/product/darwins-plantation-evolutions-...

http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/dp/

http://www.straight-talk.net/evolution/racist.shtml

http://www.antiracistalliance.com/whiteness.html

http://www.darwins-theory-of-evolution.com/

RACISM
If we do not teach our children that racism and stereotyping is unacceptable, then we have failed. ... These careless racist words also need to be swept out of the school ...
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Why do schools make you read boring books?
Why do schools make you read such boring books? They all center around racism and prejudice. ... they are aiming to teach. ... Besides not all books in school are about racism and ...
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Talking About Racism - FamilyEducation.com
... about the words "race relations," "racism," and "diversity" the image of a school ... TV, prompt them with questions like, "Do ... Get the scoop on the hit books, the author ...
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Do American History Textbooks Teach Kids the Truth? - James W
Do American History Textbooks Teach Kids the Truth? ... Racism is a delicate issue, and our school textbooks are very careful ... there were still laws on the books ...
www.epinions.com/ review/ Book_Lies_My_Teacher_Told_Me_Everything_Your_American_History_Textboo k_Got_Wrong_James_W_Loewen_2001665749/ content_18323574404 - Proxy - Highlight

Anti-Racism Activity: The Sneetches | Teaching Tolerance
... may want to discuss historical information about racism ... How do the Star-Belly Sneetches look? How do the ... for ending discrimination in the class or school, e.g ...
www.tolerance.org/activity/anti-racism-activity-sneetches - Proxy - Highlight

Racism — Global Issues
... org web site looks into the issue of racism ... to the incident in this high school, while ... “We do know that we must do more to reach out to our children and teach them to ...
www.globalissues.org/article/165/racism - Proxy - Highlight

Don't Censor - Teach - Should Censorship be Allowed in
Sex, violence, racism, etc. are all things our ... her and tell her to go find her Goosebumps books. Do not ... Controversial books teach our children to deal with a ...
www.epinions.com/content_1094361220 - Proxy - Highlight

Audrina Patridge gives reality another try in new VH1 series - Show Tracker - About (Late)
And he often tried to teach her all about running cons. After a lengthy argument about where to go, filled with club names like Was, Lame, Open that really reminded me of the episode "Okay Awesome," everyone ends up at Hopeless. "I finally know what it's like to be embarrassed by
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 04/19/11 - 07:40 pm
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" I'd like for you or someone

" I'd like for you or someone to show me where in our public school science books you are deriving this information from and I will personally go to that school and teach what is RIGHT and proper"

Patty; posted several links to what you asked for, however links must be approved before posting and there's no telling how many links they will let through. Have company coming over,... later...

Patty-P
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Patty-P 04/20/11 - 07:38 am
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@ Crime Reports...thanks for

@ Crime Reports...thanks for all of the interesting links. However, those links are more opinionated than anything. These books are not used on the high school level in our schools. Even so, I've read many of Darwin's theories as a college student. Many of Darwin's theories have been debunked, as the ability of scientists to use and study DNA (Gregor Mendel) threw the 'theory of evolution' into crisis. Darwin lacked a significant backround in Biology. Most of his theories on human evolution are socialist ideals, not proven scientific fact. While some of his studies are significant in regards to species adaptation, it is important to realize that behind the theory lay ideological intentions rather than scientific facts.
Nonetheless, I agree with you in saying that IF in fact any of this negative imagery were presented in our public schools (which I don't think is the case), we have a serious problem. I have lived in many places and I have not once come across anything like this in any public school system in my lifetime.

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