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State Superintendent John Barge to visit A.R. Johnson Magnet School

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 7:58 PM
Last updated 9:06 PM
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State school Superintendent John Barge will visit A.R. Johnson Magnet School next week to recognize the school as a 2012 Georgia School of Excellence in Student Achievement.

A.R. Johnson was one of 28 schools named a school of excellence on Aug. 13. The award is given to schools that show the highest performance or highest progress in the state based on College and Career Ready Performance Index scores.

Barge’s visit is at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 29.

“We are proud of the students and staff at AR. Johnson for earning this distinction,” said Richmond County Superintendent Frank Roberson in a prepared statement. “In addition to the honor and recognition that it brings to the school and system, it reinforces our commitment to providing a challenging and relevant curriculum that prepares students for inspiring postsecondary experiences.”

A.R. Johnson will receive a $1,000 check from Georgia Natural Gas to support instruction and learning.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/21/13 - 09:35 pm
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Ribbon Cutting and Plaque Presenting

Yeah, it's nice for the award-winning school students to see a big wig make a presentation.

But, just once, wouldn't it be nice to see the state school superintendent show up at a school marked "not meeting expectations?"

Wouldn't it be nice to see the state school superintendent show up at a school marked "persistently dangerous?"

A new commenter posted this afternoon that the staff at Sego Middle school had been left in place for years even though the school fails to meet expectations year after year.

The school systems have learned that they can ignore No Child Left Behind rules with impunity because there are no teeth in the sanctions.

Go visit Richmond County's failed schools, Mr. Barge. There are plenty of them.

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countyman 08/21/13 - 09:40 pm
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Great school

This is great news, and AR Johnson is one of the best schools in the state.

Another reason to build a new high school that focuses on strictly IB students in West Augusta.

It's pretty sad people can't be satisfied with anything positive related to the county, and have to be negative.

That's part of the problem with America now. We give all the spotlight/attention to the kids messing up, but don't show the kids doing positive in the community daily.

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Riverman1 08/22/13 - 04:49 am
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Good point, LL

Good point, LL. The whole contradiction of having a couple of magnet high schools that score highly, but have a tiny fraction of the students in one of the worst performing school systems in the state is striking.

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corgimom 08/22/13 - 06:06 am
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LL, my thoughts exactly!

LL, my thoughts exactly!

avidreader
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avidreader 08/22/13 - 06:12 am
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Private Schools!

Now matter how you slice and dice it, ARJ and DFA are publicly funded private schools. There's no lottery for admission; the kids are chosen by committee. Many who apply are denied admission. Past records, including disciplinary reports, are taken into account.

The number of children at ARJ and DFA with two-parent families is also available for the public record. Why not post this statistic.

The mayor thinks that by opening new magnet schools, the entire county will benefit. This may be true, but for every new private school that opens, the remainder will be diluted with the "less than scholarly". Why build more schools when we are already burdened with current facilities? What if Richmond Academy became one of the elite, private schools? Where would all the average and below average kids go? The best and brightest from Laney and Josey and Westside would merge into ARC and, well, you know where I'm going with this scenario.

ARJ and DFA (and the new CTAE) are great schools. Let's simply let them do their thing. There are so many wonderful kids in this community that are attending the real public schools. Let's focus on building leadership within these ranks and encourage these kids to be part of the change. I know that I am an idealist, but I can't help it.

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countyman 08/22/13 - 10:21 am
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How is Richmond County one of

How is Richmond County one of the worst systems in the state? Please provide the facts?

I bet we hear the same comments when the scores at the new magnet school in South Augusta come out shortly... The county doesn't need to build another one, because the one in South Augusta is already doing good.

AR Johnson recently added 7th and 8th grades. The scores at CT Walker magnet are still very high even with the growth of AR Johnson. Freedom Park on Fort Gordon still managed to be named a 'national model school' in 2011.

Neither Davidson or AR Johnson stopped Westside from beating all of the schools in Columbia County almost every year since 2000 in SAT/ACT scores except for Lakeside/Greenbrier.

Neither Davidson or AR Johnson have stopped the IB program at Richmond Academy from expanding...

Building another magnet school especially in West Augusta won't dilute anything. It will even help attract new families into the county.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/22/13 - 11:03 am
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School Digger

I found this nifty web site — www.schooldigger.com — that allows you to compare individual schools or entire school systems. With just a few mouse clicks I got a statewide ranking of schools systems. Georgia apparently has 160 school systems. Richmond County school system came in at 150. Heading the list was the Jefferson City school system; and bringing up the rear was Hancock county school system. I hope this link to the results page works:

District rankings

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/22/13 - 11:06 am
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Not Quite

The link works, but it puts you on page one of the rankings. Richmond County is on page 15.

Or you can begin typing Richm in the search box, hit the search button, and it will take you to page 15.

Try it and let me know if it works for you.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/22/13 - 11:19 am
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By the way . . .

. . . for comparison, Atlanta Public Schools came in at 134 in the rankings.

Here are the top ten Georgia public school systems from schooldigger:

Jefferson City
Schley County
Buford City
Forsyth County
Fayette County
Trion City
Chicamauga City
Oconee County
Effingham County
Bleckley County

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Before anyone asks, Columbia County comes in at number 13.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/22/13 - 11:44 am
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Tiny

By the way, I found out that very small school systems are not included on the schooldigger rankings. For example, nearby Glascock County school system is not on the list because it is so small.

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class1 08/22/13 - 02:33 pm
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Test Scores

Why doesn't someone ask the State Superintendent why he lowered the number correct on this years CRCT. Was it he wanted the data to look like that state was improving? Anytime you lower the number correct of course the scores are going to improve. Also, why not visit a school that needs improvement, so he can see first hand what teachers have to put up with in the classroom.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/22/13 - 04:23 pm
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As LL proved, Richmond County

As LL proved, Richmond County is one of the worst school systems in the state. Thanks for the link.

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avidreader 08/22/13 - 05:30 pm
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Mr. Mayor!

You are a good man. I will vote for you when you run for . . . However, my position is not to attack you, but to add some insight. I am not simply involved in this school system, I am committed. I know that your are also committed to the RC school system. I would enjoy speaking with you sometime. I'll leave a message with Bruz.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/22/13 - 07:11 pm
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AvidReader

Did Mayor Copenhaver post a comment on this thread, only to have it removed by Sean?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/22/13 - 07:14 pm
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Red Cheeks Embarassment

Oh, when I re-read your excellent 6:12 a.m. post, I got it!

My bad.

Yes, our mayor/cheerleader always knows what is best.

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nocnoc 08/22/13 - 07:29 pm
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Question

What were the other 27 schools named as schools of excellence and what counties are they in?

Comment based on Last update of 9:06 PM

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lifelongresident 08/23/13 - 09:55 am
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DEAR MR. BARGE
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while you are at johnson, maybe just maybe if you think about it would you be kind enuff to ask why millions of dollars are being used to renovate the worst school in the county (when that money could be better used at a school at least meeting standards)?

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