Is lottery money really funding schools?

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So the burning question is still: What's up with the Georgia Lottery?

Isn't some of this money supposed to help fund our dismal education system? Kids are being turned into salespeople to keep their schools afloat -- my son was introduced to this in pre-K. Pre-K! But like everything else in this state, Atlanta does and always will get the lion's share of federal funds as well as, apparently, the lottery money -- while the rest of the state fights over the crumbs.

I wonder if the Georgia Lottery has any accountants. There are millions of people buying tickets 24/7/365, and with the occasional payoff, there has to be a little left over.

Why must education suffer, which in turn means our kids, the parents, teachers and economy suffer? Then the first thing you hear on the news is how far behind we are other states in education.

Clay Howard

Augusta

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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 10/18/10 - 06:00 am
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If the lottery money is

If the lottery money is distributed by the same people who handle federal education money, it's going to be distributed in the same manner. With no competition, (vouchers), there's no reason or rhyme and the taxpayer has no say in the distribution. Thank you, Department of education.

How do you like the product your tax dollars are producing?

dashiel
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dashiel 10/18/10 - 07:30 am
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Convenience stores also sell

Convenience stores also sell thumb-friendly Bic lighters so you don't have to wait in line to set your money on fire.

getalife
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getalife 10/18/10 - 08:10 am
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I have not seen how much of a

I have not seen how much of a bonus the Ga lottery officials received this year, but in the past it has been several million dollars spread over the executive staff. In the case of the CEO, she received about $250,000., with her salary being almost that much, she received close to a half million dollars. I wrote Governor Purdue and complained that the money should be used for education and he responded that the lottery was a private company that was setup by the state and he had no say in what they did??

Chillen
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Chillen 10/18/10 - 08:32 am
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The lottery shouldn't fund

The lottery shouldn't fund Pre-K. That is ridiculous. Public education should start in Kindergarten. Cancel the Pre-K babysitting program.

The lottery shouldn't cover students who are "given" high school grades so that they can get lottery funds to go to college. Factor in SAT scores as part of the equation. This will be the true litmus test of who is capable of going to college. Make the minimum 1050 or 1100 on the 2-part SAT.

Lastly, why give benefits to college students for an entire year? Re-evaluate after each semester. It can be done electronically. There are MANY college students who get C's & D's their first semester. They continue to get their lottery funds the second semester, only to repeat their folly.

Tighten up on these 3 areas and you will see many more funds available for students who truly deserve them.

corgimom
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corgimom 10/18/10 - 08:33 am
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"By law, half of the money

"By law, half of the money goes to prizes, one-third to education, and the remainder to operating and marketing the lottery. "

The HOPE scholarship, which everyone thought was just hunky-dory, was a Ponzi scheme from the start- and it's draining the lottery money.

The sad part of it is, so many of those HOPE scholarship winners don't belong in college any more than my dog Toby does- and they flunk out, and the money is wasted.

Go take a look at an ASU course schedule, and look at the enormous amount of remedial classes.

If someone doesn't know how to read, write a proper sentence, and solve basic math problems by age 18, how did they get a high school diploma in the first place, let alone a 3.00 GPA?

chascush
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chascush 10/18/10 - 09:23 am
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The lotteries are a tax on

The lotteries are a tax on the poor and the dumb. Many buy their lotto tickets when they are buying their cigarettes, true gamblers. By the time all the folks running it, and the politicians, get their cut out of it very little goes to schools. The lotteries have not improved schools in GA or SC.

chascush
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chascush 10/18/10 - 09:27 am
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‘If someone doesn't know how

‘If someone doesn't know how to read, write a proper sentence, and solve basic math problems by age 18, how did they get a high school diploma in the first place, let alone a 3.00 GPA?’
This is what you get with the liberals guvamint schools. They want to keep the folks dumb so they will keep voting for them, Hussein voters. A lot of lotto players.

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sconservative 10/18/10 - 10:26 am
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The lottery has been a dismal

The lottery has been a dismal failure! It increased demand with "free" scholarships, and costs increased over 1000%. That is Economics 101!
The politicians, professors and administrators have profited very well!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 10/18/10 - 12:45 pm
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"If someone doesn't know how

"If someone doesn't know how to read, write a proper sentence, and solve basic math problems by age 18, how did they get a high school diploma in the first place, let alone a 3.00 GPA?"

Thank our public education system for this. This is why so many college students are in remedial classes, because they weren't taught what they needed to be taught in high school.

I agree that the grades in college need to be evaluated more than once a year but actually most students do not do well their first semester. Some of it is because they are not prepared in high school, some of it is the maturity adjustment between high school and college. Evaluate it after the first semester and if they are not making the standard grade put them on academic probation, then if by the second semester their GPA does not meet standards they loose the HOPE money.

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ameliaf 10/18/10 - 01:21 pm
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The Hope Scholarships make a

The Hope Scholarships make a huge difference for some young people. I would like to see receipt of the Hope means tested - than to see it reduced. Means testing gets the money into the hands of students who have the hardest time paying for college.

I saw a study several years ago that analyzed income levels of lottery ticket buyers in Georgia. Not surprising, most lottery tickets are bought by low income folks. But, if you look at income levels of the families of Hope recipients, it is skewed toward higher income families. So what that really means is that low income folks fund college for high income folks.

Just the luck of the draw, I suppose, because low income folks get the change to WIN!!!!!!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 10/18/10 - 01:45 pm
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If majority of lottery ticket

If majority of lottery ticket buyers in Georgia are from low income folks, but the recipients for Hope for to higher income familiers....that tells me that lower income individuals are not smart enough to realize they are wasting their money (what are the odds of winning big) and that children from higher income families expect higher academic standards.

It's all a matter of priority.

Chillen
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Chillen 10/18/10 - 03:30 pm
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ameliaf. There is already

ameliaf. There is already financial aid for those "without means". To give them Hope money on top of it would be redundant. Believe the, the "poor" in this counry are WELL taken care of. To a fault and to our detriment. Most don't even want to work anymore.

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soldout 10/18/10 - 07:27 pm
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In history I don't think we

In history I don't think we can find where someone found a right way to do a wrong thing. We encourage folks to gamble and believe everything will go smoothly and well. There is something called sowing and reaping that works 100% of the time. It is the same with alcohol. Richmond county has been wet so long they should be looking for places to spend money rather than looking for money. Columbia county went wet a few years ago and day will come when they will be looking for money too. Governments and people get to choose whether they want to be blessed or not.

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Nightwing 10/18/10 - 07:59 pm
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The Lottery gives people with

The Lottery gives people with no dreams or little dreams to dream big, maybe just one day, one more ticket, almost won.....

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scoobynews 10/18/10 - 08:35 pm
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People you have no idea what

People you have no idea what is going on in the school systems today. It is a crying shame. Teachers are being told to "teach then reteach and reteach until they "get it". Sounds good doesn't it but the catch is EVERYONE is suppose to be able to get an A. Notice what I said not EARN an A but get an A. As you reteach and reteach again the kids that studied and got it right the first time are being given busy work to keep them quiet while you small group the ones that didn't study or care the first 2 or 3 times you went over it. It is basically dumbing down the curriculum to the point that everyone passes even when you have to retest them 2 or 3 times. So when the system gets flooded even more with these high school kids with 3.0s now you will know why.

So crates
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So crates 10/18/10 - 09:06 pm
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Maybe the AC will do some

Maybe the AC will do some stellar investigative reporting and uncover the truth behind this question, Clay. Look, I made a funny!

chascush
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chascush 10/19/10 - 07:19 pm
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scoobynews, ‘ It is basically

scoobynews, ‘ It is basically dumbing down the curriculum to the point that everyone passes even when you have to retest them 2 or 3 times.’
This is what has been going on ole peanut brain Carter created the department of education.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 10/19/10 - 08:08 pm
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Chas, Carter messed up big

Chas, Carter messed up big time. Bush complicated things more with "No child left with a chance" which proves both parties, at least education wise, know mule squeeze from shinola.

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