The Times has been reporting some of the important grading changes that Gainesville City schools is implementing for 2010-2011. These include the addition of an enhancement period at GMS and GHS, a new grading scale at GMS, and standards based report cards at the elementary schools.
Election-year politics can make cynics out of just about anyone, so every once in awhile it's worth pausing to look at the remarkable good that elected officials can achieve, particularly when they rise above both partisan and special interests.
Nathan Deal wasn't ever guaranteed a spot in the runoff election. For months leading up to Tuesday's primary election, the former 9th District U.S. House representative barely budged from a spot in third place among Republican candidates seeking the governor's mansion. The state's insurance commissioner, John Oxendine, held tightly to the top seed in the race, holding a sizeable lead in the polls over former Secretary of State Karen Handel and Deal up until what seemed ...
On the national scale, incumbents may suffer dramatically in the 2010 midterm elections, potentially resulting in the Republicans gaining control of the House of Representatives (or maybe even the Senate). This anti-incumbent sentiment has permeated to the state and local level as people continue to look for fresh ideas to serious economic and fiscal problems. It seems as though anti-incumbency has become the primary voter motivation; even stronger than partisanship.
As gubernatorial candidates battle for the state's top job, the most important issue remains obvious - money. A balanced budget could define the success of the candidate that gains office. But there are many needs to consider, including education, transportation, public safety and health care. As state tax revenue remains low, cuts seem the only option.
Education systems, from pre-kindergarten through higher education, will face troubling times in the upcoming years.
Eight days of long-winded stories on the river and we haven't even begun to scratch the surface.
We traveled more than 1,300 miles, snapped more than 1,000 images and wrote countless pages of notes in order to bring you a story the river cannot tell on its own.
Todd Long just traded in his Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck for a Toyota Corolla.
Much nonsense has been written in recent years about the prospects of American decline and the inevitable rise of China. But it was not a declining power that I saw in recent weeks as I jetted from the Middle East to the Far East through two of America's pivotal geographic commands - Central Command and Pacific Command. The very fact that the entire world is divided into American military commands is significant. There is no ...
There's never a shortage of temptations to ignore our First Amendment right of free expression and pervert the law into a billy club to banish disturbing speech. Now many demand we outlaw mean folks shouting vile epithets about homosexuals at funerals, ads for "unhealthy" food targeted at children and "inappropriate" Internet content.
I've often heard that, although money doesn't make you happy, it does provide you with a greater number of options. Unfortunately, the number of options available for funding our educational systems have become fewer as our economy has faltered. Even as late as 2007, when I began with the Hall County Board of Education, the options were more plentiful as was the amount of revenue. With the rate of growth at that time, I wouldn't have envisioned the need to close a school.
Today the people of Cuba are living under a form of the Stockholm Syndrome: Smiling contentedly, living day to day on the government babble and the food dole.
"The weekend that man tried to murder me, was what you would call ... a long weekend."
In just more than a month, thousands will gather at Road Atlanta in Braselton for a tribute to all those who have been affected by cancer and to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The event goes all night, with at least one member from each team walking around the track at all times.
XIAN, China - Congress should not waste time debating a comprehensive climate change legislation in the coming year.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - In its most recent assessment released this fall, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that warming of the Earth's climate system is both unequivocal and unprecedented, a conclusion that rests on multiple and independent sources of data.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The interim deal struck with Iran by the "5 plus 1" powers shows promise for achieving the end that Iran will not wind up with a nuclear program. Whether it is the deal that will be responsible for that end depends, of course, on whether Iran was building nuclear weapons at all. If Iran does not develop nuclear weapons, we may never know whether it was the deal that brought that about.
WASHINGTON - The six-month deal between U.S.-led negotiators and Iran will make an Iranian atomic bomb more likely, not less, because it significantly strengthens the very regime in Tehran that so desperately wants nuclear weaponry.
WASHINGTON - Dan Snyder remains adamant that he will not change the nickname of his beloved football team.
LOGAN, Utah - Members of the Oneida Indian Nation are demanding that the National Football League's Washington Redskins change the team's name to something less offensive to American Indians. Sportscaster Bob Costas calls the current nickname "an insult, a slur."
The Gettysburg Address was a long time "a-birthing," almost nine decades, or, as Lincoln said in one of the best-known phrases in American politics: "Four score and seven years ago"- 87 years being the time between the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and when Lincoln delivered his address at Gettysburg.
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