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April 19, 2014

CHEERS — To Wheelerville school. Wheelerville students and members of the Caroga community decided to step up and support a good cause: Angel Flight....

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Apr-21-14 7:47 AM

Georgia insurers received more than 220,000 applications for health coverage in the Affordable Care Act’s exchange as of the official federal deadline of March 31, state officials said Wednesday.

Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, though, said premiums have been received for only 107,581 of those policies, which cover 149,465 people.

“Many Georgians completed the application process by the deadline, but have yet to pay for the coverage,” Hudgens said in a statement Wednesday.

Half? Half? Sure, the nonpayment rates will be a lot lower in other places. But this indicates how much skepticism is warranted for the administration’s much-touted enrollment figures.

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Apr-20-14 7:11 PM

Does anyone want the printout from the first article before they changed it??

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Apr-20-14 7:07 PM

For the 4 disagrees. The L.h. has Laura Lawrence ay $143,844; Treasurer Karen Metler at $118,996; coach Zale Benton at $118,771; Information officer Connie DeBiere at $117,868; and teacher Rose Sammons at $115,757. It is sad but true. Some one must be ashamed. Why else did the L.H. change it.

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Apr-20-14 10:40 AM

Best wishes to everyone for a Happy and Joyous Easter!

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Apr-20-14 10:36 AM

fedup...every time this issue is brought up, the "complaining" usually starts with those who bring up the nonsensical "teaching is a part time job" theory. Also imo, "scrapping the system and going private" would create even more chaos...all the wondrous educational philosophies are useless until 2 fundamental changes are made...unjust funding through property taxes, and reducing state mandates/returning more control to the local level. I agree with your statement re getting rid of ineffective teachers in that the termination process must be streamlined. It is so costly now, that some districts will create a meaningless position for an ineffective teacher, rather than go through the long/costly process of terminating them.

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Apr-20-14 8:41 AM

The devil is always in the detail regarding funding of the public (substandard) schools. It is almost always a payback to the unions for their blind support of the Governor and the Democrat Party.

This fall's election will have a $2 billion education funding bond act. The bond act will pass given voter apathy, the union's support, and the taxpayer funded commercials of this program. The result will be more taxpayers supported spending (along with interest) for a failied public education system.

The Governor knows that property owners will pay no more for public education so he will income taxes to support the funding shortfalls.

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Apr-19-14 6:06 PM

In the case of Fonda, the BOE should be going out with a 0% increase this year instead of jumping on the "what can we spend this extra aid on" bandwagon. This is one school that never learns and don't forget they want us to pay for the next 15 years on a project when we have no idea what our budgets will be like in those 15 years on top of it!! Schools are just so spend happy and use the "it's for the kids" card every time. I can't help but recall a year ago we put long term employees on the street with no notice and claimed we were on the cliff - how easily the board forgets. Put the extra aid away for the day "we are on the cliff again" because we all know Fonda will be there because we haven't fixed the problem yet.

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Apr-19-14 5:09 PM

Irrelevant grant??? Silly lib, of course it is, or do you really think a family without any means just 'appears' out of thin air? Unicorns maybe? Here's the other choice you failed to mention because it would spoil your entire narrative...stay where they are.

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Apr-19-14 10:35 AM

Let's get real on the waiting for public assistance issue. A family shows up in Johnstown with no food, no place to stay & no money. How they got there is irrelevant. They're there! So is the solution to tell them to go sit on the curb in front of the Cooper Building for a month? There would only be two solutions for the family: starving to death or turning to crime. Which solution would you prefer they take? And please don't say you don't care because you'd be in a very small minority. There are many, many people in Fulton County (like those at the Wheelerville School) who do care about others in need!

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Apr-19-14 10:21 AM

Leader Herald::: Shame on you. You changed your April 6, 2014 article. Top school incomes above medians.

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Apr-19-14 9:58 AM

The teachers are already at it. I read the letters to the editer. Vote yes it is for the children. The same school system had 17 employees making over 1.7 million dollars. Let them all take a pay cut and THEN say it is for the children.

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Apr-19-14 9:53 AM

In NYS we are paying top dollar per pupal but the ratings of NYS schools do not support the costs. Our gov just swindled more tax dollars to blow on schools that will spend it any way that they can, it is the way it has always been done. Time to be frugal all across the spectrum with education. Time to start getting our taxpayer moneys worth!

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Apr-19-14 9:50 AM

Waiting for assistance is a good start, now make sure that the applicant qualifies and after the wait continue to qualify. Also look into ways that the applicants can get themselves back into the stream of life without taxpayer support. Welfare was always intended and sold to taxpayers as a hand up not a hand out it is time to get them working to pay their own way.

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Apr-19-14 8:38 AM

Not to be misunderstood, I think that a waiting period for assistance is fair.

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Apr-19-14 8:22 AM

I didn't know that there was no waiting period for assistance. To me that seems very fair. I reside in the G'ville school district and if I remember correctly the increase in funding this year was $750,000, but we're still looking at a significant increase in our tax. There are 2 no votes coming from this household.

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Apr-19-14 7:42 AM

There is something very wrong in an "education" system which costs on the average per pupil more than twice the national average. A number of things need to be summarily scrapped, including political correctness and Common Core.

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Apr-19-14 7:37 AM

The welfare moochers should have exactly the same 'waiting period' that the guy in Mayfield has to endure just to dig gravel and sand.

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Apr-19-14 6:57 AM

Concerning the waiting period for social services, during this time it would benefit our tax payers to look at some reciprocity from areas where these people come from. It would also be of benefit to tax payers that our government not be so ready to build low cost housing, which the tax payer pays in the end with the current system.

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Apr-19-14 5:34 AM

Schools, municipalities, states and the Feds all are experts at one thing: Spending Other People's Money. It is felt hardest at the school district level where teachers and superintendents receive ridiculous salaries and achieve mediocre results at best. I believe the graduation rate at Amsterdam is in the 60-70% range. And the teachers and supers continue to take their raises and complain about how hard they work. In the real world, they would all be removed. If the shareholders of a company had to put up with this kind of performance, they would demand removal and we should too. But to get rid of ineffective teachers and supers requires an act of god. It isn't right and it has to stop. There must be some accountability. Spending over 17k per pupil per year and getting substandard results can no longer be tolerated. Maybe it is time to scrap the system and go to a private, for PROFIT, system. It is worth a try.

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