Friday, April 19, 2013
Check out this illustration sent to us by J.D. Clockadale.
Thanks to Brookhaven's own J.D. Clockadale for sending us this political cartoon. As you can see, it clearly calls for more local control of schools. See Also: Follow Patch's Extensive Coverage of the DeKalb Board of Education
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
School board member Eugene Walker responds to Gov. Nathan Deal's decision to suspend six members of the DeKalb board of education.
Tuesday, February 26
The Governor is wrong in his decision to suspend members of the DeKalb County Board of Education. The DeKalb School District has been placed on probation by a private accrediting institution called SACS which holds considerable sway in the education community. SACS has made a multitude of allegations, some of which I agree with, but all of them were developed unilaterally in a shrouded process. The leadership of SACS is not elected by the public, do not have to conform to open meetings and open records laws, and are not subject to constitutional due process as they sit in judgment of public institutions and elected officials. The DeKalb Board of Education, like all school boards, is a public institution. We have open meetings, open …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Some parents think public comments are being used to convey the wrong message to the school board's new Interim Superintendent.
The DeKalb County Board of Education held its first public meeting on Feb. 11 since reaching a costly separation agreement with former Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson. It also was the public's first official introduction to a newly-appointed Interim Superintendent, Michael Thurmond, the former state labor commissioner. The school board complex on Mountain Industrial in Stone Mountain was packed, despite what the camera showed to audiences watching the live webcast. The public speaking time slots were filled to capacity as well, which made up for the relatively light business agenda covered by the board. On the agenda for the evening was the approval of AP Tests, more computers for STEM labs and a small increase in capacity for the …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
DeKalb's new school superintendent has an extensive political background that may play a role in the board of education's future.
Michael Thurmond may be just the man to save the jobs of DeKalb's embattled school board. Whether that's a good thing, remains to be seen. Thurmond was appointed DeKalb's interim school superintendent Friday afternoon, after the board of education narrowly approved a severance package for former superintendent Cheryl Atkinson. Rumors had been circulating since last week that Atkinson was on her way out. DeKalb's school system is currently under probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The board is set to appear before the State Department of Education on Feb. 21 to brief state officials on its progress in meeting SACS recommendations to keep the school system accredited. The state board is then expected to …
Friday, February 8, 2013
As another school superintendent departs, this Dunwoody blogger wonders about the next chapter in the trials and tribulations of the DeKalb County School System.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
We know from experience across the country that the consumption of alcohol in a place where nudity is allowed is an invitation to disaster. The Supreme Court has determined communities can set standards for these establishments.
It is easy to get a controversy started. All one needs do is express an opinion rooted in a traditional moral or ethical position and there are people who disagree. Many people are willing to let all the barriers down allowing for what they see as total freedom. There are people advocating for no age limits in regard to issues related to alcohol or consent laws regarding sexual activity. It seems any time a person or group of people point to traditional family values or morals rooted in the fabric of our country, there are others who complain that morals and old fashioned ideas are being forced on them. All laws are founded upon a set of moral standards agreed upon by the majority of the people in a culture. In every civilization we know…
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Now showing at Dunwoody's UA Perimeter Point Stadium.
Arnold is back from being a two-term governor to playing a small-town sheriff. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a semi-retired sheriff in an sleepy southwest border town. He and his motley crew must now stop a notorious drug kingpin from escaping into Mexico in "The Last Stand." The bullets fly. There is plenty of action. But the star looks a bit rusty. You quickly come to the realization that this film is undeniably ludicrous. Look, Arnold has never been a good actor, but it's a bit worse since he got back from being the "Governator." So what does he do to make up for his lack of talent? Cue an explosive montage! This movie is simply a testosterone-infused piece of cinema. It's cynical and satirical, coming at you in the form of a semi-…
Saturday, January 5, 2013
In theaters this week, an impossible journey to the core of the human heart in the true life story of a family swept away in one of the worst natural disasters in our lifetime.
Saturday, January 5
A family of five begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking for some fun in the sun. Soon their holiday turns into a nightmare as a giant tsunami rises up from the ocean and sweeps them away in "The Impossible." Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor head up this star-studded cast that tells the true story of one family's experience during the devastating 2004 tsunami that devoured Southeast Asia. The acting, though there is very little dialogue, is amazing and the special effects, especially in the first 45 minutes, are mind-boggling. Watts is being considered for an Oscar for her performance but the kids, in my opinion, steal every scene in which they appear. The film runs two hours, and it is a bit sappy at times, perhaps too sentimental. …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Billy Crystal, Bette Milder and three talented child actors make this film, which opens on Christmas Day, worth checking out.
EDITOR'S NOTE:"Parental Guidance" opens Christmas Day at UA Perimeter Pointe in Dunwoody. You'll be forgiven if you think "Parental Guidance," a comedy starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei seems to follow a standard formula of old vs. new. The producers of the film aren't apologetic about it. They even promote the movie as Old School vs. New School in parenting. As the movie starts, Crystal's character, Artie Decker, a baseball announcer, is having career problems. The last thing Artie wants to do is spend time with his grandchildren. But his wife, Diane, portrayed by Bette Midler, wants a chance to no longer be her grandkids' second favorite grandmother. When the grandparents arrive in the Atlanta suburb that is home to …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Tom Cruise plays an ex-Army investigator who puts the smackdown on just about everyone he meets.
Tom Cruise delves out the punishment as an ex-miltary guy roped into a murder investigation. He's got to take out the bad guys, save the girl and find the real killer in "Jack Reacher." The Jack Reacher book series has been popular for years, now it's moving to the big screen under Cruise control, with the actor as a quiet and deadly man. Cruise is the rare action star who brings both brawn and brains to a role, but in this case he's limited by a weak script. He does, however, excel during the action scenes. Packing quite a punch. A real kick in the pants. See the video here, you will know what I'm talking about. What you see is what you get in this flick. Action, reaction, Cruise being brutal and brash; it's all here. The crime that draws…