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Sunday Issue: Online Virtual Charter Schools
Atlanta Forward

Sunday Issue: Online Virtual Charter Schools

AJC reporting shows both growth and troubling overall performance in Georgia’s virtual charter schools, indicating the concept needs both more work.

Dangerous status quo shows need for reform of policing

I recently had the honor of attending a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House, along with activists, religious leaders, civil rights leaders, police union leaders and chiefs of police, as well as Loretta Lynch, the Attorney General of the United States, and senior members of her staff and the President’s staff.

Religious freedom is for all of us

In recent years we’ve been treated to a lot of high-handed rhetoric about the sanctity of the Constitution and of the liberties enumerated in the Bill of Rights.
Surprising reversal: School readiness gap narrows between rich and poor kids

Surprising reversal: School readiness gap narrows between rich and poor kids

Research findings released today depart from the usual bleak news about the academic prospects of American children born into low-income families: The gap in kindergarten academic readiness between high- and low-income students narrowed by 10 percent to 16 percent between 1998 and 2010.

Duly honoring a UGA legend

On Sept. 4, 1932, Vincent Joseph Dooley inhaled his first breath in Mobile, Ala. A good high school athlete, he was awarded a football scholarship to Auburn University, where he played quarterback for Coach Ralph “Shug” Jordan.
Following teams in sports, politics

Following teams in sports, politics

Finally, blessedly, college football season is upon us. It’s the unofficial sport of the South.
On another ‘radical fringe’ idea of America’s future

On another ‘radical fringe’ idea of America’s future

Every American worker, apparently, in the minds of Block and Piven. (AP file photo) No week spent discussing the “radical fringe” in politics would be complete without reviewing one of the most insidious political arguments I’ve seen so far in 2016.

Marcus: Obliging a donor is not necessarily criminal

On the subject of the Clinton Foundation and newly disclosed State Department emails, let us first dispense with Donald Trump’s unhinged calls for a special prosecutor to investigate what he terms a corrupt “pay for play” arrangement.

Krauthammer: The bribery standard

WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders never understood the epic quality of the Clinton scandals. In his first debate, he famously dismissed the email issue, it being beneath the dignity of a great revolutionary to deal in things so tawdry and straightforward.

Readers Write: Aug. 26

Perdue’s working-class concerns curiousIt was refreshing to see such concern from Republican David Perdue about the plight of the working man and the increasing income inequality in this country in (“Ga.
Lessons for all in case of Newton County mosque

Lessons for all in case of Newton County mosque

Plans for a mosque in Newton County — and some loudly negative reactions to those plans — pose some uncomfortable truths to people on both sides of Georgia’s religious-liberty debate.

Readers Write: Aug. 25

Back-to-school solicitations too muchAfter a month of stores asking me to donate money for back-to-school supplies and organizations wanting to “Stuff The Bus” with backpacks, I’ve about had it!
Poll: Non-whites just as likely as whites to back ‘racist’ voter ID laws

Poll: Non-whites just as likely as whites to back ‘racist’ voter ID laws

DeKalb County voters go to the polls in Scottdale, May 24. (AJC Photo / Hyosub Shin) With voter ID laws back in the news not too long ago — and an election just a couple of months away — this new poll result is rather interesting, to say the least: “(N)ew Gallup research shows four in five Americans support both early voting and voter ID laws.

Readers Write: Aug. 24

Calhoun offers us words of warningSometimes history can be a guide to present circumstances. John C.
Online schools not yet making grade

Online schools not yet making grade

The steady growth and mediocre performance of Georgia’s virtual charter schools tell us two things: Parents want online education options for their children.
Online schools not yet making grade

Online schools not yet making grade

The steady growth and mediocre performance of Georgia’s virtual charter schools tell us two things: Parents want online education options for their children.

Voices: Let Trump be Trump. There's no other option.

 WASHINGTON — Let Trump be Trump. For one thing, there's no other option.That's a lesson from past presidential campaigns that neither family members nor political strategists nor ad makers can defy.

Readers Write: Aug. 23

Roswell police deserve highest praiseMy niece, Natalie Henderson, and her friend, Carter Davis, were the two teenagers murdered behind the Publix in Roswell on Aug.
AP poll got it right but Dogs, Tech (and LSU) will rise

AP poll got it right but Dogs, Tech (and LSU) will rise

The AP Top 25 came out Sunday and there are at least three reasons why the response was far more muted than it used to be: 1) There’s a playoff system now; 2) There’s an official selection committee that ultimately decides the four playoff teams and it won’t come out with its first set of rankings until November; 3) Frankly, a lot of sports writers don’t feel like blogging on Sundays.
AP poll got it right but Dogs, Jackets will rise (and watch out for LSU)

AP poll got it right but Dogs, Jackets will rise (and watch out for LSU)

The AP Top 25 came out Sunday and there are at least three reasons why the response was far more muted than it used to be: 1) There’s a playoff system now; 2) There’s an official selection committee that ultimately decides the four playoff teams and it won’t come out with its first set of rankings until November; 3) Frankly, a lot of sports writers don’t feel like blogging on Sundays.

Readers Write: Aug. 22

Aetna dropout could be spiteful moveRegarding the front-page article about Aetna dropping out of the ACA exchanges, let me see if I understand this story: Aetna offers to sell health insurance policies to people in need of health insurance.
A Bulldog dozen: UGA’s greatest opening games

A Bulldog dozen: UGA’s greatest opening games

With tickets now in hand and Nick Chubb taking tackles in practice, Georgia Bulldogs fans are getting increasingly excited about Kirby Smart’s first season as head coach.

Readers Write: Aug. 21

CEO’s mea culpa little consolationIt was forthcoming and refreshing for Delta CEO Ed Bastian to come forward accepting responsibility for the unbelievably disruptive computer glitch recently experienced.

Fighting for power of truth

The day before the verdict, Deborah Lipstadt and I shared a coffee in the elegant London hotel that had become her home during the weeks of the trial.

Time has come for new Congress

Health-insurance giant Aetna announced this week that it will no longer sell Obamacare policies through exchanges here in Georgia and 10 other states, a decision that will force an estimated 900,000 policyholders throughout the country to turn to another provider.

Shrinking competition is just another crack in Obamacare

Welcome to the death spiral.Not to be confused with Sarah Palin’s “death panels,” the death spiral is how health economists describe the vicious cycle that could tear apart our health-insurance market.
Insurers hit the exits, putting another crack in Obamacare

Insurers hit the exits, putting another crack in Obamacare

Welcome to the death spiral. Not to be confused with Sarah Palin’s “death panels,” the death spiral is how health economists describe the vicious cycle that could tear apart our health-insurance market.

Krauthammer: The price of powerlessness

This week Russian bombers flew out of Iranian air bases to attack rebel positions in Syria. The State Department pretended not to be surprised.
Insurers hit the exits, putting another crack in Obamacare

Insurers hit the exits, putting another crack in Obamacare

Welcome to the death spiral. Not to be confused with Sarah Palin’s “death panels,” the death spiral is how health economists describe the vicious cycle that could tear apart our health-insurance market.

Krauthammer: The price of powerlessness

This week Russian bombers flew out of Iranian air bases to attack rebel positions in Syria. The State Department pretended not to be surprised.

Readers Write: Aug. 19

More than two options in Senate raceThe AJC’s failure to include me in your U.S. Senate poll represents the latest abuse of power by the media to the detriment of my campaign.

One way Hillary is letting Trump sabotage her

Republicans aren’t the only ones who have fallen into the Trump trap.Scan the headlines and the airwaves, the reportage and the punditry, on both the right and the left, and you find this election remains about one thing: Donald Trump.

Readers Write: Aug. 18

Sanchez not entitled to her own factsI’d give Mary Sanchez a C+ on her “Study illuminates the way police die in the line of duty,” Balanced Views, Aug.
One way Donald Trump is also sabotaging Hillary Clinton

One way Donald Trump is also sabotaging Hillary Clinton

Republicans aren’t the only ones who have fallen into the Trump trap. Scan the headlines and the airwaves, the reportage and the punditry, on both the right and the left, and you find this election remains first, last and always about one thing: Donald Trump.

Readers Write: Aug. 17

This election will forever shape U.S.What’s with these Republicans? George Will has questions about Donald Trump and the Constitution.

Readers Write: Aug. 16

Climate data lacking in Zika storiesThe AJC has published a number of stories about the outbreak of Zika in South Florida.

Readers Write: Aug. 16

Climate data lacking in Zika storiesThe AJC has published a number of stories about the outbreak of Zika in South Florida.

Pieces of silver

By now, it’s obvious to everyone with open eyes that Donald Trump is an ignorant, wildly dishonest, erratic, immature, bullying egomaniac.
Towers: Now what do with Maurice Smith?

Towers: Now what do with Maurice Smith?

ATHENS — Now comes the hard part. Maurice Smith is officially a Georgia Bulldog, down to the red and black uniform and the number 2 jersey he was wearing Saturday at Sanford Stadium.

Readers Write: Aug. 14

Central library not worth savingAtlanta Central Library, designed by the renowned architect Marcel Breuer, is undoubtedly admired by many in the architectural community as a masterpiece, but I suggest to the vast majority of the public this dreary soul-destroying building is sheer unadulterated ugliness.

For GOP, reality sinks in

For the GOP, this week was the moment when they realized that the USS Trump-tanic really is going to sink, straight to the bottom of the ocean.

Lasting lesson of Olympics legacy

It’s worth considering that perhaps the most valuable lesson from the 1996 Centennial Summer Olympic Games was one Atlantans and Georgians taught ourselves.

Georgia educrats’ ‘Scary Movie’

Holidays seem to arrive earlier every year, don’t they? Thanks to the Georgia PTA, we now have Halloween in August.
The great affluence fallacy

The great affluence fallacy

In 18th-century America, colonial society and Native American society sat side by side. The former was buddingly commercial; the latter was communal and tribal.
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