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Jeff Meadors: Fiscal conservatism can be a lonely endeavor

It matters little who dislikes me along my solitary walk with defeat in opposition to waste and abuse. No one will love any of us when the money’s gone.

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Jeff Meadors: Interest groups circling Georgia's struggling schools

What strategies do public schools espouse to oppose mounting opposition?

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Meadors: Federal dollars come with too many testing strings attached

Federal dollars come with strings attached, but in this case it's a wrecking ball.

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Jeff Meadors: Math mastery eludes many Georgia students

Does area math performance build a case for college math?

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Jeff Meadors: STEM Institute matches student skills with workplace needs

Can public school leaders hatch innovations for students within minimum competency guidelines set by the state?

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Jeff Meadors: Guiding our students toward college, career readiness

The current issue of Fortune Magazine profiles the 100 Best Companies to Work For and 78 of them need to fill 67,000 jobs. Will Georgians fill any of those spots?

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Jeff Meadors: What factors determine success for students?

In "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character," Paul Tough argues that medicine explains why children who grow up in dysfunctional environments find it hard to concentrate.

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Jeff Meadors: Time to restore support, integrity, dollars to classroom teachers

I'd like to see us start from scratch and restore dollars and professionalism to the real magicians of teaching and learning: classroom teachers.

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Jeff Meadors: Better control needed over school funds

DeKalb County schools cannot account for $12 million in taxpayer funds. Are they the only ones abusing other peoples’ money?

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Jeff Meadors: Dual enrollment clearly tied to college success

Everybody's talking college completion, at least in education and schools, but what lies in the DNA of student success?

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Jeff Meadors: The end of innocence

With every child, something in us died. This is as tough as it gets.

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Jeff Meadors: RCA a story of shared success

Rockdale Career Academy is celebrating.

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Jeff Meadors: Effective principals key to student, teacher success

A highly effective principal can increase his or her students' scores up to 10 percentile points on standardized tests in just one year.

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Jeff Meadors: Trigger Act would arm parents in fight for higher student achievement

Georgia state Rep. Edward Lindsey aims to introduce the Parent Trigger Act on day one of the 2013 Georgia General Assembly.

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Jeff Meadors: School boards sometimes need lessons in open government

On its last day in session the 2012 Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 397, changing the course of Open Records and Open Meetings acts for Georgia schools.

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Jeff Meadors: Leadership focused on student achievement pays off

The highest performing high school in Newton County based on numerical indices of student performance is Eastside High.

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Jeff Meadors: Schools need higher achievement and accountability

How do schools with decreasing scores explain them and will new local school plans for improvement offer accountability to taxpayers?

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Jeff Meadors: Challenge Charter offers an option when students need one

Qualitative data and quantitative data convincde me Challenge Charter Academy needs a chance.

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Jeff Meadors: Let's shine some light on schools' performance problems

Charter fever. Some have it. Others hate it. Let's break it down.

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Jeff Meadors: Recognize teachers as the real education experts

The best ideas in education come from the classroom.

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Jeff Meadors: It's time to heed what the data are telling us

K-8 data in the Newton County School System (NCSS) reveal highly effective teaching in these classrooms.

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Jeff Meadors: Tough leadership needed for school change

Leadership matters. We need it nationally; we need it locally.

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Jeff Meadors: Early college a choice for success

More and more high school students are making the early leap to college.

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Jeff Meadors: New data provides brighter outlook for Newton

No sooner did I report on fiscal year 2011 data than fiscal year 2012 data came forth revealing an upward trend in student achievement in Newton.

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Jeff Meadors: Romney/Ryan ticket could help education

Hard talk about schools is hard to swallow and most don't want to engage, but it should not allow educators to lose focus on student achievement.

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Jeff Meadors: RCA leads the way again

Rockale Career Academy holds annual Public Safety/Law and Justice Pathway cookout on Saturday to the delight of all.

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Jeff Meadors: Nepotism in school systems undermines public trust

Nepotism stirs debate in public education just as public schools need desperately to establish public trust.

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Jeff Meadors: Funding changes provide plethora of options for students

A movement toward choice has made its case and state officials have responded.

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Jeff Meadors: Close the readiness gap between high school and college

Better communication is needed between K-12 and higher education about the demands of college and requisite skills for success.

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Jeff Meadors: The value of the written word survives generations

College students often complain about teachers asking them to write. "When will I ever use this?" they ask.

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Jeff Meadors: Community colleges best value in education

Academic preparation is a core function of community colleges. Their mission today has evolved into workforce preparation, job training and community-focused programs.

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Jeff Meadors: RCA successfully links learning with careers

RCA has far exceeded the statewide goal of creating access to career options for all students by 2020.

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Jeff Meadors: Two-year colleges hold great promise for student success

Two-year colleges offer students opportunities for success in the classroom and beyond.

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Jeff Meadors: Search for quality education leaves public schools out of the equation

From Michigan to Oregon to Newton County students are opting out of public schools and dollars are joining them. Now you see them; now you don't.

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Jeff Meadors: A message to graduates — Hold fast to faith, family and a strong work ethic

After the glitter of pomp and circumstance fades it will be your productivity that matters.

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Jeff Meadors: Have school boards overstepped their bounds?

Aren't school boards really about setting policy, ensuring accreditation and student success when all is said and done?

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Jeff Meadors: Parents need to arm themselves with knowledge of school finance

Money changes everything as school boards and systems aim to prove their worth to parents in a new age of accountability.

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Jeff Meadors: Highly effective principals model good behavior

Elaine McEwan's "Ten Traits of Highly Effective Principals" points to a set of characteristics necessary to develop highly effective principals who create communities of learners with high academic and behavioral expectations.

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Jeff Meadors: American education not training students for meaningul work

America's strength depends on a workforce adept at problem solving, critical thinking, entrepreneurship, team work and research.

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Jeff Meadors: Bad hiring practices costly to schools

It takes schools years to recover from bad hiring; some students don't.

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Jeff Meadors: Government funds wasted while educations lags

Every international statistic highlights the trending demise of American education concurrent with the constant attack on school system budgets.

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Jeff Meadors: Teachers are greatest resource for improving achievement

The U.S. spends in excess of $20 billion on non-military foreign aid. I'd like to see those dollars in our classrooms.

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Jeff Meadors: Strong leaders will take us from good to great

Those who go from good to great start by getting the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats.

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Jeff Meadors: $3.2B lunch bill should be spent on teachers' planning at least

Before we start regulating the food on our plates, let's give teachers a free lunch period.

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Jeff Meadors: Teachers should be teaching, not policing bullies

Teachers' duties should be confined to the classroom.

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Jeff Meadors: Charter school bills' passage should be wake up call to public schools

The passage of HR 1162 carries with it a reverberating alarm and educators cannot afford to snooze.

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