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GA SB167 - Anti-Common Core in GA - GA State House Educ Committee Meeting


GA House Education Committee Hearing for SB 167 (Anti-Common Core)

I am not sure what I am getting myself into today, or how/if this will go, with CoverItLive Live Blogging, but we'll see…

Join me later this afternoon for the highly-controversial Georgia House Education Committee Hearing for SB 167 (Anti-Common Core):

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 606 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building (across from State Capitol)

It has been an interesting couple of days, regarding this bill, which has been passed by the GA Senate and will go to a vote in the GA House next Wednesday, March 12.

One place to start is with the actual reading of the now-18-page bill:

Unfortunately, it is not as easy or clear as a regular public citizen might hope, in trying to understand all the ins and outs.

Interesting analysis and coverage of the issue, with which I tend to agree, for the most part, can be found on the AJC Get Schooled Blog by Maureen Downey:
The anti-standards bill: A backwards state stepping further back as rest of world moves forward

If nothing else, these two sources alone will provide several hours' worth of thought-provoking reading material before the hearing this afternoon. I'll be there. The Live Blog will be here:


BDW13ATL: Can Big Data Mitigate Threats?

The Continuing Adventures of a Non-techie Writer Live Blogging Technology...

Big Data Week: Atlanta
Can Big Data Mitigate Threats to Public Safety and Security?

From what I do know about Big Data, this will be one of the most intriguing sessions of the week, sure to be of interest to Big Data techies and non-techies alike. Big Data's role in protecting us from another recession (fraud detection), petty crime, gang violence and terrorism & domestic events like the Boston Marathon Bombing: Surveillance, Protection, Deterrence & Aftermath of crisis. (Spooky stuff)


The Future with Big Data: Atlanta Kickoff Event

See the prelim info: Live Blogging Adventures: Big Data Week.

Let's make it clear: I am a Lifestyle, Humor & Book Reviews/Literary Rebel writer. My Live Blogging and most-recent reporting experience for Patch Media has been primarily in Education & Civic Issues. I am a non-techie girl, living in a very tech-geeky world, between my husband, the CTO, and our very tech-savvy three children (ages 18, 15 & 12).

So here goes Big Data Week:Atlanta and The Rebel Housewife® (remember: non-techie) Live Blogging Technology for the first time (unless you count the Rebel Review - Kindle: Love or Hate?).

[P.S. I don't know why the early blog-entry tags carry my usual "atlantaparent" screen name, and why I couldn't go back and change it, but there you go. Sorry.]


APS Grady HS Community Mtg After School Shooting - February 28, 2013

For more information about the school shooting at Grady High School in Atlanta on February 27, 2013, please see:

APS Calls Thursday Grady Meeting to Talk School Safety
Midtown Patch - 02/27/2013

I also want to note that the Grady High School award-winning student newspaper, The Southerner, provided excellent coverage on The Grady Southerner Facebook Page as events unfolded yesterday, including accurate information, details and pictures. The student coverage was a great source of reassurance and relief to parents on the outside and informed the community about what was happening on the locked-down campus.

I will be LIVE BLOGGING the APS Grady HS Community Meeting tonight (2/28/2013), beginning at 6:30 p.m. Join me here live tonight or for the re-cap tomorrow in Midtown Patch/Patch Media.