Georgia National Guard’s Youth ChalleNGe academies could be a victim of budget cuts

One of Georgia’s three Youth ChalleNGe Program academies will most likely become a victim of the state’s budget cuts for FY21. General Thomas Carden, Jr., The Adjutant General for Georgia, described the cut as “one of the largest and most painful budget cuts” for FY 21 when addressing members of the Senate Appropriations Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

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Beware of mortgage forbearance consequences

COVID-19 has affected Georgians in many different ways. As businesses and governments shifted into shutdown, many started to wonder how they were going to pay their bills, rent and mortgages. As more and more segments of the economy shut down jobs were lost at record levels, people panicked and the federal government stepped in to the rescue with the CARES Act.

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Could Cities Learn Something from Atlanta’s Mayor?

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has faced her fair share of criticism during her tenure as Atlanta’s chief executive, including her decision to cancel Atlanta’s beloved Peach Drop last New Year’s Eve. Even so, she’s also taken some laudable steps that deserve praise – especially in the realm of criminal justice reform.

Let’s Seek Standardized Teacher Preparation

It is time that we look more closely at how we train teachers. If we have committed to the idea of using standardized testing to measure student success, then we also need to commit to the idea of standardized preparation and training for our teachers.

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Local Produce Sales Up

As Georgians try to return to normal, one local industry is seeing sales numbers majorly on the rise – local farmers.  Farmers markets across the state are reporting big time numbers as locals’ demand for fresh produce has exploded.  At the Forsyth Farmers’ Market in Savannah the first hour of sales on May 12th outstripped the total for an average day.  The 912 Farm Truck, the farmers’ market’s mobile operation, has seen sales up 300%.  Folks are getting back to (the new) normal, and if that means buying and supporting local it will have the state’s economy RISING…

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