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DeKalb teachers to get pay raise

The DeKalb County Board of Education has approved Superintendent Dr. Stephen Green's proposal to increase salaries for teachers, principals and other certified school-based personnel. 

More than 8,700 employees, including 6,000 teachers, will receive the raises beginning with their January 15, 2016 paycheck. 

Green says "With these salary adjustments we are making an investment in the quality of teaching and learning in our schools."  He says the primary focus is to improve academic performance of students. 

The $21.5 million annual increase will make salaries more competitive. 

The board decided based on extensive analysis of five metro Atlanta school districts, not including Atlanta Public Schools, the DeKalb County School District was well below the metro average for teachers with 7 to 17 years of experience.  These teachers will receive a pay raise that brings them up to the metro average.  All other teachers will see a pay hike of 2-percent. 

High school principals will see their pay increase 5-percent; principals in middle schools 3-percent; and elementary school principals will get a 2-percent raise. 

Media specialists, counselors, psychologists, Lead Teacher for Special Education, social workers, academic coaches and instructional specialists will also get raises. 

Salaries for certified pre-K teachers will be included and adjusted based on levels of experience and certification. 

Instructional paraprofessionals on Tier 6 and above on the salary schedule will get 2-percent raises.  Any parapro below Tier 6 will get one-percent added to their paychecks.

No Child Left Behind overhaul: What the new guidelines may look like

The House is set today to vote on a rewrite of the controversial No Child Left Behind education bill that has, for nearly a generation, increased the federal government’s role in elementary and secondary education in America.

The update to NCLB, called the “Every Student Succeeds Act,” (ESSA) will loosen some of the restrictions the NCLB placed on schools and transfer much of the job of measuring school progress to the states.

Here’s what NCLB is, what it requires and how it will change under ESSA

What is NCLB? 

The No Child Left Behind Act increased the role of the federal government in elementary and secondary education holding schools responsible for the academic progress of all its students – particularly focusing on  poor, minority and special education students and students for whom English is a second language.

It was not without many critics who railed against its heavy federal involvement  in local school  districts, the goals which many came to believe were unrealistic and the penalties that were deemed  harsh for “underperforming” schools.

How will it change under “Every Student Succeeds” Act, or ESSA?

  • States set their own goals for educating students and the rate at which the goals should be met. Under NCLB, the government  set the goal of every child in American public schools being proficient in math and reading by the end of the  school year in 2014. No state made that goal.
  • States still have to test students in math and reading in Grades 3 through 8 and then one year in high school. The results must be publicly reported.
  • Each state must come up with a way to judge a school’s performance. What would now be considered an “underperforming” school would be one which sits in the lowest-performing 5 percent of schools in the state.
  • Goals in judging how a school performs would have to include test scores, graduation rates and English proficiency rates. States,  however,  can include other factors they consider important to a school’s performance.
  • Instead of the sometimes severe actions underperforming schools could face under NCLB, each state will decided what action will be taken and how long the school could be considered “underperforming” before the action is taken.
  • The federal government  can no longer threaten to withhold funding as a means to force states to use test scores to evaluate the performance of teachers.
  • States would be able to use different (approved) tests in different parts of the state, instead of having  to use one test to measure for the entire state.
  • The Education Department may not give states incentives to use any particular set of teaching standards such as the curriculum guidelines  found in Common Core.
  • Title 1 money would not follow a low-income student to another school of their parent’s choice.  It would stay at the school to which it was first issued.
  • The new law would encourage caps on the time students spend taking standardized tests.
  • The language released Monday is based on a framework agreed to this month by a conference committee composed of lawmakers from both parties and both chambers of Congress.

Click here for the final text of a compromise bill that rewrites No Child Left Behind.  


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Parent outraged after daughter is assigned to pick cotton

A Washington state mother is outraged a teacher at Redmond Middle School assigned her daughter to pick cotton in class.

Black history school meal of fried chicken, watermelon offends many

A student effort to come up with a special menu for Black History Month backfired at Carondelet High School in Concord.

APS cheating scandal as the AJC reported it

African American Inventors

Many items that we take for granted on a daily basis were invented by African Americans. From household items to industrial tools, many African American inventors have received little credit for their outstanding strides in the advancement of every day life.

A.P. Abourne Refining of coconut oil. July 27, 1980 A. B. Blackburn Spring seat for chairs. Patent# 380,420 April 3, 1888 A.C. Richardson Casket-Lowering Device. Patent# 529,311 November 13, 1894 A.C. Richardson Churn. Patent # 466,470 February 17, 1891 A.E. Long and A.A. Jones--  Caps For Bottles And Jars  1898  A.L. Lewis  Window Cleaner  1892  A.L. Rickman  Galoshes  1898  Anna M. Mangin Pastry fork March 1, 1892 Alexander P. Ashbourne  Biscuit Cutter  November, 1875  Alexander Miles  Elevator  and also safety device for elevators. Patent No. 371,207  October11, 1887  Alfred L. Cralle  Ice Cream Scooper. Patent # 576,395  February 2,1897  Alice Parker  Heating Furnace  1918  Andrew Beard  Automatic Car Coupling Device  1897  Augustus Jackson  Ice cream  1832  B. F. Cargill Invalid cot. Patent# 629,658 July 25, 1899 B.F. Jackson  Gas Burner    Benjamin Banneker  Clock, Prints for Wash. DC 1st Almanac    Bessie V. Griffin  Portable Receptacle  1951  C.B. Brook  Street Sweeper  1896  C.V. Richey Fire Escape Bracket. Patent # 596,427 December 28, 1897 C. W. Allen Self Leveling table. Patent # 613,436 November 1, 1898 D. McCree Portable Fire Escape. Patent # 440,322 November 11, 1890 Darryl Thomas  Cattle Roping  Apparatus    Dr. Charles Drew  Invented Blood Banks And Established Them Around The World  1940  Dr. Daniel Hale Williams  Performed First Open Heart Surgery  1893  Edmond Berger  Spark Plug    Elbert R. Robinson  Electric Railway  Trolley    Ellen Elgin  Clothes Wringer  1880s  Elijah Mccoy  Automatic Lubrication System (For Railroad And Heavy Machinery) 1892   July 2, 1872  Folarin Sosan  Package-Park (Solves Package Delivery Dilemma) 1997  Frederick Jones Ticket Dispensing Machine. Patent # 2163754 June 27, 1939 Frederick Jones Starter Generator. Patent # 2475842 July 12, 1949 Frederick Jones Two-Cycle gasoline Engine. Patent # 2523273 November 28, 1950 Frederick Jones  Air Condition. Patent # 2475841  July 12, 1949  Frederick Jones  Portable X-Ray Machine    G.W. Murray Cultivator and Marker. Patent # 517,961 April 10, 1894 G.W. Murray Combined Furrow Opener and Stalk-Knocker. Patent # 517,960 April 10, 1894 G.W. Murray Fertilizer Distributor. Patent# 520,889 June 5, 1894 G.W. Murray Cotton Chopper. Patent # 520,888 June 5, 1894 G.W. Murray Planter.  Patent # 520,887 June 5, 1894 G. F. Grant  Golf Tee. Patent # 638,920  December 12, 1899  G.T. Sampson  Clothes Drier  1892  G.W. Kelley  Steam Table  1897  Garret A. Morgan  Gas Mask (Saved Many Lives During WWI)  1914  George Alcorn Fabrication of spectrometer. Patent # 4,618,380 October 21, 1986 George Tolivar Ship's propeller   George Washington Carver  Peanut Butter  1900  George Washington Carver  300 products from peanuts, 118 products from the sweet potato and 75 from the pecan.  1900-1943  Garret A. Morgan  Automatic Traffic Signal  1923  Gertrude E. Downing and William Desjardin  Corner Cleaner Attachment.  Patent # 3,715,772  February 13, 1973 Granville Woods  Telephone (His Telephone Was Far Superior To Alexander Graham Bell's)   Dec. 2,1884  Granville Woods  Trolley Car  1888  Granville Woods  Multiplex Telegraph System (Allowed Messages To Be Sent And Received From Moving Trains)  1887  Granville Woods  Railway Air Brakes (The First Safe Method Of Stopping Trains) 1903    Granville Woods  Steam Boiler/Radiator  1884  Granville Woods--  Third Rail (Subway)    H. Grenon Razor Stropping Device. Patent # 554,867 February 18, 1896 H.H. Reynolds Window Ventilator for Railroad Cars. Patent No.275,271 April 3, 1883 H.A. Jackson  Kitchen Table    Henry Blair  Mechanical Seed Planter  1830  Henry Blair  Mechanical Corn Harvester    Henry Single Patented an Improved Fish Hook. He sold it later for $625. 1854 Henry Sampson  Cellular Phone  July 6th, 1971  I.O. Carter  Nursery  Chair  1960  Issac R. Johnson  Bicycle Frame    J. A. Joyce Ore Bucket. Patent # 603,143 April 26, 1898 J. Hawkins Patented the Gridiron March 3, 1845 J. Gregory  Motor    J.A. Sweeting  Cigarette Roller  1897  J.B. Winters  Fire Escape Ladder    J. H. Hunter Portable Weighing Scales. Patent # 570,533 November 3, 1896 J.F. Pickering  Air Ship  1892  J. H. Robinson Lifesaving guards for Street Cars. Patent# 623,929 April 25, 1899 J. Robinson Dinner Pail. Patent# 356,852  February 1, 1887 J. W. Reed Dough Kneader and Roller. Patents# 304,552 September 2, 1884 J. Ross Bailing Press. Patent # 632,539 Sept 05, 1899 J.H. White  Convertible Sette (A Large Sofa)  1892  J.H. White  Lemon Squeezer  1896  J.L. Love  Pencil Sharpener. Patent # 594,114  23 November 1897  J.S. Smith  Lawn Sprinkler. Patent # 581,785  May 4, 1897  James Forten  Sailing Apparatus  1850  James S. Adams  Airplane Propelling    Jan Matzelinger  Automatic Shoe Making Machine  1883  Joan Clark  Medicine Tray  1987  John A. Johnson  Wrench    John Burr  Lawn Mower    John Parker "Parker Pulverizer" Follower-Screw for Tobacco Presses. Patent# 304,552 September 2, 1884 John Standard  Refrigerator. Patent# 304,552 Jul 14,1894  Joseph Gammel  Supercharge System for Internal Combustion Engine    Joseph N. Jackson  Programmable Remote Control    L.C. Bailey  Folding Bed  1899  L. Bell Locomotive smoke stack. Patent# 115,153 May 23, 1871 L. F. Brown Bridle bit. Patent # 484,994 October 25, 1892 L.S. Burridge And N.R. Marsham  Typewriter  1885  Lewis Howard Latimer  Light Bulb Filament    Lewis Temple  Toggle Harpoon (Revolutionized The Whaling Industry)  1848  Lloyd A. Hall  Chemical compound to preserve meat    Lloyd P. Ray  Dust Pan    Lydia Holmes Wood Toys. Patent # 2,529,692 November 14, 1950 Lydia O. Newman  Hair brush    M.C. Harney  Lantern/Lamp  Aug.19,  1884  Madam. C. Walker  Hair Care Products   1905  Majorie Joyner Permanent hair wave machine. Patent  # 1693515 November 27, 1928 Madeline M. Turner  The Fruit Press  1916  Marie V. Brittan Brown  Security System. Patent # 3,482,037   December 2, 1969 Manley West Discovered compound in canibis to cure glaucoma. 1980-1987 Norbett Rillieux  Sugar Refining System  1846  O.B. Clare Rail Tresle. Patent# 390,753 October 9, 1888 O. E. Brown  Horse Shoe  8/23/1892  Onesimus  Small Pox Inoculation (He Brought This Method From Africa Where Advance Medical Practices Were In Use Long Before Europeans Had Any Medical Knowledge)  1721  Otis F. Boykin  Wire Type Precision Resistor.  Patent # U.S. 2,891,227  June 16, 1959 Paul E  Williams  Helicopter    Peter Walker  Machine for Cleaning Seed Cotton    Phillip Downing  Letter Drop Mailbox. Patent # 462,096  October 27, 1891  Philip Emeagwali  Accurate Weather Forecasting  1990  Philip Emeagwali Hyperball Computer  April 1996  Philip Emeagwali Improved Petroleum Recovery  1990  Philip Emeagwali World's Fastest Computer  1989  R.A. Butler Train alarm.  Patent #157,370 June 15, 1897 R.P. Scott  Corn Silker  1894  Richard Spikes  Automatic Gear Shift    Robert Flemming Jr.  Guitar  March 3, 1886  S. H. Love Improvement to military guns. Patent # 1301143. 22 April 1919 S. H. Love Improve Vending Machine. Patent # 1936515 November 21, 1933 Sara E. Goode  Cabinet Bed  1885  Rufus Stokes Patent #3,378,241  Exhaust Purifier  April 16, 1968  Sarah Boone  Ironing Board  April 26, 1892  T. Elkins  Toilet  1897  T. J. Byrd Rail car coupling . Patent# 157,370 December 1, 1874 Thomas Carrington  Range Oven  1876  Thomas J.Martin Patented the Fire Extinguisher March 26, 1872 Thomas W. Stewart  Mop  1893  Virgie M. Ammons Fireplace Damper Actuating Tool. Patent # 3,908,633 September 30, 1975 W. A. Lovette  The Advance Printing Press    W. F. Burr Railway Switching device . Patent # 636,197 Oct.31,1899 W. H. Ballow Combined hatrack and table. Patent # 601,422 March 29, 1898 W.S. Campbell Self-setting animal trap. Patent# 246,369 August 30, 1881 W. Johnson  Egg Beater  1884  W.B. Purvis  The Fountain Pen Patent# 419,065 Jan 7,1890   W.D. Davis  Riding Saddles   October 6, 1895 W.H. Sammons  Hot Comb  1920  W.S. Grant  Curtain Rod Support  1896  William Barry  Postmarking and Canceling machine    Wm. Harwell  Attachment for shuttle arm; device used to capture satellites   

Economy Takes Down Woodstock Private School

Some parents in Woodstock will be scrambling to find a babysitter after their kid’s private school is shutdown. 

The doors at Woodstock International School were closed for good this weekend. The school is for kids in Pre K-through 3rd grade. Parents received a letter Friday letting them know the economy forced the school to close. 

“I have talked to several parents. We all feel that we are being left high and dry,” parent Christian Rhode told Channel 2 Action News.” 

Rhode says he is in panic mode and has searched all weekend for a last-minute nanny to watch his daughter. She was supposed to attend the school’s summer camp on Monday. 

No one at the school was available for comment. 

The letter states the private school is closing due to the economic climate. Rhode said he is out $500 for school uniforms that are not refundable. But it could have been worse. 

“We are thankful to the school that they did refund the full amount of the summer camp as well as the funding that we had already paid for in next year's enrollment,” said Rhode.  

Rhode said he tried to talk to the school’s owner himself, but was told she has left town.

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