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That Time WSB-TV Got Dragged by Westlake
Editorials, Schools

That Time WSB-TV Got Dragged by Westlake

Editorial by Shetia Kelty It should have been an unequivocally positive story about Westlake High School graduates preparing to take on the world. Instead, WSB-TV took a sharp and offensive turn when reporter Tyisha Fernandes characterized the school as historically failing and the 30331 zip code as a horrible place students can only hope to escape. I beg your pardon... (Editorial continues below...) Photo: Westlake celebrates the Class of 2017 by displaying the colleges where the students have been accepted. It's the same tired story mainstream media loves to play over and over again. Black students can't simply excel. They have to have overcome some type of hardship - even if it's manufactured. The narrative is not unique. It's not personal. This story angle runs in ...
Editorial: The South Fulton Effect
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Editorial: The South Fulton Effect

Editorial by Kendall HenryOften, the news shows our beloved City of South Fulton in a negative light. They don’t show the positive events, the people produced, and the impacts made every day in South Fulton. The media does not show The South Fulton Effect. I was raised in the City of South Fulton. I now attend the University of Georgia as a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major and Public Health minor. I am heavily involved on campus. I have made it my mission to apply my upbringing to my current life.  I attended Randolph Elementary School. As a dolphin, I was introduced to Girl Scouts. I started off as a Brownie in 2009 as part of the Randolph Girl Scouts and completed my GS journey in May 2019 with earning the prestigious Gold Award. I devoted a part of my life to Girl Scouts an...
South Fulton Voices: Decreased Testing = Decreased CCRPI?
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South Fulton Voices: Decreased Testing = Decreased CCRPI?

By Chantrise Holliman In a recent press release from the GADOE (November 7), it was announced that they would be making changes to ensure that students taking Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses would no longer be double tested. (See Policy Change Could Eliminate 58,000 High Stakes Tests for Students) As a parent whose child took AP Courses in high school, I applaud the DOE for taking this step to eliminate additional testing for these students. As any parent of a high-achieving student can tell you, having to prepare for AP exams, IB exams, final exams, and EOC exams (End of Course) all at the same time is stressful. Add to this that most students take these exams during their Junior and Senior years when the stress of applying to college is also loomi...
An ‘Atlantic Station’ in South Fulton? Who Cares?
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An ‘Atlantic Station’ in South Fulton? Who Cares?

Staff Editorial There’s a soundbite that you’ll hear often during public comment in city of South Fulton meetings: “We want white-tablecloth restaurants in our community.” This feedback was echoed often after the city was first created when city council candidates would ask residents what their vision was for their community. And it’s a request that continues to be made as residential growth explodes, but commercial development fails to keep pace. Currently on the ballot, residents have a chance to vote to create a tax allocation district (TAD) to spur economic development in the area. The TAD is a redevelopment and financial tool that gives governments the power to provide financial assistance to eligible public and private projects within an official designated area. The tool is...
Editorial: Like what’s up danger?
Editorials

Editorial: Like what’s up danger?

Editorial by Samuel Wakefield Recently, my three year old daughter London has taken to calling herself, the wild child. Based on her behavior, she seems to have fully embraced this new nickname. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a big fan of the nickname at first. In fact, I was kind of annoyed with it. I mean, really, why wild child? It turns out, that the nickname came from her sisters while we were recently visiting friends in Nashville. Apparently she was behaving so unpredictably and taking too many risks that they started calling her the wild child. Even more jaw dropping, she liked it! We had a conversation shortly after she started calling herself the wild child where I probably should have asked her, what does she thinks it means to be wild? Instead I...

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