Alexander Calls Betsy Devos Excellent Choice For US Secretary Of Education

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander released the following statement Wednesday on president-elect Trump’s selection of Betsy DeVos to become the next United States Secretary of Education:

“Betsy DeVos is an excellent choice. The Senate’s education committee will move swiftly in January to consider her nomination. Betsy has worked for years to improve educational opportunities for all children. As secretary, she will be able to implement the new law fixing No Child Left Behind just as Congress wrote it, reversing the trend to a national school board and restoring to states, governors, school boards, teachers, and parents greater responsibility for improving education in their local communities.

"I also look forward to working with her on the upcoming re-authorization of the Higher Education Act, giving us an opportunity to clear out the jungle of red tape that makes it more difficult for students to obtain financial aid and for administrators to manage America’s 6,000 colleges and universities.”


I Am Hamilton Spotlights Alison Lebovitz, Community Volunteer And Host Of PBS Show The A List

GPS Student Astra Burke Receives Grant To Host Summer Camp

Lee Welcomes 20 Students To Campus For 2019 Piano Festival


“I am Hamilton” spotlights Alison Lebovitz, volunteer coordinator for Brainerd Together, a volunteer effort to revitalize Brainerd High School this summer. “I am Hamilton” spotlights the contributions ... (click for more)

Astra Burke, a GPS rising senior involved with the Computer Science Club and SWENext, secured a $3,000 grant from the National Center for Women & Information Technology to host a summer camp ... (click for more)

Lee University’s 15th annual International Piano Festival and Competition will feature 31 students, 18 of whom will vie for cash and scholarship awards beginning Tuesday. The competition is ... (click for more)


Student Scene

I Am Hamilton Spotlights Alison Lebovitz, Community Volunteer And Host Of PBS Show The A List

“I am Hamilton” spotlights Alison Lebovitz, volunteer coordinator for Brainerd Together, a volunteer effort to revitalize Brainerd High School this summer. “I am Hamilton” spotlights the contributions of alumni, teachers, parents, students, support workers, and community members in providing opportunities for children in the classrooms of Hamilton County Schools. Brainerd ... (click for more)

GPS Student Astra Burke Receives Grant To Host Summer Camp

Astra Burke, a GPS rising senior involved with the Computer Science Club and SWENext, secured a $3,000 grant from the National Center for Women & Information Technology to host a summer camp for girls in grades 2-5. Camp participants from area schools had an opportunity to learn how to code, create interactive posters, and engineer a moon base out of drinking straws. Each day ... (click for more)

Breaking News

County Commission Votes 5-4 Against 34-Cent Property Tax Increase For The Schools

The County Commission voted 5-4 on Wednesday morning against a 34-cent property tax increase for the county schools. Opposed were Greg Martin, Randy Fairbanks, Chester Bankston, Tim Boyd and Sabrena Smedley. In favor were Chip Baker, Katherlyn Geter, Warren Mackey and David Sharpe. County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said the action means that none of the budget is approved ... (click for more)

Fire Heavily Damages Vacant Hixson Home Early Wednesday Afternoon

A fire heavily damaged a Hixson home early Wednesday afternoon. At 1:20 p.m., a neighbor called 911 reporting a house fire at 1833 Bay Hill Dr. The Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived on the scene reporting heavy fire on the front door and porch area. Firefighters entered the front and back side of the home to find heavy fire downstairs and heavy smoke ... (click for more)

Opinion

Thank You, Commissioners

I want to thank the five county commissioners who voted down the ridiculous property tax increase. Your votes reflected the wishes of the electorate – and that is exactly as it should be. The voting citizen is inundated by “promises” during pre-election campaigns. By casting our vote we select the candidate that will (we hope) best represent our best interests. Yes, there are always ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Hall Is (Still) Tired

About 10 years ago, Robert A. Hall, a five-time member of the Massachusetts State Legislature, wrote an essay on “Why I Am Tired.” In 2009 his story was on hundreds of others’ blogs – really made the rounds on the Internet – and thousands adored the Viet Nam veteran's candid assessment of what makes an ex-Marine grow weary. Again, this was written when he was 63. Now he’s ... (click for more)