Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:57 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:57:23 GMT
Blake Samples, 34, is charged with the murder of Dusty Carroll in Colquitt County. Carroll died after being shot on April 28 at the residence of Samples' ex-wife. Carroll drove himself to the hospital,More >>
Blake Samples, 34, is charged with the murder of Dusty Carroll in Colquitt County.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
A lot of good pre-kindergarten teachers are leaving pre-k classrooms.
The state cut pre-k spending by $54-million because of a shortfall in lottery revenue.
In most counties, that means fewer hours and lower pay for pre-k teachers, many of whom went looking for other jobs.
Kelly McConnell is a pre kindergarten teacher in Lee County.
She says pre k is more important than some people might think.
"Pre-k is the foundation for everything, for the whole educational process," says Kelly McConnell, Lee County Pre-Kindergarten Teacher.
"They are opening milk cartons, they are eating their own lunch, they are standing in line, they are using manners, they are sharing, they have come so far just with social interaction," says Rachael Sandal, Lee County Assistant Pre-K Teacher.
But that educational foundation is being hurt by lower lottery sales.
Some teachers left for other careers, while others moved into teaching jobs in higher grade levels, where salaries aren't tied to the Georgia Lottery's success.
"It is almost as if they are not encouraging people to come into pre-k who have higher degrees, or who have more experience," says McConnell.
That's because supplemental pay, awarded for certain degrees or experience levels, is frozen.
To save money, school days were also eliminated, and class sizes increased.
"Increasing class size is just not something you want to do, the two more actually seem like about 6 more, it really does," says McConnell.
Some school districts, including Lee County, came up with local money to keep their pre-k programs in tact.
"With the changes that the governor made, pre k is only being funded 160 student days, well Lee County, decided locally to fund the remainder of the days, so the teachers here at pre k were paid just as the teachers who teach k-12," says McConnell.
And she says children who attend pre-k are better prepared for school and more likely to graduate from high school, attend college and get higher-paying jobs.
Governor Deal took similar steps to ensure the long-term viability of the HOPE scholarship program, which, like free pre-k, has run off lottery revenue since it started.