Gov. Nathan Deal: Recommends Computer Programming Satisfy Core Requirement

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From Governor Nathan Deal

Deal recommends computer programming satisfy core requirement

Governor: Georgia businesses say skilled computer programmers, software developers in demand

Gov. Nathan Deal today recommended the State Board of Education amend state policy to allow computer programming courses to satisfy core requirements — math, science or foreign language — for receiving a high school diploma. Deal is asking the Board of Regents of the University System to follow suit by accepting these courses for admission into institutions of higher education.

“Students need to acquire the 21st century skills necessary to thrive in the modern workforce,” Deal said. “Computing is currently one of the fastest growing occupations in the country with average salaries nearly twice the national rate. In fact, more than half of the projected job growth in the STEM fields will be in computing occupations. We must begin training our young people in these areas prior to their post-secondary education so they are prepared to fill these high-wage, in-demand positions.”

“This change will support our STEM efforts — science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby. (more…)

GA – 1 Buddy Carter: An Earth Day Surprise

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From GOP Congressional- nominee  Buddy Carter

An Earth Day Surprise

 

For many environmental organizations in Georgia, Earth Day will never be the same.

On April 22nd of this year we celebrated Earth Day, a day traditionally set aside to appreciate our world and protect our environment.

Also on Earth Day this year, Jud Turner, Director of the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) of Georgia, announced a new policy that the Department would be implementing to decide how buffers will be determined along the coastal marshlands.

The new policy announced by Turner deals with buffers along saltwater marshes and where they are measured from.

Buffers along state waters was first addressed by the state legislature in 1975 when the Erosion and Sedimentation Act (E&S Act) was passed.

The E&S Act called for a 25 foot buffer along the banks of all state waters, as measured horizontally from the point where vegetation has been wrested by normal stream flow or wave action.

In interpreting the E&S Act, EPD had determined that two elements must be present to establish a buffer- a bank to waters of the state and wrested vegetation. (more…)

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