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Atlanta schools top peers – by far – in $100K+ salaries

Atlanta schools top peers - by far - in $100K+ salaries
January 19, 2010 --

Nearly 1,000 employees in five local school districts earned $100,000 or more in 2008-09, with the heaviest concentration by far in Atlanta Public Schools, an analysis of salary data shows. Administrative salaries face the knife across metro Atlanta as districts try to tighten budgets without harming classroom instruction. DeKalb last year paid more $100,000+ salaries — 223 — than any other Georgia district, followed by Fulton, Gwinnett, Atlanta and Cobb. For its size, though, Atlanta Superintendent Beverly Hall‘s district had more large salaries than the others.

Julie Lewis, Clayton County schools’ general counsel: $247,554

January 19, 2010 --

Earning nearly a quarter-million dollars, Julie Lewis ranked as Georgia’s best-paid staff attorney for a local school board in 2009, state auditor’s records show. Lewis pulled in $31,000 more than Atlanta Public Schools’ best-paid attorney (whose name was not disclosed) and $87,000 more than Jack Lance with Rockdale County schools.

Jan. 18

January 18, 2010 --

Augusta in-house attorney hasn’t capped costs

Jan. 17

January 17, 2010 --

Contractors slow to spend stimulus dollars weatherizing homes Does Georgia’s gang law really help fight gang crime? Augusta department heads could bail out with tidy sum Camden County fuel fraud, conspiracy details emerge

Jan. 16

January 16, 2010 --

2 GOP gov contenders turn to lines of credit Fired Winder accountant files harassment lawsuit

Hudgens faces ethics charge over cash transfer

Hudgens faces ethics charge over cash transfer
January 15, 2010 --

An ethics complaint could cost Sen. Ralph Hudgens much of his fund-raising edge in the race for Georgia insurance commissioner. Last month, Hudgens shifted $106,000 from his Senate re-election race to his campaign for the insurance job. The State Ethics Commission declared in a 2008 advisory opinion that candidates can’t do it that way, but Hudgens reportedly doesn’t plan to return the money.

Jan. 15

January 15, 2010 --

Pork, anyone? Perdue’s 2011 budget has $9M for Perry horse park Audit shows DOT accounting problems remain Madison County DA to probe possible EMS time-card padding Cobb EMC faces another lawsuit

21 legislators took $5K+ in freebies from lobbyists

21 legislators took $5K+ in freebies from lobbyists
January 15, 2010 --

Twenty-one Georgia legislators accepted gifts valued at $5,000 or more from lobbyists last year. Led by Senate majority leader Chip Rogers, the 21 legislators accounted for 10 percent of the $1.5 million in lobbyist handouts last year. We’re talking gift baskets, food and drink, golf, sports and concert tickets, lodging and airfare. These are the lawmakers who can’t say no.

Jan. 14

January 14, 2010 --

$569,000 may have been ‘diverted’ from SCLC funds AAUP: Clark Atlanta violated tenured faculty’s rights Water Authority spent millions with same firm, mostly without bids Barnes blasts use of sports tickets as lobbying tool Hall County DFACS says staffing is not an issue Contribution to Warner Robins candidate illegal, official says Teilhet files bill to […]

Gift ban would hit government lobbyists hardest

Gift ban would hit government lobbyists hardest
January 14, 2010 --

Which lobbyists would be hit hardest by a proposed ban on $100-plus gifts to Georgia legislators? Hint: Lobbyist Dene Herbert Sheheane and the others hand out a lot of tickets to ballgames.

Jan. 13

January 13, 2010 --

Grady medical director resigns over safety issues CO of Navy Supply Corps School fired Roy Barnes’ backing of 2000 law a bonanza for his gubernatorial campaign Violations uncovered at assisted-living facilities 2009 a record year for EPA enforcement in Southeast Conspiracy rumors fly over DeKalb school investigation Watchdog: ‘Timing is right’ for ethics bills

Jan. 12

January 12, 2010 --

Sen. Hudgens faces ethics complaint over transferred campaign funds Fayetteville bank failure follows pattern of regulatory inaction Ethics proposals offered by Republicans, Democrats DeKalb school workers protest superintendent’s raise Second GA county likely to lose school accreditation Regent to pay $500K to settle Fort Valley case