News of the Morning, 11.7.16

The Georgia Wonk Thought of the Day:

Now he’s old and gray with a flour sack cape tied all around his head
And he’s still jumpin’ off the garage and will be ’til he’s dead
All these years the people said, “He’s actin’ like a kid”
He did not know he could not fly, so he did

“The Cape,” Guy Clark

Supreme Court Johnny Isakson & David Perdue are at least willing to entertain the possibility of a Hillary Clinton Supreme Court nominee. Says Isakson: “I’ll consider who she nominates at the time she does and make a decision that’s right for the people of Georgia.” (The Guardian)

Security Oxford, GA mayor Jerry Roseberry reflects on the indelicate balance between liberty and security during times of war. (The Covington News)

Healthcare Only 16 (or 22 percent) Georgia hospitals received an “A” in patient safety from the Leapfrog Group. None of the hospitals received a failing grade. Georgia is tied for 36th place in nationwide rankings. (The Macon Telegraph)

Education Cross Keys High School in Dekalb County saw an 18 percent (!!) increase in graduation rates from 2015 to 2016 (From 55.8% to 73.8%). An increased focus on parental involvement (including English classes for parents; almost 90% of the school’s population is Hispanic) looks to be the reason for the jump. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Agriculture The Georgia Dock, an index used to set the price of chicken for grocery stores, has come under scrutiny for its consistently higher prices (the Georgia Dock sets the price per pound at $1.10, while the price index used by restaurants set it at $.72). (The New York Times)

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