Alec MacGillis, writer for ProPublica, discusses how the move to virtual learning has impacted many disadvantaged families as they struggle to stay connected. Amidst the pandemic many schools have come to virtual learning as a way to continue education for the current school year, most commonly through Zoom but some others such as Google Classroom, Hangouts, and more have been used at substitutes. However, this move to online learning has put families that struggle with things like limited cellphones/laptops, no data, and unstable Wifi in an uphill battle to remain on top of school work and assignments. Due to these many challenges students in lower income families are experiencing a gap this school year that has never been experienced before and must find ways to be left behind.
Are you seeing this play out in your community? What are some solutions or steps that we could take to ensure that all children are able to access a proper education in the midst of the pandemic?
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Today marks the first day of Judge Robin Shearers retirement. She began serving as presiding Juvenile Court Judge for the Western Judicial Circuit, serving Clarke and Oconee counties in 2008. Prior to her 2008 appointment, she served as both associate judge and court clerk. Judge Shearer began her juvenile justice career in 1987 as a special assistant district attorney, representing DFCS in the Juvenile Courts of Athens-Clarke, Oconee and Jackson counties.
Judge Shearer has led the move towards more progressive court programs such as Athens Peer Court and the Family Dependency Treatment Court. She has not only made many positive changes in our Juvenile Court, but has also been a strong advocate for the Athens-Oconee CASA Program, the important work that CASAs do, and the other programs of Children First, Inc.
We are grateful for her service and wish her well in retirement.
Superior Court Judges Announce Appointment of Juvenile Court Judges for the Western Judicial Circuit
Eric Norris, Chief Judge of the Western Judicial Circuit, Judge Lawton Stephens, Judge Patrick Haggard, and Judge Lisa Lott announce that part-time Judge Amanda Trimble will be appointed as the full-time Presiding Juvenile Court Judge for the Western Judicial Circuit effective October 1, 2020. Mr. Kamau Hull will be appointed as part-time Juvenile Court Judge of the Western Judicial Circuit. Both appointments will be for a four-year period expiring in September 2024 and will serve in Clarke and Oconee counties.
Chief Judge Norris noted “We are excited to welcome Mr. Hull to the Juvenile Court bench and for the reappointment of Judge Trimble to the Juvenile Court. We look forward to the continued collaboration and innovative ideas and solutions that these individuals bring to the children and families of Clarke and Oconee Counties. We are blessed to have such dedicated and compassionate people serving our community.” They will both be sworn in on Monday, September 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM on the front steps of the Athens-Clarke County courthouse.
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