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Weekly newspaper and legal organ for DeKalb County, GA. Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
Weekly newspaper and legal organ for DeKalb County, GA. Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.

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 : A great place to eat, walk 
 by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.com
ecatur continues to gather accolades,recently being named the No.1 FoodieCity by Livability.com and one of eight“Dynamic Locales For Walkable Living” by
Where To Retire
magazine.“Both of these are well-deserved,” said
, Decatur’s deputy city manager. “It’s
certainly a terrific honor to be selected.”
The Foodie City designation was given byLivability.com, a national website that ranksquality of life and travel amenities of America’ssmall and mid-sized cities.“A city doesn’t become a great place to livesolely because it has quality, diverse restaurants, but it’s hard to imagine a great city without awealth of options,” said
,Livability.com editor and spokesman. “Thesecities excel on many measures. Having unique places to eat adds to the overall culture and personality of the place.”“Decatur’s restaurant scene separates thistown from all other Atlanta suburbs,” accordingto a media release by the website. “Walk throughdowntown Decatur and you’d swear it wasdesigned by foodies. Each block brings a new setof edible gifts, easily accessed by wide walkwaysand pedestrian-friendly street crossings.“Decatur has one of the nation’s largestclusters of highly rated, independent restaurants,cafés and pubs,” the media release stated. “Asinnovative restaurateurs like
of nationally acclaimed Cakes & Ale and
of The Iberian Pig
 bring attention to Decatur, local officials quicklycredit the city’s growing collection of fine dining
as the catalyst for citywide reclamation.”For the list of Top 10 Foodie Cities,Livability.com editors compared cities with ahigh ratio of acclaimed restaurants, innovativechefs and strong regional culinary styles to their  population size, focusing on smaller towns withunexpected epicurean delights, according to therelease.Editors also considered the city’s overallquality of life when compiling the list, havingfound that the best foodie cities offer a highquality of life, in which restaurants are just oneof the amenities that help residents thrive.“Decatur has been a destination for peoplethat are interested in a lot of dining choices,”Decatur’s Saxon said.The city’s reputation as a restaurantdestination has been growing for the past 20years, Saxon said.“It continues to grow with choices for alltypes of cuisine and lots of budgets,” Saxon said.“There is a good mix of types of restaurants that people all over metro Atlanta would enjoy.”Following Decatur, other Top 10 FoodieCities include Hoboken, N. J.; Bloomington,Ind.; Berkeley, Calif.; Madison, Wisc.; Lafayette,La.; Chapel Hill, N. C.; Santa Fe, N. M.;Alexandria, Va.; and Burlington, Vt.In its May/June issue, which is nowavailable,
Where to Retire
magazine featuredDecatur as one of eight “Dynamic Locales For Walkable Living.”
Where to Retire
Mary Lu Abbott
saidDecatur possesses qualities important to today’sretirees.“More people than ever are makingretirement relocation decisions based on howoften they can ditch the car and go places byfoot,” Abott said. “Many towns, includingDecatur, have neighborhoods where walking is
not only a health benefit, but a way to connect
with neighbors and nature and lessen the strainon your wallet and the environment.”Other walkable towns featured in themagazine include Sarasota, Fla.; Charlottesville,Va.; Providence, R. I.; Tucson, Ariz.; Boulder,Colo.; Ashland, Ore.; and Bellingham, Wash.The Decatur City Commission has “spent alot of effort” to improve and construct sidewalksand trails in the city, Saxon said.“It’s something that really does make our downtown and community a place to live not justfor our retirees, but for everyone who lives andworks in Decatur,” Saxon said.“Active living is an important goal for our city,” he said. “We encourage our school childrento walk and bike to school and we encourage our adults to walk and bike. It’s a communitywidefocus.“Our city commission deserves a lot of thecredit,” he said.
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The Champion Free Press, Friday, April 26, 2013 Page 2A
–local activists seek to change the world one chocolate bar at a time
 by Kathy Mitchellkathy@dekalbchamp.comTypically, college students concern themselveswith slavery only as part of a history or sociol-ogy class.
Tirzah Brown
, a junior at OglethorpeUniversity in Brookhaven, has a more personalinterest. As a member of Fair Trade Atlanta she isworking to eliminate slavery, economic injusticeand poverty worldwide.“I became interested in fair trade because of my desire to end slavery,” Brown explained. “Iwanted the way I live my life to correspond withmy values. Therefore, I started using only fair trade coffee and chocolate so I would know thatthese luxuries were not touched by slavery. Thisevolved into a larger interest in the fair trademovement.”Fair Trade Atlanta is a student- and business-led initiative founded in January of this year witha mission to end the use of slave-made goods inAtlanta. “We hope to end slavery in this genera-tion. Our desire for this is rooted in the belief thatGod has a heart for justice,” states a Fair TradeAtlanta news release.A statement from Fair Trade Atlanta com-mittee members says, “The fair trade artisan’screativity, dignity, and strength is something wedesire for all people. That is why Atlanta needsto become a fair trade town.” Fair trade towns
are designated by the nonprot Fair Trade Towns
USA.“In doing this, we hope to bring widespreadawareness about fair trade and the issues it helpsalleviate such as poverty and slavery to our city.Additionally, we want to increase the availabil-ity and visibility of fair trade goods in Atlanta,”Brown said. She noted that some of the workersshe’s concerned about are actual slaves—peoplewho under the threat of violence work only for 
the economic benet of others. “Some work 
voluntarily and receive a wage, but it’s not a fair wage. They have to accept it because they haveno alternatives.”Brown said that fair trade goods cost only alittle more—sometimes no more—than other commercial goods. “This bag,” she said, indicat-ing a handbag made by women who had beenabused in India, “cost about what you would payfor a similar one in a department store. The costis kept down with the use of recycled materials.That’s another thing about fair trade goods–theyoften are also are produced in environmentallysustainable conditions.”Some items such as chocolate, she said, might be priced at the level of similar premium items. “Iunderstand that Hershey’s is planning to be 100 percent fair trade by 2020, and I doubt that its prices will go up because of it.”
Brown said her mother rst made her aware
of modern-day slavery. “That issue was reallydriven home for me when I went to Romania as achild and met girls my age who were forced into prostitution,” she recalled. “God really movedmy heart for these girls, and for all people whohave their dignity stolen through slavery. Fair trade was brought to my attention by the Free theSlaves International website as one of the manythings that can help end slavery.”The fair price of goods used for Fair TradeInternational (FLO) practices “is determined by people much more intelligent than I am and I donot know all of the criteria used,” Brown said.“However, what I do know is that FLO organiza-tions consider the cost of sustainable productionand living while setting the minimum price—andit is just a minimum. Fair trade producers are al-ways paid that as a baseline, and then can be paid
more as markets uctuate.
“There are various groups, such as Interna-tional Justice Mission and Free the Slaves Inter-national that identify and seek to help individuals being forced to work without any pay. As far as people being paid very little for voluntary work, I
do not know how they are identied and assisted
 by larger international organizations,” she contin-ued. “However, as demand increases for fair trade products, more fair trade producers will likely beneeded, so these families will have that as a moreviable option.”Brown said that her involvement with Fair Trade Atlanta has taught her more than she islikely to learn in a classroom. “I think the mainthing I have learned is how globalized and inter-connected our economy really is. Our collective purchasing decisions here are almost immediatelyaffecting people both locally and half way around
the globe,” she said. “Recent years are the rst
time in history that economic patterns have hadsuch a widespread effect, which can be good or  bad, depending on the choices being made.”She urges all who are concerned about eco-nomic justice to educate themselves. “I think it isreally important to not just dive into action, but to
consider ramications to make sure you are using
time and resources effectively. After that, I wouldsay to buy fair trade and volunteer with organiza-tions that are helping with social justice causesyou care about.”Brown said there are further opportunities tolearn about the fair trade movement at eventssuch as the lunch and learn Saturday, April 27,11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Oglethorpe’s LuptonAuditorium, where
Courtney Lang
, coordinator of Fair Trade Towns USA, will speak on the mo-mentum of fair trade in the United States and At-lanta’s role. The other featured presenter will be basket weaver 
Gloria Chonay
of Mayan Hands,a fair trade artisan from Guatemala, who will talk about the impact fair trade has had on her life.
Tirzah Brown, a junior at Oglethorpe University, where speakerson the fair trade movement will make a lunchtime presentationApril 27, shows fair trade products such as a handbag and organicchocolate. She said the abused women who make the handbags
were once ashamed to be identied. Now they proudly sew their 
names on each bag.
Page 3A The Champion Free Press, Friday, April 26, 2013
Indicted DeKalb Countyteachers report to jail
pleAse recyclethis pAper
 by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.comTwo of three former DeKalb County school ad-ministrators indicted April16 for allegedly cheatingon the Criterion-ReferencedCompetency Tests (CRCT)have turned themselves in.
According to ofcials
from District Attorney
Rob-ert James
’ ofce, the case
was originally indicted inMarch 2011 but the most
recent indictment reects
new evidence and informa-tion from witnesses.The former administra-tors are
Agnes Flanagan
,former principal of Cedar Grove Middle School;
An-gela Jennings
, former prin-cipal of Rock Chapel Ele-mentary School; and
Derek Wooten
, former principalof Stoneview ElementarySchool.
Erik Burton
, a spokes-
man for the DA’s ofce,
said only Flanagan andJennings were required toreport to jail. Wooten, whowas named in the previousindictment, was re-indicted but already out on bail.DeKalb County Supe-rior Court Judge
set both bonds at$50,000.In a statement, James ap- plauded the DeKalb CountySchool District (DCSD) for  bringing the case to his at-tention.“These individuals notonly cheated the system,they cheated each child and parent at their schools,”James said. “Hopefully thisindictment will put otherswho consider cheating onalert that we will not standfor this.”Interim Superintendent
Michael Thurmond
prom-ised the school district’s fullcooperation following theindictment.“We will respect therights of the accused former employees while pledgingour full cooperation to the
district attorney’s ofce in
getting this matter behindus,” Thurmond said. “Thedistrict attorney will haveaccess to all the data andinformation the district hasat its disposal.”According to the indict-ment, the fraud occurredon several separate occa-sions where the CRCT wasadministered by the schooldistrict.In April or early May2009, Flanagan allegedlyaltered students’ CRCT testscore sheets and orderedtwo teachers to do the same.“Ms. Flanagan orderedthe two subordinate teachersinto a room where alreadycomplete CRCT test scoresheets were on a table, pro-vided both with score sheettransparencies that easily in-dicated the correct answersfor the test and then ordered both to start making chang-
es to test sheets,” ofcialsfrom the DA’s ofce said.
An investigation by Gov.
Nathan Deal
’s ofce, re
leased in 2011, agged Ce
-dar Grove Middle as a “se-vere” school with regards toits “wrong-to-right” erasureanalysis. James said the twoteachers Flanagan orderedto change the answers are“cooperating witnesses andcorroborate each other’sversion of events.”Flanagan is charged withthree counts of making afalse statement, three counts
of forgery in the rst degree
and three counts of publicrecord fraud. She has sinceretired from DCSD.The allegations againstJennings stem from a periodof eight days in April 2010.She is accused of alteringthe attendance records of 
12 students to falsely reect
they had withdrawn fromRock Chapel Elementaryand re-enrolled a short timelater.According to prosecu-
tors, a witness has veried
that several days beforethe records were changed,they taught Jennings how tochange students’ attendancerecords in the school’s com- puterized student informa-tion system.The continuous enroll-ment of a child at a schoolfor a full academic year impacts the school’s neces-sity of having that child’s
CRCT test scores reected
in the school’s overall per-formance.Jennings reportedly re-signed from DCSD in May2010. She is charged witheight counts of public re-cord fraud and eight countsof computer forgery for every date she accessed thestudent information systemto alter records.Wooten, whose chargesinclude computer forgeryand two counts of makingfalse statements, was pro-moted to assistant principalat Stoneview Elementary in2010.Making Adequate YearlyProgress (AYP), which wastied to federal funding under the No Child Left BehindAct, had two components:attendance and CRCT re-sults. Wooten was worriedthat Stoneview would not pass AYP because of itstesting results, so he al-legedly ordered teachersto change the numbers of students with excessive un-excused absences.An arraignment date for the three former educatorshas not yet been set.
Local organizations partner to helpsurvivors of human trafficking
 by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.com
Mary Frances Bowley
founder of the nonprot or 
-ganization Wellspring Liv-ing, said victims of human
trafcking have a strong
enough spirit to becomestraight-A students they justneed to be given a chance.Wellspring Living wasformed in 2011 to help sur-vivors of childhood sexualabuse and exploitation. Itcurrently operates two resi-dential programs, a counsel-ing center and two indepen-dent living programs.“Our programs are arefuge for women and girlswho need a second chanceat life,” Bowley said.Since they’ve had tosurvive on the streets for solong, Bowley said, many of the girls at Wellspring havea strong “entrepreneurial”spirit. When they use thatspirit to do something posi-tive, Bowley said, they usu-ally go beyond expectations.Recently, Wellspring began a partnership withProvost Academy Georgia, a public online charter schoolthat provides education tounderserved populationsthroughout the state, includ-ing a large number fromDeKalb.Bowley said that by thetime a victim of human
trafcking enrolls in Well
-spring, they have usuallygiven up on school. In manycases, Bowley said, the girlsexpect to spend the rest of their lives being exploited.“One of the things we’vefound with girls that have been exploited is that theyneed to realize their livescan be rebuilt,” Bowleysaid. “Having the oppor-
tunity to nish their high
school education is one waythey can work to rebuildtheir lives.
Placing a human trafck 
-ing victim in a public schoolsetting can be dangerousfor the survivors, Bowley
said. It can also make nish
-ing high school a lot more
difcult, especially while
working through so muchemotional trauma.Each Wellspring loca-tion, which isn’t disclosedfor safety reasons, will beequipped with a learning labthat girls ages 12-17 can useto work at their own pace.Bowley said in addition totwo teachers on site, thegirls will also have onlineaccess to the teachers atProvost.“It’s going to be sucha win-win,” Bowley said.“The girls can take any classthey want and since theschool is a public charter school, all the costs for cur-riculum are covered.”Before its partnershipwith Provost, Bowley said,Wellspring used to contractwith a private school, whichwas more expensive.Bowley said allowing thegirls to work at their own pace is important. Whensurvivors come into Well-spring, they’re usually atdifferent levels than their  peers.Dr.
Monica Henson
,executive director of Pro-vost, echoed Bowley andsaid many of the studentsthe school serves are atcompletely different levels but all have one thing incommon: they don’t do wellin a traditional public highschool setting.Since Provost opened inAugust 2012, Henson said,enrollment has grown tonow serve more than 1,300students ages 14-20 in 200counties throughout thestate. In addition to a loca-tion in Atlanta, Provost hasseveral campuses tin other Georgia locations.“There is a substantial population of students who
will benet from having
online education,” Hensonsaid. “Some students wantto graduate early and wehave some students whostruggle with reading at a
fourth or fth grade level.”
In addition to everyday problems the students mightface, Henson said, thereare quite a few enrolled atProvost who are teenage parents, work full-time or travel extensively.

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