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Braves, Publix to award 6 scholarships to Ga. seniors

Braves, Publix to award 6 scholarships to Ga. seniors

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves and Publix have teamed up for the 13th year in a row to offer scholarship money to high school seniors throughout Georgia.

Six $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to students who have maintained good grades and strong community involvement throughout their four years of high school.

In order to qualify, a student must be a graduating senior with a minimum 3.2 GPA, and must have plans to attend an accredited college or university in the fall of 2012.

For more information or to apply, visit braves.com/scholarships. The deadline to apply is April 21. All applicants will receive a free Braves promotional item while supplies last.

Poster contest to help combat human trafficking

Poster contest to help combat human trafficking

ATLANTA -- All Georgia high school students are invited to participate in a poster contest to promote a national hotline for reporting and preventing human sex trafficking.

The contest, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education, is open to students in grades nine through 12.

The posters' primary focus should be the national hotline (1-888-373-7888), presented in a creative way to grab people's attention. Judges will pick two winners -- one for an English poster and one for a Spanish poster -- from each of the state's 16 Regional Education Service Agencies.

Regional winners will receive cash prizes -- $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place. The winning posters will also be displayed in schools across the region.

Two state winners -- one in English and one in Spanish -- will each receive $250.

DeKalb Schools Host Annual School Choice Expo, Saturday 10am-1pm

DeKalb Schools Host Annual School Choice Expo, Saturday 10am-1pm

 

DeKalb Schools Host Annual School Choice Expo

Jan. 11, 2012 – The DeKalb County School System invites parents and students to the 5th Annual School Choice Expo at the Mall at Stonecrest on Saturday, January 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The information fair will provides parents with the opportunity to browse displays of DeKalb’s School Choice programs and speak with DeKalb teachers and administrators on site.

What: Annual School Choice Expo

When: Saturday, January 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: The Mall at Stonecrest         

              2929 Turner Hill Road         

State looking at repealing education spending law

State looking at repealing education spending law

TUCKER, Ga. -- Georgia is considering throwing out a law requiring 65 percent of state funding to be spent in public school classrooms.

A state commission tasked with overhauling how Georgia funds K-12 education voted Wednesday to draw up legislation repealing the unpopular law. The move is part of a larger effort to update the state's educational laws, known as Title 20.

The law was passed in 2006 as part of a national push to make sure schools were spending taxpayer dollars in the classroom, not the principal's office, to help boost student achievement. But state officials say the law hasn't impacted student performance and hamstrings schools.

The education finance commission began meeting in June 2011 after state lawmakers passed a bill calling for the state to study education funding.

Metro Atlanta heads back to school this week

Metro Atlanta heads back to school this week

ATLANTA -- Although four Georgia mountain counties found themselves with an extra day of winter break due to weather, most of metro Atlanta began heading back to school Tuesday.

Cherokee, Gwinnett and Henry counties resumed classes on Jan. 3.

Probation officers walk hallways in DeKalb schools

Probation officers walk hallways in DeKalb schools

DECATUR, Ga. -- Public schools in DeKalb County are allowing probation officers into the schools and giving them office space in some cases so they can monitor students who have been in trouble with the law.

According to reports about 15 probation officers visit the county's middle and high school an average of three days a week.  

They monitor 386 students who have been to juvenile court for everything from minor violations such as truancy to serious crimes such as assault, burglary or possession of illegal drugs.

Sutton Peagler, DeKalb County's chief juvenile court judge, says the goal is to monitor compliance of students with court orders and make sure they stay in school.

The Journal-Constitution reports that more than one-third of Georgia's school systems have school-based probation programs.

Georgia 9th graders will have to choose career paths

Georgia 9th graders will have to choose career paths

ATLANTA -- Here's a question: Did you know what career you wanted to pursure in night grade?

Next fall, all high school freshman in Georgia public schools will have to determine a career path and take classes tailored to that goal.

"The governor signed house bill 187 into law this past session, which mandates that we have career pathways for all students beginning in the fall of 2012," said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. "It's a national model. Many states are already using career clusters and career pathways."

There are 17 careers clusters and each one has a core of subjects students must take. The process is similar to working on a major in college. Students will have the opportunity to switch career pathways throughout their time in high school.