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8 Local schools are vying to win a share in $100,000 in cash from Big Lots

8 Local schools are vying to win a share in $100,000 in cash from Big Lots

Lithonia, Ga --    THE POLLS ARE NOW OPEN AS BIG LOTS KICKS OFF 4th ANNUAL VIDEO CONTEST

The following eight schools are all vying for a chance to win a share of the $100,000 in cash prizes:

  • Annette Winn Elementary School – Lithia Springs
  • Columbia Elementary School – Decatur
  • Conyers Middle School – Conyers
  • Hightower Elementary School – Doraville
  • J.H. House Elementary School – Conyers
  • Middle Ridge Elementary School – Covington
  • Murphey Candler Elementary School – Lithonia
  • Turner Middle School – Lithia Springs

From June 6 through July 4, the public can vote for their favorite video entries up to three times a day by visiting www.biglots.com/lots2give.

Cross Keys High graduates two stellar students

Cross Keys High graduates two stellar students

ATLANTA -- More than 6,000 seniors graduated from DeKalb County high schools in 2011.

But two graduates from Cross Keys High School in North Atlanta accomplished some pretty amazing things during their years in DeKalb schools and are ranked among the country's best and brightest.

Mpaza Kapembwa and Thuy "Vy" Thi Tran both graduated with honors and received full scholarships to some of America's top colleges.

Mpaza immigrated to Atlanta from Zambia as a child.

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

ATLANTA -- State lawmakers are planning to meet next week to hammer out solutions for more than a dozen charter schools that face closing after a Georgia Supreme Court ruled the state commission that created them is unconstitutional.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Fran Millar said the meeting is set for June 3 at 10 a.m. at the Capitol. The Atlanta Republican says the goal is to make sure the 16,000 students enrolled in the schools have an "education setting that meets their needs" when school starts this fall.

Millar has invited several state officials, including state schools Superintendent John Barge and Mark Peevy, executive director of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission.

 

Charter school law declared unconstitutional

Charter school law declared unconstitutional

ATLANTA -- A Georgia law that cleared the way for a surge in new charter schools was struck down by the state's top court in a high-profile decision that will affect thousands of students and could reshape how the state's public school system is funded.

The Georgia Supreme Court's 4-3 decision on Monday overturned the 2008 Georgia Charter Schools Commission Act, which allowed the state to approve and fund charter schools over the objection of local school boards.

LOCAL PROFILE: Gwinnett County Summer Reading Program

LOCAL PROFILE: Gwinnett County Summer Reading Program

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Although, local schools are on the cusp of summer recess students in the area will, no longer, back able to use summer as an excuse to impede their enrichment. The Gwinnett County Library System is sponsoring their annual summer reading programming for this year on May 22. The county offers programs for teens and children.

Participants can register online stating May 9, for the summer reading program.

Governor commends Georgia's new Master Teachers

Governor commends Georgia's new Master Teachers

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal has announced the names of 86 Georgia teachers who have earned "Master Teacher" certification.

This distinction is based on demonstrated excellence in student achievement and growth for 2011.

"I am proud of Georgia's Master Teachers for their tireless efforts to enrich the minds and lives of our students and for their ongoing work toward reaching our state's goal of providing a high-quality teacher in every classroom," said Gov. Deal.

Sandra Deal, Path2College to launch college savings initiative

Sandra Deal, Path2College to launch college savings initiative

DECATUR, Ga. -- As Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal continues her "Read Across Georgia" tour, she will make a stop in Decatur to launch a contest that will help one lucky parent pay for his or her child's college education.

Together with the Georgia Public Library Service and Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan, Mrs. Deal will introduce the Destination College Savings Sweepstakes at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 12 at the Toco Hill-Avis G.