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Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

ATLANTA -- Georgia's results for the 2013 CRCT reveal an improvement over the 2012 results.

The scores, which were released Tuesday morning, show 18 increases, five decreases and seven tests where the passing rates did not change.

"Our results this year on the CRCT show consistent progress and we continue to see many students scoring in the exceeds category," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "This is a testament to the great work our teachers are doing to take students to higher levels of learning."

In DeKalb County, the percentages of students who met or exceeded standards on the 2013 CRCT include:

Reading: 85.6
Math: 65.1
Science: 65.14
Social Studies: 73.1

See the full results at 11Alive.com/CRCT.

Arraignment expected for DeKalb educator

Arraignment expected for DeKalb educator

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- One of three former DeKalb County educators accused of cheating on the CRC is due back in court Monday.

Indictments were handed down Tuesday for former Cedar Grove Middle School principal Agnes Flanagan, former Rock Chapel Elementary School principal Angela Jennings and former Stoneview Elementary School assistant principal Derrick Wooten.

"It's cheating and it's wrong and it's breaking the rules -- it's corruption," DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said Tuesday. "It hurts children, and that's what this is all about."

According to the indictment, Jennings faces eight counts of public record fraud and eight counts of computer forgery.

Flanagan faces three charges each of making a false writing, public record fraud and first degree forgery.

High court to weigh in on DeKalb school board case

High court to weigh in on DeKalb school board case

ATLANTA -- Georgia's highest court is set to consider the constitutionality of a state law allowing the governor to remove school board members.

The Supreme Court of Georgia heard arguments Monday from lawyers for the state and for former DeKalb County school board chairman Eugene Walker.

The school district was put on probation by an accrediting agency in December. Gov. Nathan Deal in February issued an executive order removing Walker and five other school board members.

Walker is challenging the law that allowed that action. The federal judge presiding over the case has asked the state high court to consider two questions about the constitutionality of the law.

The court will hear arguments on those questions and submit its interpretation to the federal judge who will rule in the case.

School is (almost!) out in DeKalb County

School is (almost!) out in DeKalb County

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The last day of school is fast approaching in metro Atlanta, with some districts dismissing as early as this week.

For DeKalb County Schools, the last day is Thursday, May 23.

Other last days of school in the Atlanta area include:

Thursday, May 16
Barrow County

Friday, May 17
Clarke County

Wednesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools (traditional)
Cherokee County
Gwinnett County

Thursday, May 23
Clayton County
Cobb County
Decatur City
Fulton County
Rockdale County

Friday, May 24
Bartow County
Buford City
Carroll County
Coweta County
Fayette County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Griffin-Spalding County
Marietta City
Newton County
Paulding County

14 DeKalb schools go wireless

14 DeKalb schools go wireless

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County School District hopes to make all of its schools and centers wireless by the end of the year.

So far, 14 schools are completed, thanks to a SPLOST-funded technology project.

"We are pleased with the results so far of our aggressive technology plan," DeKalb Schools Chief Information Officer Gary Brantley said in a statement. "With their vote in support of SPLOST, the citizens of DeKalb County made a sound investment in their children's schools. Through this program, our students will learn in 21st century environments that reflect our changing needs."

As of Wednesday, DeKalb's wireless schools include Cedar Grove High, Chamblee Middle, Clarkston High, Coralwood School, International Student Center, Kittredge Magnet School, Lithonia High, Lithonia Middle, Margaret Harris Comprehensive School, Miller Grove High, Peachtree Charter Middle, Redan Middle, Tucker Middle and Warren Technical School.

DeKalb music official in running to lead FAMU marching band

DeKalb music official in running to lead FAMU marching band

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A DeKalb County Schools official is in the running to lead the famed marching band at Florida A&M University.

University officials say the search committee will meet Monday with two candidates for director of the Marching 100.

The two candidates are former Ohio University music professor Sylvester Young and Don Roberts, who is the instrumental music coordinator for DeKalb Schools.

In January, FAMU officials said they were starting over in their search for a new band director. They had planned to appoint Jorim Reid of North Carolina Central University, but they said Reid and the university disagreed over the duties of the band director.

The university changed the job following the hazing-related death of drum major Robert Champion.

Judge lets DeKalb school district drop from lawsuit

Judge lets DeKalb school district drop from lawsuit

ATLANTA -- A federal judge has granted a request from the DeKalb County school district to allow it to withdraw from a lawsuit against the state.

Last week, the district said it wished to withdraw, but that former board chairman Eugene Walker intends to continue the challenge.

The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of a law that allowed the governor to suspend six members of the nine-member school board after an accreditation agency put the district on probation.