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Springdale Park Teacher Wins Outstanding Educator Award

Springdale Park Teacher Wins Outstanding Educator Award | Atlanta Education | Scoop.it

The Atlanta Families' Award for Excellence in Education honored eight outstanding educators from across the city, awarding funding for educational projects and grants.  Each grant totals $7,500, including "$3,500 for a school project of the winner’s choice, $1,500 for a professional development opportunity to boost the educator’s effectiveness and a personal stipend of $2,500."

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ATLANTA: Enrollment drops at Ga. colleges, halting trend | State News | Macon.com

Enrollment figures released last week by the University System of Georgia showed a 1.2% decrease in enrollment, only the third such decline since 1978.  Currently 19 of the 35 schools in the USG have reported fewer students attending classes.

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Gwinnett education officials: Public schools have improved

Gwinnett education officials: Public schools have improved | Atlanta Education | Scoop.it

A Gwinnett school board work session held October 18th involved the presentation of improvement in "six major tests of students’ academic skills, including the SAT."  Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks stressed that credit should go to the teachers in the county.

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BOE approves design firm for career academy

The Barrow County Schools College and Career Academy has chosen architectural company BRPH as the developer for the site of its location.  Jake Grant, assistant superintendent for facilities and operations, announced the decision at Tuesday's work session.

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Charter Schools Underperform in Georgia, US, despite Potential Brain Drain

Charter Schools Underperform in Georgia, US, despite Potential Brain Drain | Atlanta Education | Scoop.it

Data released by the Georgia Department of Education showed that charter schools across Georgia attained only 70% Adequate Yearly Progress during the 2010-2011 school year, compared to 73% for traditional public school.  These results are being used as reasons for opposing the recently proposed amendment to add a statewide body to review charter school applications.  

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New bank in Atlanta, PNC, gives money for science and art in...

New bank in Atlanta, PNC, gives money for science and art in... | Atlanta Education | Scoop.it

The PNC Foundation has set aside a $1.2 million pledge for the construction of four family development centers which " will work to improve preschool for underprivileged children, with a focus on education in science and the arts."  This is part of the PNC “Grow up Great” initiative, a $350 million program dedicated to childhood development. 

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Panel: Big pay raises needed for Atlanta officials

Panel: Big pay raises needed for Atlanta officials | Atlanta Education | Scoop.it

A report released by the Elected Officials Compensation Commission reccommended pay increases for members of Atlanta's government, including the mayor and the Atlanta City Council.  Widespread oppossition to any such pay increases is suspected, but supporters say that these raises will attract higher quality candidates for public office.

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Atlanta tribunal to deliberate Thursday on APS elementary...

Atlanta tribunal to deliberate Thursday on APS elementary... | Atlanta Education | Scoop.it

A Fulton County educator that the Atlanta Public Schools system claims aided students in changing answers on their 2009 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests will face having her contract nullified with the APS.  Precious Moon's attorneys have stated that the APS has no evidence or witnesses to support its allegations.

 

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Atlanta pre-screens 'Won’t Back Down' with a focus on education solutions

Atlanta pre-screens 'Won’t Back Down' with a focus on education solutions | Atlanta Education | Scoop.it
How children are educated is the most important concern of the two main characters in the motion picture “Won’t Back Down”.

 

Forums on the topic of involvement in education followed pre-screenings of the new film Won't Back Down, including a showing last week at Movies ATL.  The panel's discussion participants included Georgia State Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan; Tony Roberts, Executive Director of the Georgia Charter Schools Association; Tonya Moore, veteran educator and 3rd grade teacher at Stonewall Tell Elementary School; and Michelle Rhee, CEO and Founder of StudentsFirst.  StudentsFirst, a bipartisan grassroots educational organization, is also responsible for promoting the film and stimulating discussion regarding the state of education across the country.

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ATLANTA: 2 sides use ground game in Ga. charter school vote | State News | Macon.com

ATLANTA: 2 sides use ground game in Ga. charter school vote | State News | Macon.com | Atlanta Education | Scoop.it
The increasingly bitter fight in Georgia over a constitutional amendment to allow more state charter schools isn't likely to play out in expensive television ads before the Nov. 6 referendum.

 

Two groups, one pro-charting schooling and one against them, want "exclusive claim to being a 'people's campaign,'" while portraying their opposition as "a mouthpiece for big power players" in the proposed amendment.  Proponents, such as Governor Nathan Deal, claim that an increase in charter school applications through the new state panel would allow for more choices in education among parents and students.  Those against the amendment say that more investment into the system of over-200 charter schools would create unnecessary strain on government.

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Gwinnett County host college fair for students with disabilities

Gwinnett County host college fair for students with disabilities | Atlanta Education | Scoop.it

The Gwinnett County School System hosted the "GCPS College Fair for Students with Disabilities" on Saturday, October 13th, in Suwanee.  The U.S. Department of Education's Ofice of Civil Rights recently reported that more highschoolers with disabilities have been attending postsecondary educational institutions. 

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Proposal would tie funding for Georgia colleges to success

Proposal would tie funding for Georgia colleges to success | Atlanta Education | Scoop.it

A group appointed by Governor Nathan Deal recently approved "framework" for a plan to make state funding for Georgia colleges based on graduation rates of individual institutions.  If implemented, the plan would enter effect by 2015's fiscal year.

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State Senate candidates push for education dollars | Elections | Macon.com

State Senate candidates push for education dollars | Elections | Macon.com | Atlanta Education | Scoop.it

Both Demoncratic and Republican candidates in the running for Georgia's State Senate seat running north from Bibb County feel very strongly about education in the state budget.  Demoncrat Darrell Black claims that more money should be injected into education, and his Republican opponent Burt Jones aggrees but would also stop the creation of charter schools in order to ease stress in an already underfunded budget.

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ATLANTA: Some experts say pre-k programs paying off in Ga. | State News | Macon.com

ATLANTA: Some experts say pre-k programs paying off in Ga. | State News | Macon.com | Atlanta Education | Scoop.it

Findings recently announced at a forum discussing the future for Georgia's current lottery-supported Pre-K programs claimed that these have been beneficial for children involved in them.  Data was presented by Gary Henry, "a professor of public and higher education policy at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University" and "senior vice president of outreach and educational practices at Sesame Workshop," Jeanette Betancourt.

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Seats open on Atlanta school board - TheAlpenaNews.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Michigan, Community Information - The Alpena News

Four candidates are competing for two seats on the Atlanta Community Schools Board of Education.  The four-year term is contended by Chad Brown, Laurel Orm and Doris Smith, as well as Larry Valentine, who will run for a partial term to end in 2015.

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Attorney for former North Atlanta principal Mark MyGrant asks...

Attorney for former North Atlanta principal Mark MyGrant asks... | Atlanta Education | Scoop.it

A lawyer representing former North Atlanta High School principal Mark MyGrant sent a letter requesting a hearing from the Atlanta Public School system to address accusations that MyGrant was part of "institutional racism" at the school during his time as principal.  A spokesperson for the APS confirmed the letter was received by its offices, but no comment has been made at this time.

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Atlanta Tea Party opposes charter amendment

Atlanta Tea Party opposes charter amendment | Atlanta Education | Scoop.it

Founder Debbie Dooley of the Atlanta Tea Party is one of the latest to express her contentions with the proposed Charter Schools Amendment.  The Tea Party and Georgia’s Legislative Black Caucus have joined forces in opposition to the possibility of a state charter commission that would approve applications from local schoolboards.

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Metro Atlanta school cafeterias take home top 2012 honors

Metro Atlanta school cafeterias take home top 2012 honors | Atlanta Education | Scoop.it
While the debate may still be out among some student’s over the “enjoyment” of nationwide, new healthier lunches, there is no doubt that students are eating bet...

 

Several Georgia counties, including some in the Metro area, were awarded at the 2012 Georgia Best Practice Award Recognition.  The event is hosted by the Georgia Department of Education’s School Nutrition Program, and this year attendants included Steve Hortin, Deputy Director of USDA's Special Nutrition Program.  Recent changes in school nutrition have promoted more healthy lifestyles and eating habits, and this is reflected in the switch to more vegetables, fruit and whole-grain breads.

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State superintendent removes anti-charter letter from agency’s...

State superintendent removes anti-charter letter from agency’s... | Atlanta Education | Scoop.it
On the advice of the Georgia Attorney General’s Office, state Schools Superintendent John Barge removed his letter opposing a proposed constitutional amendment on charter schools from his agency’s website.

 

In relation to the recent issue of the charter schools amendment, an "anti-charter letter" was posted to the state Superintendent's website, as well as the websites of several county boards of education.  The Attorney General's office has advised those who posted the letter that they could face possible legal action if they do not remove it.

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More cheating scandals inevitable, as states can’t ensure test...

More cheating scandals inevitable, as states can’t ensure test... | Atlanta Education | Scoop.it
The stain of cheating spread unchecked across 44 Atlanta schools before the state finally stepped in and cleaned it up.

 

This article details the faults in several states' systems used to ensure valid standardized test results.  According to the AJC, at least 24 states did not conduct analyses of their test results.  Some states, like Texas, perform screenings but do not use the results to investigate possible instances of cheating within schools, and they rely on the fear of being caught as the main deterrant against cheating.

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