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School lunch waste

School lunch waste | Metro Atlanta Education | Scoop.it

The federal government estimates uneaten school lunch food costs taxpayers a whopping $600 million a year

 

The formal term is plate waste, and one Cherokee County school is doing something to curb it.

 

Macedonia Elementary plays music during lunch to cut down on chatter and get kids to focus on eating.

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Voters Sue Over 'Misleading' Charter School Ballot Language

Voters Sue Over 'Misleading' Charter School Ballot Language | Metro Atlanta Education | Scoop.it

An East Atlanta church minister and a public school teacher have filed a lawsuit in Fulton Superior Court against members of the state of Georgia government over the language of the Nov. 6 ballot as it pertains to charter schools.

 

The lawsuit, filed by the Rev. Timothy McDonald, senior pastor at First Iconium Baptist Church in East Atlanta, and Dalton teacher Beverly Hedges, names Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp as co-defendants.

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

Attorney for former North Atlanta principal Mark MyGrant asks... | Metro Atlanta Education | Scoop.it
An attorney for former North Atlanta High principal Mark MyGrant sent a letter Wednesday to Atlanta Public Schools asking the board of education to hold a hearing to clear MyGrant’s name following allegations of “institutional racism” at the school...
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School: Teacher Helps Students Cheat Because She Says They’re ‘Dumb As Hell’ - CBS Atlanta

School: Teacher Helps Students Cheat Because She Says They’re ‘Dumb As Hell’ - CBS Atlanta | Metro Atlanta Education | Scoop.it

A local former fifth-grade teacher implicated in a cheating scandal reportedly offered the students the illegal help because she thought they were "dumb as hell."

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Cobb's Revised Education SPLOST Projects Unveiled

Cobb's Revised Education SPLOST Projects Unveiled | Metro Atlanta Education | Scoop.it

Board members on Thursday discussed the revised list, which still comes in at an estimated $717 million in collections.

 

Among the major changes are $3.1 million in renovations at Tapp Middle School in Powder Springs, a $3.3 million addition at Kincaid Elementary School in Northeast Cobb and new classroom space at Teasley Elementary School in Smyrna costing another $3.1 million.

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Georgia expected to restore 180-day pre-k schedule

Georgia expected to restore 180-day pre-k schedule | Metro Atlanta Education | Scoop.it
Georgia’s pre-kindergarten program could soon have what the recession has taken from most of the state’s regular k-12 schools: a 180-day school year.

 

The pre-k year was cut to 160 days last year as part of a push by Gov. Nathan Deal to ensure the long-term viability of it and the popular HOPE scholarship, programs funded solely from Georgia lottery ticket sales.

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Gwinnett education officials: Public schools have improved

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

Having been warned about lobbying against the charter school amendment on taxpayer time, Gwinnett school officials are trying a new tack: touting the success of the state’s public schools.


At a school board work session Thursday afternoon, they rolled out a series of maps showing states that have shown improvement on six major tests of students’ academic skills, including the SAT.

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Pre-k paying off, experts say

Pre-k paying off, experts say | Metro Atlanta Education | Scoop.it
Pre-kindergarten — across the nation and in Georgia — is paying off in giving children a head start in learning basic education and life skills, experts said Thursday night.
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Atlanta school cheating cases far from done

Atlanta school cheating cases far from done | Metro Atlanta Education | Scoop.it

Schools, some of the accused educators are still fighting to clear their names.

 

The school district has spent more than $1.7 million hiring outside attorneys to assist with the cases. With appeals and court challenges, it could be a year or more before all are resolved.

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Chatt Tech Increases Tuition for 2013

Chatt Tech Increases Tuition for 2013 | Metro Atlanta Education | Scoop.it
Students at the 25 Technical College System of Georgia colleges will pay $85 per credit hour beginning in the spring 2013 semester. As a result, tuition for a full, 15-hour course load will cost $1,275 next semester, or $150 more.
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Schools take steps to fight childhood obesity

Summary: cutting the amount of fried foods and adding more fruits and vegetables

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Condition of public high schools: More math, science.

The Alliance for Excellent Education released a good summary of the Condition of Education 2012 report, which can be read in full here. Here is the summary from the Alliance:

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Seats open on Atlanta school board

ATLANTA - Three people are running for a four-year term and competing for two seats on the Atlanta Community Schools Board of Education. The full term candidates include Chad Brown, Laurel Orm, Doris Smith. Larry Valentine will be on the ballot running for a partial term ending in 2015.

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MLK students get free computer through CFY-Atlanta

MLK students get free computer through CFY-Atlanta | Metro Atlanta Education | Scoop.it
About 100 sixth-graders from Atlanta’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle received a computer with educational software for attending a digital workshop Saturday hosted by CFY-Atlanta.
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Gwinnett judge tosses suit on schools' campaigning

Gwinnett judge tosses suit on schools' campaigning | Metro Atlanta Education | Scoop.it

A judge dismissed a lawsuit accusing Gwinnett County school authorities and the Georgia School Boards Association of illegally campaigning against the proposed constitutional amendment to affirm the state's power to create independent charter schools.

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Georgia State student robbed at gunpoint

Georgia State student robbed at gunpoint | Metro Atlanta Education | Scoop.it
A Georgia State University student was robbed at gunpoint near the Downtown Atlanta campus. The victim told University Police that he was approached by a man on Auburn Avenue under the I-75/85 bridge around 3:15 p.
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Teen shot near Banneker High School

Teen shot near Banneker High School | Metro Atlanta Education | Scoop.it

A teenager was shot Friday night near Banneker High School, police said.Around 10:30 p.m., a large group of boys leaving the football game against Therrell High got into an altercation in the 6000 block of Feldwood Road, and someone pulled a gun and began shooting, Fulton County spokeswoman Cpl. Kay Lester said.

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Atlanta school board delays vote on Davis’ contract

Atlanta school board delays vote on Davis’ contract | Metro Atlanta Education | Scoop.it

The Atlanta school board on Monday deferred until December deciding whether to extend the contract of Superintendent Erroll Davis, who has come under sharp criticism in recent weeks over his removal of top administrators from North Atlanta High.

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Three Henry County teachers are Teacher of the Year finalists

Three Henry County teachers are Teacher of the Year finalists | Metro Atlanta Education | Scoop.it
Three Henry County teachers have been named finalist for Teacher of the Year. They were chosen from a group of 50 contestants and will compete for Georgia Teacher of the Year.
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More controversy at North Atlanta High: Accusations of cheating

More controversy at North Atlanta High: Accusations of cheating | Metro Atlanta Education | Scoop.it

Cheating allegations at North Atlanta High school are being investigated by Atlanta Public Schools’ Office of Internal Compliance, bringing yet another controversy to the Buckhead school where Superintendent Erroll Davis replaced the principal and five administrators three weeks ago.


Spokesman Stephen Alford confirmed Thursday that investigators are responding to several anonymous complaints that alleged improper grade changing. According to an internal APS memo, the investigation began Friday, Oct. 19, two weeks after the administrators were replaced. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained a copy of the memo, which was faxed anonymously to WSB-TV.

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Clayton County Schools could possibly lose accreditation, again

Clayton County Schools could possibly lose accreditation, again | Metro Atlanta Education | Scoop.it

Clayton schools lost their accreditation in 2008 and then struggled to regain it. Now the threat looms again, as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools warned last week that county schools’ accreditation could be in jeopardy because of infighting among school board members and other concerns.

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Slight Dip in 2012, But Cobb SAT Scores Continue To Exceed State, National Averages

SAT scores for the Cobb County School District's most recent graduates remain well above averages for the state of Georgia and the nation, despite a 2-point decrease from last year. Seniors in the class of 2012 posted an overall score of 1520 (combined Reading, Math and Writing totals), besting their statewide peers' average by 68 points and the national average by 22 points.

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Scarred by Cheating Scandal, Atlanta Schools Are on the Mend

Scarred by Cheating Scandal, Atlanta Schools Are on the Mend | Metro Atlanta Education | Scoop.it

Mr. Davis, who is 67, did not need the job. His wife of 43 years hoped he would not take it. He had nothing to prove. An engineer by training, he had been the chief executive of a Wisconsin-based utility company, and then, starting in 2006, the chancellor of the University System of Georgia. In October 2010, he announced he would retire from the chancellorship the following summer.

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Changes to children's school lunch

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