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Fulton crash victim’s mom: ‘The tears are the ambitions that he had’

Photos splayed across the dining room table at Elke Velez’s South Fulton County home showed her youngest son, Isaiah Gregory, at various stages of his young life. In many, he wore a football uniform. “Anybody who knows Isaiah knows he loved baseball and basketball,” Velez said, smiling. “He wanted to be in the NFL, wanted to play baseball.” She’ll no longer get...


10 college majors where women go on to make more than men

10 college majors where women go on to make more than men

Among the 50 most common college majors, there is an average 11.5 percent pay gap between men and women in the first five years of their careers, with women getting the shorter end of the stick. But, according to the Glassdoor economics research team behind the findings, there are 10 particular fields where women end up out-earning their male counterparts. To come up with the data, analysts...
Governor Deal signs Georgia school turnaround bill

Governor Deal signs Georgia school turnaround bill

Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday signed legislation stipulating how the state will intervene in school districts with the lowest-performing schools.  House Bill 338, entitled The First Priority Act, allows a state officer to intervene in schools in the bottom 5 percent if they are in districts that have amended their flexibility contracts to allow it. Options include the takeover of these schools...
3 DeKalb County high schools recognized as nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report

3 DeKalb County high schools recognized as nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report

DeKalb School of the Arts ranks as the top high school in metro Atlanta, U.S. News & World Report announced Tuesday in its annual list of best high schools in the U.S. It was the second best school in the state, behind Columbus High School in Muscogee County. Two other DeKalb County Schools made the list — Chamblee Charter High School and DeKalb Early College Academy.  DeKalb...
Judge says mostly white Alabama city may secede from school district

Judge says mostly white Alabama city may secede from school district

A federal judge has ruled that a predominantly white Alabama city may separate from its more diverse school district, even though the judge concluded the action was motivated by race and sent messages of racial inferiority and exclusion that "assail the dignity of black school children." Gardendale, a bedroom community of Birmingham, has been pushing for years to form its own small school...
Riverwood team wins Destination Imagination engineering event

Riverwood team wins Destination Imagination engineering event

Riverwood International Charter School’s newly formed Destination Imagination team won first place in the Engineering Challenge, in which competing teams design, build, and test load-bearing structures using specific materials, at the recent state tournament at Lanier High School. The club will go on to the Global Finals May 24-27 in Knoxville. The team members are Srujani Das, Jackie Martinez...
Brandon Hall team wins Georgia High School Math Competition

Brandon Hall team wins Georgia High School Math Competition

Brandon Hall School won its sixth-consecutive first place at the 43rd annual Georgia High School Math Competition, at Georgia Southwestern in Americus, Ga., in February. The students received the highest team score in Brandon Hall history and won a number of individual awards. Junior Lan Lin, the team captain, said, “It’s about the participation, and teamwork is the key to success.&rdquo...
Student inventions win spot in national competition

Student inventions win spot in national competition

Young inventors from J.C. Booth Middle and Flat Rock Middle schools brought home awards from the 2017 K-12 InVenture Challenge at Georgia Tech, and two teams are heading to a nationwide event after taking top prizes. Katie Barry, Olivia Quern and Esther Ofielu clinched first place for an invention called “The Locker Hammock,” a redesign of the standard locker shelf that consists of suction...
Brookwood team wins State Science Olmpiad

Brookwood team wins State Science Olmpiad

A team from Brookwood High School won the 2017 State Science Olympiad, where the top four teams were Brookwood, Chattahoochee High School, Walton High School and Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology. Brookwood will now represent Georgia at the National Science Olympiad at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, May 19-20, 2017. These Brookwood students placed in the competition...
Deaths of teens killed in crash felt across South Fulton

Deaths of teens killed in crash felt across South Fulton

The deaths of four teenagers in a horrific crash Monday are having far-reaching impact across South Fulton County. Investigators said Isaiah Gregory, 15, Cameron Jones, 16, Ke’Ariy Lopez 14, and Octavious Rhodes, 16, died in the crash. A fifth teen, Lexus Todd, remains hospitalized at Grady Memorial Hospital. Four of the students were freshmen at Langston Hughes High School. Cameron Jones transferred...
North Georgia cadet keeps scholarship, still faces felony

North Georgia cadet keeps scholarship, still faces felony

A University of North Georgia cadet suspended for taking an embarrassing photo of a school official appealed his suspension Wednesday. Dante Harris asked to be allowed back in the fall. The university suspended Harris, a junior cadet attending UNG on a $70,000 military scholarship, for taking and sharing a photo of the assistant commandant, retired Major Richard Neikirk, standing in front of...
Funeral services set for Cobb County brothers killed in auto wreck

Funeral services set for Cobb County brothers killed in auto wreck

Funeral services for the two brothers killed Monday in an auto wreck in Roswell have been set for Sunday, Cobb County school officials say. The service for James and Joe Pratt is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Rd., Marietta. The brothers were headed to a dental appointment when their vehicle struck a school bus Monday afternoon. James Pratt, 18, was a senior at Lassiter...
Kids build doghouse for new Gwinnett police dog

Kids build doghouse for new Gwinnett police dog

A fifth-grade class in Lilburn built a doghouse for the city’s newest K-9 officer. Ajax, a 1-year-old Belgian Malinois, was selected to join the force this year. He and his handler, AJ Ajanovic, will start special training in North Carolina on May 1. Before Ajanovic shipped off for training, the Parkview Christian School students surprised Ajanovic with the doghouse.  The kids, who worked...
These 10 college majors lead to the biggest gender pay gaps

These 10 college majors lead to the biggest gender pay gaps

New research suggests the gender pay divide — in which women in the U.S. working full-time and salaried jobs earn approximately 20 percent less than men in the same positions — may begin before Americans even hit the workforce. In fact, according to an economics research team at Glassdoor, it could all start with a college student’s choice of major. Using 46,900...
JP Morgan Chase gives $400,000 grant for Morehouse College entrepreneurship program

JP Morgan Chase gives $400,000 grant for Morehouse College entrepreneurship program

Morehouse College is partnering with JP Morgan Chase on an effort to help grow new minority-and-women-owned tech businesses. The company is giving the college’s Entrepreneurship Center a $400,000 grant for a program called Ascend 2020 Atlanta, Morehouse officials announced Wednesday. A kickoff to the effort is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. The grant is aimed at helping increase capital...
Ex-KSU director indicted on charge of taking $41K from student groups

Ex-KSU director indicted on charge of taking $41K from student groups

The case of a former Kennesaw State University director accused of bilking $41,000 from fraternities and sororities moved forward last week. According to a warrant, Jennifer Morales took the money between 2013 and early 2016 from a KSU Greek life account using a student organization debit card for unrelated purchases. Morales was indicted Thursday on two racketeering counts and a theft...
Gwinnett Tech student gets first-ever grant for single moms in school

Gwinnett Tech student gets first-ever grant for single moms in school

A single mother with a 4.0 GPA at Gwinnett Technical College has been awarded the first-ever grant from an organization that wants to helps Georgia moms in school. Amber Aur moved from Pennsylvania to Georgia three years ago, seeking better opportunities for her and her young son. Now a diagnostic medical sonography student at Gwinnett Tech, she has received the Nana Grant, a $7,000 award that...
Governor Deal to sign Georgia school turnaround legislation

Governor Deal to sign Georgia school turnaround legislation

Gov. Nathan Deal will sign school turnaround legislation Thursday. House Bill 338, entitled The First Priority Act, details how the state will intervene in Georgia’s lowest-performing schools in school districts that amend their flexibility contracts to allow it. Deal’s office said he also will sign several other bills at the 9:45 a.m. ceremony under the Gold Dome: HB 37, HB 139, HB 198...
Teacher: Georgia’s opt-out parents contribute to loss of respect in classroom

Teacher: Georgia’s opt-out parents contribute to loss of respect in classroom

While still new to Georgia, the opt-out testing movement is generating a lot of discussion. Among the questions: Does it communicate a lack of respect for teachers and schools when parents tell their children they can reject state tests? That’s the conclusion of a teacher who tells the AJC Get Schooled blog that the parents opting their children out of tests contribute to a growing culture of...
Is Georgia requiring students to take tests that are too long?

Is Georgia requiring students to take tests that are too long?

Thousands of metro students are taking Georgia Milestones Assessments this week, but are the tests too long for young students? That is the contention of many of the parents opting their kids out of the tests, including Carol Kirshner who maintains the 60-90 minute tests are developmentally inappropriate for her third grader and others. Writing in the AJC Get Schooled blog, Kirshner says research...
Photos: Lassiter High mourns brothers killed in wreck

Photos: Lassiter High mourns brothers killed in wreck

James Pratt, 18, a senior at Cobb County’s Lassiter High School, and his younger brother, Joe, 14, a freshman, were killed when they hit a school bus carrying special-needs students on April 24, 2017, police said.
Two schools. Six victims. Shared grief.

Two schools. Six victims. Shared grief.

Sadness. Silence. Tears. Students and staff at two metro Atlanta high schools spent Tuesday comforting each other and attempting to comprehend the incomprehensible: the deaths of six students in two collisions on different ends of Fulton County. The collisions took place, in a sad twist, on the same state highway, Ga. 92, approximately 40 miles from each other. The first occurred at 1:15 p.m...
Lassiter High brothers remembered as hard-working, fun-loving

Lassiter High brothers remembered as hard-working, fun-loving

Kids flooded out the doors of Lassiter High School eager to head home Tuesday afternoon. All was normal except for the grown, misty-eyed military men standing outside the concert hall describing two students who will never walk across that parking lot again. Capt. Jim Minta, head naval sciences officer at the school’s ROTC program, spoke through red eyes about brothers 18-year-old James...
Questions persist in wreck that killed four Fulton County students

Questions persist in wreck that killed four Fulton County students

As hundreds of students returned to Langston Hughes High School in South Fulton County on Tuesday in the wake of four classmates killed Monday in a vehicle collision, questions surrounded the circumstances that led to the teens being off campus. Fulton County Schools spokeswoman Susan Hale said she cannot confirm whether the students were supposed to be on campus during the crash until all are...
When students die, school counselors treat the emotional wounds

When students die, school counselors treat the emotional wounds

Death, especially that of a child, brings grief that can be debilitating in the near term and surface months and years later in unexpected ways. So the tragedies rippling across Fulton County’s Langston Hughes High School, which lost four students in a crash Monday, and Cobb’s Lassiter High, which lost two in another, provides an intense emotional challenge for the...
Cobb County brothers who died described as giving students

Cobb County brothers who died described as giving students

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned that the young men from Lassiter High School killed in a wreck Monday about 1 p.m. were on their way to dental appointments. A letter to parents and students from Principal Chris Richie says: “With a heavy heart, I must inform you that two of our students, brothers James (Jim) and Joe Pratt, were killed in a car accident on Highway 92 yesterday afternoon...
3 Fulton County schools took home accolades from statewide awards show

3 Fulton County schools took home accolades from statewide awards show

Three Fulton County schools won accolades at the recent 2017 Shuler Hensley Awards, which honors the best in Georgia high school theater. Milton High, Johns Creek High and The Lovett School beat out schools across the state to take home top prizes Thursday. The sold-out ceremony was broadcast live on Georgia Public Broadcasting from the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre...
4 teens killed in south Fulton crash ID’d

4 teens killed in south Fulton crash ID’d

Officials have identified four teenagers killed Monday in a crash between an SUV and tractor-trailer in south Fulton County. The teens, identified late Tuesday by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office, were Isaiah Gregory, 15, Cameron Jones, 16, Ke’Ariy Lopez 14, and Octavious Rhodes, 16. Isaiah, Ke’Ariy and Octavious were freshmen at Langston Hughes High School, Fulton County...
Seven Fulton high schools on U.S. News’ best of Georgia list

Seven Fulton high schools on U.S. News’ best of Georgia list

Nearly one in four of metro Atlanta’s best high schools on the U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list for Georgia are in Fulton County. The district had seven of the 30 metro area schools listed as tops in the state, starting with Fulton Science Academy High, ranked sixth in Georgia and 248th in the nation. Cambridge, Northview and Alpharetta high schools were seventh through ninth...
Eight Cobb high schools on U.S. News’ best of Georgia list

Eight Cobb high schools on U.S. News’ best of Georgia list

More than one in four of metro Atlanta’s best high schools on the U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list for Georgia are in Cobb County. The district had eight of the 30 metro area schools listed as tops in the state, starting with Walton High, ranked fifth in Georgia and 204th in the nation. Lassiter, Pope, Harrison, Hillgrove, Wheeler, Kennesaw Mountain...
District: 19 DeKalb County students opt out of Georgia Milestones testing

District: 19 DeKalb County students opt out of Georgia Milestones testing

Nineteen students opted out of Georgia Milestones testing this year, DeKalb County School District officials said Monday.  The students’ parents refused testing for them for the 2017 testing period, said Knox Phillips, executive director of the office of research, assessments and grants. Twenty-eight students opted out of testing in 2016.  Many public school students across Georgia...
U.S. News: Best high schools in metro Atlanta

U.S. News: Best high schools in metro Atlanta

More than 30 Atlanta area high schools are among the top high schools in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best High Schools list. The list includes 11 Gwinnett County high schools, eight in Cobb County, seven in Fulton County, three in DeKalb County and two in Clayton County. No non-charter Atlanta Public Schools high school made the list. Gwinnett...
U.S. News: Best high schools in Georgia

U.S. News: Best high schools in Georgia

More than 60 Georgia high schools are ranked among the best in the country under the U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best High Schools list. But no Georgia school was among the top 50 under U.S. News’ ranking. Under the 2017 rankings, Columbus High School in Muscogee County is the top high school in Georgia. PHOTOS: Is your high school one of Georgia’s top 20 for 2017? The...
Witness to crash that killed 4 teens: ‘There was nothing we could do’

Witness to crash that killed 4 teens: ‘There was nothing we could do’

She wasn’t sure exactly what was in the middle of the road Monday afternoon. Then, Tilafayea Walker realized it was an SUV that had crashed, and she could see someone inside. “Oh my God, there’s someone in the car,” Walker remembers telling her sister, who was driving on Ga. 92 in south Fulton County. Without hesitating, Walker got out of her sister’s car and ran to the...
This DeKalb summer camp is free and informative for kids

This DeKalb summer camp is free and informative for kids

Applications are being accepted for a free tech summer camp for DeKalb County middle school students. Techie Camp is a full-day, weeklong experience designed for elementary and middle school students, the district said. The goal is to stimulate a deeper interest in technology.  Each camp is comprised of 16 students and lead by two instructors. The camps are held July 10-14 at the Stonecrest...
Teen brothers killed in Roswell collision with special-needs school bus

Teen brothers killed in Roswell collision with special-needs school bus

Two brothers are dead after a crash between a car and a school bus near Ga. 92 in Roswell, police said. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office identified the brothers as 18-year-old James Pratt and 14-year-old Joseph Pratt. Both attended Lassiter High School in northeast Cobb County, according to Channel 2 Action News. It was a bad day for metro Atlanta high schools, as four teenagers...
4 Langston Hughes High students killed in tractor-trailer crash 

4 Langston Hughes High students killed in tractor-trailer crash 

Four teenagers were killed and another was injured Monday in a crash involving a tractor-trailer and a Lincoln Navigator, Fulton County police said. The teens were confirmed to be students at Langston Hughes High School, Channel 2 Action News reported.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Breaking...
Cops: Teens on crime spree sparked lockdown at DeKalb school

Cops: Teens on crime spree sparked lockdown at DeKalb school

A group of teenagers is accused of a crime spree that ended with a school lockdown in DeKalb County, according to Channel 2 Action News. Conyers police say four teens smashed the windows of more than a dozen cars in the Calloway Crossing and Travers Creek neighborhoods on April 12.  After allegedly stealing a car, they went to Towers High in DeKalb, where they are not students, and were...
Atlanta’s Ron Clark Academy rolls out red carpet for incoming 5th graders

Atlanta’s Ron Clark Academy rolls out red carpet for incoming 5th graders

A video showing incoming 5th graders at Atlanta’s Ron Clark Academy doing the Milly Rock down a red carpet has set social media on fire. About 300,000 people have seen the 45-second video on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Founder Ron Clark said the red carpet welcome has been a fixture at the school for nearly a decade. “We believe in starting things big and ending things...
Olens discusses goals to raise money for Kennesaw State research and projects

Olens discusses goals to raise money for Kennesaw State research and projects

Kennesaw State University president Sam Olens, in his first state of the university address Monday, asked faculty and staff for their help as he attempts to raise more money for various renovation projects and additional student housing on both campuses. “There’s a lot to do and so much that I want to accomplish,” Olens said during a 20 minute speech at KSU’s Marietta campus...
Seventy-five Gwinnett County students opt out of Georgia Milestones

Seventy-five Gwinnett County students opt out of Georgia Milestones

Seventy-five Gwinnett County students have opted out of taking the Georgia Milestones exams, school district officials said Thursday. The number is low in comparison to the 76,000 students taking the exams, but it shows the resistance some parents have of what they say is too much testing by schools and not enough focus on learning. The Georgia Milestones are state exams aimed at measuring student...
Which Atlanta school is pushing early college completion to tackle student debt?

Which Atlanta school is pushing early college completion to tackle student debt?

Clark Atlanta University officials saw a problem. Many students were graduating with mountains of student debt. One group of researchers last year estimated the average amount of debt for Clark Atlanta students at nearly $41,000, the highest of any school they surveyed in Georgia. The private university, near downtown Atlanta, last year became one of an increasing number of schools to create...
Many Georgia students feel overburdened by rising college costs

Many Georgia students feel overburdened by rising college costs

Athens resident Jessica Hembree, who wants to become a doctor, began her college career last year but she took this semester off. Why? She wanted, needed, to save money to pay the additional thousands of dollars it will cost her to attend the University of Georgia this fall. Hembree, 19, is working three part-time jobs, putting in about 40 hours a week, yet she hasn’t saved up as much as she&rsquo...
Statewide internet outage disrupts, delays Georgia Milestones tests

Statewide internet outage disrupts, delays Georgia Milestones tests

An internet outage today disrupted Georgia Milestones testing across the state. As a result, some districts including Gwinnett and Clayton had to delay testing and will resume their exams next week. In an email response to the Atlanta Journal and Constitution tonight, state Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza said, “PeachNet (state internet provider) went down for a little while this...
Surprise! Georgia State gives full scholarships to 14 Southwest DeKalb High students

Surprise! Georgia State gives full scholarships to 14 Southwest DeKalb High students

Fourteen Southwest DeKalb High School seniors walked into a room Wednesday with representatives from State Farm and Georgia State University. They had applied for full scholarships to a two-year program at the Georgia State University - Perimeter College, Decatur campus. But every student there received a scholarship to attend college this fall. “A college education gives people...
University of North Ga. suspends cadet for taking bathroom photo

University of North Ga. suspends cadet for taking bathroom photo

The University of North Georgia decided Friday to suspend Dante Harris for the upcoming summer and fall semesters. In November, Harris photographed Major Richard Neikirk, second in command of the university’s Army ROTC program, while Neikirk was at a urinal. Neikirk had pulled his shorts down below his buttocks, which were visible in the photo. Harris then sent the photo to three friends, who...
Betsy DeVos joins chief critic on tour of public schools

Betsy DeVos joins chief critic on tour of public schools

President Donald Trump’s secretary of education has promoted school choice in many of her public statements and in visits to private and charter schools. This week, however, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos toured traditional public schools, which she has contended are failing their students. DeVos was in rural Ohio at the invitation of one of her chief critics, American Federation of Teachers...
Are schools throwing in towel on cheating?

Are schools throwing in towel on cheating?

Does everybody cheat? When you look at survey results of high school and college students, it appears cheating has become not only widespread, but openly acknowledged. A survey of 24,000 students at 70 high schools found 64 percent admitted to cheating on a test, and 58 percent owned up to plagiarism. Overall, 95 percent said they had cheated, whether on a test or by plagiarizing material or copying...
Gwinnett County schools seeing some glitches with Georgia Milestones exams

Gwinnett County schools seeing some glitches with Georgia Milestones exams

State education officials are working with Gwinnett County to repair some online glitches they’re having administering the Georgia Milestones exams, school district officials said Thursday. “We have had a few challenges with the online portion of the assessment this week,” Debbie Durrence, Gwinnett’s executive director of accountability and assessment told school board members...
Why Atlanta school cafeterias are going vegetarian for Earth Day

Why Atlanta school cafeterias are going vegetarian for Earth Day

Atlanta schools are putting vegetables and other non-meaty foods front and center in school lunches today in recognition of Earth Day. Nearly every Atlanta school will serve only vegetarian lunches today, including black bean and corn quesadillas in elementary schools, baked buffalo cauliflower in middle schools and black bean burgers and garden vegetable pizzas in high schools.  It’s part...
Gwinnett school board names two new principals

Gwinnett school board names two new principals

Gwinnett County Public Schools officials announced Thursday new principals to replace two are retiring at the end of the school year. Shane Orr will replace Maryanne Grimes as principal of Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville. Orr is currently the school’s assistant principal. Orr began his career in Gwinnett in 2000 as a teacher at Dacula High School. Kara Dutton, who currently serves...
Group demands Gwinnett County school officers be fired

Group demands Gwinnett County school officers be fired

Several dozen people gathered outside the Gwinnett County school district headquarters Thursday to demand two school resource officers be fired on accusations the officers used excessive force against a student to break up a fight. With chants of “counselors not cops,” the demonstrators said they want a full investigation of the Feb. 7 incident at South Gwinnett High School and policy...
Suit says Cobb schools ‘capitulated’ to Christians in yoga flap

Suit says Cobb schools ‘capitulated’ to Christians in yoga flap

An assistant principal who says she introduced yoga into her Cobb County school to calm down disruptive students is claiming she was victimized by Christian parents who objected on religious grounds, and by a school district that “capitulated” to them. The resulting federal lawsuit jabs a couple of hot-button issues in public education. Beyond the debate about yoga and religion, it raises...
Gwinnett group accuses school police officers of assaulting student

Gwinnett group accuses school police officers of assaulting student

A group of Gwinnett County activists wants two school resource officers fired, saying the officers used excessive force against a 16-year-old male student to break up a fight, leaving him bloodied and unconscious. The Gwinnett Parent Coalition to Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline, which has been critical of Gwinnett’s school disciplinary policies, has scheduled a press conference before...
A new corporate, civic effort to improve metro schools: Will it work?

A new corporate, civic effort to improve metro schools: Will it work?

A new civic coalition with some high-powered supporters hopes to turn around metro schools. A collaboration of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Atlanta Regional Commission, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the United Way of Greater Atlanta, Learn4Life unites metro school systems, communities, business and nonprofits around a plan to use a data-driven, collective-impact approach to improve...
Fuzzy math? DeKalb Schools HR chief says district has 2 teacher vacancies, then backpedals

Fuzzy math? DeKalb Schools HR chief says district has 2 teacher vacancies, then backpedals

Interim Chief Human Capital Management Officer Everett Patrick said during Monday’s DeKalb County School District work session that the district currently has just two teacher vacancies.  The statement was immediately met with skepticism from several board members. The district’s vacancies have been mysteriously dropping since Patrick took over the human capital management...
Georgia college student faces charges for sharing bathroom photo

Georgia college student faces charges for sharing bathroom photo

Dante Jamal Harris is in many ways a model student. He graduated from high school with a 3.9 G.P.A., earned a $70,000 scholarship to the University of North Georgia and made last year’s Dean’s List at UNG, all while training to become an officer in the Georgia Army National Guard through the university’s ROTC program. Now a junior at UNG, Harris could be expelled, lose his National...
Georgia university system leader discusses meeting with DeVos

Georgia university system leader discusses meeting with DeVos

University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley said Tuesday he talked about the importance of Pell Grants, the system’s efforts to consolidate colleges and other issues during last week’s meeting with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Wrigley discussed the meeting during his monthly presentation to the Georgia Board of Regents, describing it as “excellent.”...
Georgia public college students to pay higher tuition

Georgia public college students to pay higher tuition

Georgia’s 320,000 public college students must pay more to attend school this fall. The state’s Board of Regents voted Tuesday to raise tuition by 2 percent at 28 state colleges and universities including its flagship school, the University of Georgia, and its largest institutions such as Georgia State, Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State University. Eight schools received approval to increase...
Georgia’s 28 public colleges will see 2% tuition  increase 

Georgia’s 28 public colleges will see 2% tuition  increase 

The Board of Regents today announced a 2 percent tuition increase at Georgia’s 28 public colleges and universities for full-time, in-state students. “With the generous support of the governor and legislature, we continue to focus on college affordability, while providing quality education,” said Chancellor Steve Wrigley. “Keeping tuition increases to a minimum allows the University...
Georgia Regents vote to increase college tuition

Georgia Regents vote to increase college tuition

The Georgia Board of Regents voted Tuesday to raise tuition next school year at about 30 public colleges and universities. The tuition increase is 2 percent and includes many of the state’s largest schools such as the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia State and Kennesaw State University. Graduate school tuition was capped at 2.5 percent. The board also approved 12 various fees at...
State Farm donates $20 million to aid college completion in DeKalb

State Farm donates $20 million to aid college completion in DeKalb

Georgia State University President Mark Becker and State Farm CEO Michael Tipsord announced a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership this morning. State Farm is donating $20 million to help local schools and nonprofits improve outcomes and boost completion rates among students at the GSU’s Decatur campus of Perimeter College. GSU will receive $14.5 million, while $5.5 million will go to...
New initiative to improve metro Atlanta schools

New initiative to improve metro Atlanta schools

A new initiative to improve public education in metro Atlanta will report on school performance while looking for, and spreading, ideas for improvement. Former interim Fulton County Superintendent Kenneth Zeff is spearheading the effort, dubbed “Learn4Life.” He is teaming with philanthropies and leaders in business, government and education to scout out ways “for scaling...
DeKalb schools talk billion dollar budget

DeKalb schools talk billion dollar budget

DeKalb school officials presented the district’s first billion-dollar budget Monday, with spending increases for teacher raises during the current school year and an increased mandatory teacher retirement contribution for the 2017-2018 school year. The proposed $1.03 billion budget goes up against projected revenues just under $1 billion. Chief Financial Officer Michael Bell said about $32 million...
Criminal case dropped, but cost was high for ex-Tech professor

Criminal case dropped, but cost was high for ex-Tech professor

Next month will be the seventh anniversary of the darkest moment in Joy Laskar’s life. It was when Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents raided his Atlanta home and office. Laskar, a celebrated, tenured professor of electrical engineering at the Georgia Tech, was eventually fired and indicted by a state grand jury, accused of misusing university funds and other resources to benefit his private...
Here are Fulton County Schools’ graduation dates

Here are Fulton County Schools’ graduation dates

Fulton County Schools has released its graduation schedule for spring 2017. High school graduates will get their diplomas during ceremonies between May 20 and May 27.  The full schedule is below: Alpharetta, May 25, 7:00 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre  Banneker, May 27, 12:00 p.m., Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center Cambridge, May 25, 7:00 p.m., Cambridge Stadium Centennial, May 20,...
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