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Gwinnett educator named finalist for Georgia principal of the year 

Dr. Tommy Welch is a finalist for the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals’ Principal of the Year award. Welch has been principal of Meadowcreek High School in Norcross since 2011, when he was promoted from interim principal. Formerly an assistant principal, he was named interim after principal Bob Jackson died earlier that year.  Welch is one of five finalists for the award...
70 years old with nearly $180K in student loan debt

70 years old with nearly $180K in student loan debt

It’s an old joke that’s quickly becoming reality for many student loan borrowers: “I’ll be paying off my student loans until I die.” During the past decade, there’s been a stunning rise in student loan debt owed by older Americans. The number of Americans 60 or older with one or more student loans quadrupled from 2005 to 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection...
Morehouse prof wants investigation of board vote against president

Morehouse prof wants investigation of board vote against president

A leading Morehouse College faculty member is demanding an explanation from the board of trustees concerning its vote not to renew the contract of its president. “We, the faculty of Morehouse College, strongly object to the decision to the Board of Trustees not to renew the contract of President John S. Wilson without explanation and without the inclusion of faculty and student trustees...
Atlanta’s new “chronically failing” schools

Atlanta’s new “chronically failing” schools

Georgia voters may have rejected a constitutional amendment that would have established punitive measures for schools on a “chronically failing” list, but state officials are still updating that list. And Atlanta Public Schools saw three schools added and two removed, for a net increase of one and a new total of 23. The new schools, according to a comparison of the new list...
Morehouse president ‘disappointed’ by board’s decision to replace him

Morehouse president ‘disappointed’ by board’s decision to replace him

Morehouse College president John S. Wilson believed his team had done good work during his four year tenure and hoped to do more. The Atlanta-based college’s board of trustees, however, voted late last week not to renew his contract when it expires in June. Wilson, who graduated from the college in 1979, said Tuesday he was disappointed by the decision. “If I had my way, I’d be serving...
Fulton County School System’s 2017-18 Calendar

Fulton County School System’s 2017-18 Calendar

Welcome to 2017! It’s never too early to prepare for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. Here are the key dates for Fulton parents to mark on their calendars: The first day of school will be Aug. 7. Thanksgiving Break will be Nov. 20-24. Winter break will begin Dec. 22 and students return to school on Jan. 8. Spring break will be April 2-6. The last day of school will be May 24.
These are Cobb’s 28 best or most-improved schools, says the state

These are Cobb’s 28 best or most-improved schools, says the state

State education staff have crunched the numbers and found that 28 of Georgia’s best and most-improved schools are in Cobb County. There were 25 in the Cobb County School District and three in the Marietta City Schools system that won one of two types of Single Statewide Accountability System awards. “This award is the result of commitment, dedication and high expectations...
Morehouse College to part ways with President Wilson

Morehouse College to part ways with President Wilson

Morehouse College is looking for a new president after the board declined to renew John S. Wilson’s contract. The board of trustees for the all-male, historically-black college near downtown Atlanta, apparently voted Friday not to renew the contract when it expires in June. The board met, but did not allow the three student members of the board to attend, drawing some students to protest. The...
Charter schools spark a polarizing debate in Atlanta’s black community

Charter schools spark a polarizing debate in Atlanta’s black community

Voices rose, fingers wagged and the crowd cheered and jeered as the speakers landed their blows. The debate — it was more an argument — about charter schools at Ebenezer Baptist Church established one clear fact: school choice, a blanket term for alternatives to the traditional educational system, is a controversial topic among black Atlantans. Allies and critics of charter schools faced...
LA Rams new coach quarterbacked Marist School to Georgia championship

LA Rams new coach quarterbacked Marist School to Georgia championship

Sean McVay, the newly named head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, is a Marist School graduate, class of 2004. The Rams named him head coach Thursday, making the 30-year-old McVay the youngest head coach in NFL history. While at Marist, McVay helped lead the War Eagles to the 2003 Class AAAA state championship title. After graduating, McVay went on to Miami University (Ohio), and then began his coaching...
Gov. Deal promises teachers a raise, but they’re skeptical

Gov. Deal promises teachers a raise, but they’re skeptical

The reaction to Gov. Nathan Deal’s announcement this week of a 2 percent raise for teachers met with skepticism on social media. One teacher on Facebook posted: “2%? Just throw it at our health care please.” Another said, “Skeptical? More like insulted!” Why? Deal promised a 3 percent raise last year — really a one-time bonus — but many teachers saw their...
Norcross, Greenbrier seniors among U.S. best in science

Norcross, Greenbrier seniors among U.S. best in science

Seniors at Norcross and Greenbrier high schools are among the 300 U.S. scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and pre-college science and math competition. Previous sponsors of the Science Talent Search were Westinghouse and Intel. Jennifer Wang, of Norcross, won for her project,”Lose the Battle but Win the War: Generous Zero-Determinant Strategies in the...
Gwinnett bus driver wins 2 gold medals in track meet in Australia

Gwinnett bus driver wins 2 gold medals in track meet in Australia

A Gwinnett County school bus driver won two gold medals at the World Masters Track and Field Championship in Perth, Australia. Emma McGowan, who drives a special education bus and is the mother of twins, won gold in the 100 meter and 200 meter. She says training and her job go hand in hand. “I love driving the bus because after I drop off the kids in the morning, I can train for several hours...
Brookwood teacher wins Private Enterprise Education award

Brookwood teacher wins Private Enterprise Education award

Brookwood High School teacher Cindy Quinlan was awarded the 39th annual Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. She will receive $7,500. Quinlan was one of 12 U.S. educators winning the award, presented at the National Council for the Social Studies Conference in Washington, D.C. Quinlan earned it for a program she leads, The Brookwood...
Regents approve consolidation involving 4 Georgia colleges

Regents approve consolidation involving 4 Georgia colleges

The Georgia Board of Regents unanimously voted Wednesday to consolidate Georgia Southern University and Armstrong State University as well as Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Bainbridge State College. Supporters believe the larger of the two consolidations, Georgia Southern University and Armstrong State University, will improve the economy in the Savannah area and southeast Georgia...
Atlanta school board approves policy that may end rift with City Hall

Atlanta school board approves policy that may end rift with City Hall

Atlanta’s school board approved a plan that it hopes will end an ongoing feud with City Hall. Theboard agreed late Monday on an affordable-housing policy that reflects the city government’s guidelines and named a dozen people to a task force that will explore repurposing surplus school district facilities into affordable housing units. Mayor Kasim Reed has refused to turn over the deeds...
AJC poll finds support for school choice, vouchers

AJC poll finds support for school choice, vouchers

Georgia voters appear ready to embrace more charter schools and other alternatives to traditional public schools, and many favor choice even if it means sending tax dollars to private or religious institutions, a new poll for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has found. With the election of Donald Trump, the diversification of America’s educational system is on the national agenda. Betsy DeVos...
Cobb County schools to remain closed Tuesday as county slowly thaws

Cobb County schools to remain closed Tuesday as county slowly thaws

Cobb County students will stay out of the classrooms another day as the county recovers from a weekend winter storm. The school system made the announcement at 6:20 p.m. Monday that they were canceling classes on Tuesday. Central office staff and principals are expected to report to work at 10 a.m. “if their routes are safe,” Cobb school officials said in a press...
Atlanta students will talk to astronaut in live 'Earth-to-space call’

Atlanta students will talk to astronaut in live 'Earth-to-space call’

Astronomy students from The Lovett School in Atlanta will speak with a NASA astronaut living and working aboard the International Space Station. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, as announced in a Monday press release.  Expedition 50 Commander and Lovett School alumnus Shane Kimbrough, who launched...
Marietta Schools are back to normal tomorrow after icy storm

Marietta Schools are back to normal tomorrow after icy storm

Marietta City Schools students will be heading back to school Tuesday after a weekend winter storm that’s kept them out of the classroom. The school system made the announcement on its Facebook page just before 5 p.m. Monday. “I want to thank the numerous people in our MCS maintenance and transportation departments – they have been working tirelessly today to make...
Cherokee Schools to stay closed due to ice, expects to re-open Wednesday

Cherokee Schools to stay closed due to ice, expects to re-open Wednesday

Cherokee County students won’t be going to school Tuesday due to icy conditions from a weekend winter storm. Cherokee Schools announced the news on its now-famous Twitter account. But the district expects to re-open Wednesday. A winter storm was expected to bring 4 inches of snow to the area but only brought hazardous, icy roads. The icy conditions kept students in Cherokee and...
If you vote, Cobb students could win $20k for their school 

If you vote, Cobb students could win $20k for their school 

Some inventive Cobb County students could win their high school $20,000 and make their dream a reality. The students have already won $5,000 from Verizon for Kell High School and tablets for themselves because of their idea for an app. On Monday, Verizon named them the best high school team in Georgia in its nationwide app development contest for high and middle school students. That...
Gwinnett dad builds hammock stand for special education class

Gwinnett dad builds hammock stand for special education class

When Joe Kain heard his daughter’s teacher couldn’t find a suitable hammock for her classroom, he decided to build one himself. Kain, an engineer with TSI Solutions, designed and built the hammock for Lisa Trantham’s second grade class at Rosebud Elementary School in Loganville, and his employer donated the materials.  Trantham had wanted to add a hammock to the classroom because...
More Georgia university consolidations recommended

More Georgia university consolidations recommended

University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley plans to recommend two consolidations to the Board of Regents: Georgia Southern University and Armstrong State University and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) and Bainbridge State College.  The Board will act upon the recommendations at its Jan. 11 meeting. If approved, the two new institutions will be named Georgia Southern University...
High college costs hurting Georgia economy

High college costs hurting Georgia economy

The high costs of college hurt students’ ability to finish a degree, and especially hold back poor students from getting better jobs, the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education says. Its annual edition of yearly top 10 education issues notes that the cost of going to a college or university has doubled in 10 years, and that the cost of going to a Georgia technical colleges is up 65...
Atlanta schools resume normal operations Monday

Atlanta schools resume normal operations Monday

While some school districts, cautions about road conditions, will remain closed Monday, Atlanta Public Schools will open. A spokeswoman said the district’s schools will receive students on the normal schedule.
Gwinnett schools to open as usual Monday

Gwinnett schools to open as usual Monday

Gwinnett County schools will open on the normal schedule Monday. Though road conditions led officials in some districts to the north to close, districts to the south, including Gwinnett, see safer travel conditions.
Marietta schools to close Monday

Marietta schools to close Monday

While parts of metro Atlanta were basically snow free Sunday, areas to the north continued to have spotty road conditions. Marietta schools announced Sunday afternoon that they will be closed Monday “out of an abundance of caution.” State road officials said the worst had passed, but school officials remain wary of shady neighborhood streets, where ice could linger, creating danger...
Cherokee County schools closed Monday

Cherokee County schools closed Monday

Cherokee County schools will not open Monday. A spokeswoman said due to hazardous road conditions in shaded areas throughout the County and on Cherokee County School District properties, and after consultation with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Cherokee Emergency Management Agency, the superintendent has cancelled school for students and staff.
DeKalb schools to open on time Monday

DeKalb schools to open on time Monday

DeKalb County schools will open on a normal schedule Monday morning after the weekend storm that iced over roads. Scores of traffic accidents, including two fatal crashes, were blamed on the weather, but state road officials said Sunday afternoon that the worst was over. At least one metro Atlanta district was uncertain Sunday afternoon about whether all roads would be safe for school buses, but DeKalb...
Fulton schools ultimately decide to open on time Monday

Fulton schools ultimately decide to open on time Monday

The storm that threatened to turn Atlanta into a snowy quagmire turned into a light dusting with ice, though areas to the north got hit harder. That caused a dilemma for officials in Fulton County, a tall and skinny district that stretches from the south to the north. Atlanta Public Schools, which occupy the center of Fulton, decided that conditions were safe enough to open as scheduled, but Cobb...
Georgia still grappling with college-cost quandary

Georgia still grappling with college-cost quandary

Georgia still has not settled a pivotal question in a 21st century economy driven by knowledge and innovation: Is education a public or private good? Many European nations answered that question years ago, decreeing education a public benefit and providing free college to their citizens. (The “free” is relative as taxpayers pick up tab.) But European countries send fewer students to four-year...
A long list of winter storm closings, cancellations in Fulton County

A long list of winter storm closings, cancellations in Fulton County

Right now, questions are plaguing the minds of many Fulton County residents.  What if it doesn’t even snow here? Did I get enough bread and milk? Is MARTA service going to change? If you’re wondering about school, government and other closings, hopefully this list will ease your mind — at least on one subject.  Atlanta Public Schools close schools...
Report says Georgia’s school grading scale is

Report says Georgia’s school grading scale is "tougher" than other states'

Georgia’s school grading scale is “tougher” than those in other states, says a new study that is timely given Gov. Nathan Deal’s announcement Friday that he plans to focus on fixing failing schools during this legislative session. In November, voters rejected Deal’s pitch for an Opportunity School District that would have allowed him to take over “chronically failing&rdquo...
These tweets from Cherokee Co. Schools are the most savage things you'll see all day

These tweets from Cherokee Co. Schools are the most savage things you'll see all day

In preparation for Atlanta’s first winter storm of 2017 that could dump up to 4 inches of snow on parts of metro Atlanta and North Georgia, several counties have announced school closings and early dismissals. But to the dismay of many Cherokee County Schools students, the county is open for classes all day Friday. A handful took to Twitter to let out their frustrations and the ...
Gwinnett Tech, Georgia Gwinnett College closing early today

Gwinnett Tech, Georgia Gwinnett College closing early today

All Gwinnett Technical College campuses will close at noon Friday, ahead of a snowstorm that could leave more than four inches of snow in Gwinnett County. Gwinnett Tech campuses will be closed all day Saturday as well, the school announced on Twitter.  Georgia Gwinnett College, in Lawrenceville, also announced an early closure Friday. Georgia Gwinnett will close at 2 p.m. Friday and remain closed...
Woodward Academy to close early, activities canceled

Woodward Academy to close early, activities canceled

A private school with two campuses in Fulton County will close at 1 p.m. Friday due to the winter storm warning.  All Woodward Academy weekend activities are canceled. A “determination about Sunday's Fall Athletic Banquet will be made by 5 p.m. Saturday,” according to the school’s website.  The Johns Creek location serves pre-K to 6th grade, and the main campus...
Atlanta snow: Fulton Schools to close at noon Friday

Atlanta snow: Fulton Schools to close at noon Friday

Fulton County Schools will close at noon Friday as 79 counties are expected to enter a state of emergency because of a snow storm heading for metro Atlanta. The area might see up to 4 inches of snow, forecasters say. The school system announced the news on Facebook just after 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Friday was already a planning day for teachers, but now the administrative offices...
Atlanta snow: Metro school closings and openings for Monday

Atlanta snow: Metro school closings and openings for Monday

Metro Atlanta schools have made decisions about closing or opening Monday. Cobb, Cherokee and Forsyth county school systems have decided to close schools Monday for students and teachers. Roads in parts of the counties, which were hit harder than counties to the south, were still icy and dangerous Sunday afternoon. Marietta City Schools have also decided to close Monday. DeKalb County, Atlanta Public...
Fulton had the largest increase in

Fulton had the largest increase in "chronically failing" schools in metro Atlanta

The number of Georgia schools deemed "chronically failing” has grown by 20 percent, according to a new state count. Fulton County was among the largest contributors to that growth, with four schools added to the list released Thursday by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. Only Chatham County, with six schools, had more. The list grew to 153 schools from 127 in 2015...
DeKalb sees two schools removed from “chronically failing” list

DeKalb sees two schools removed from “chronically failing” list

The number of Georgia schools deemed "chronically failing” has grown by 20 percent, according to a new state count. But DeKalb County was among districts that didn’t contribute to that growth. Indeed, the district has two fewer schools deemed to have failed for three years in a row under the new count. It still has a sizable number of listed schools though, with 26. The list grew...
Georgia Gwinnett College closing 2 p.m. Friday, closed Saturday, Sunday

Georgia Gwinnett College closing 2 p.m. Friday, closed Saturday, Sunday

UPDATE: Georgia Gwinnett College announced Friday morning that it would close  at 2 p.m. Friday.  Georgia Gwinnett College will be closed Saturday and Sunday due to the possibility of inclement weather, officials announced Thursday. Gwinnett County could get more than four inches of snow between Friday and Saturday. Some cities have already told drivers to stay off the roads while snow is...
Deadline today to apply for enrollment at top Gwinnett County school

Deadline today to apply for enrollment at top Gwinnett County school

Gwinnett County students interested in attending the high school that typically ranks first statewide in many academic categories have until 4 p.m. Friday to apply. The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology has a process where students must apply for enrollment through a lottery system. Current eighth-graders must meet certain academic requirements to be admitted to the school. Students...
Gwinnett school board extends charter school’s contract

Gwinnett school board extends charter school’s contract

Gwinnett County school board members voted late Thursday in favor of a two-year extension of the New Life Academy of Excellence charter school. The current contract was scheduled to expire on June 30. The school, located in Duluth, had its charter approved in 2006. It has about 670 students. Gwinnett administrators recommended the school’s enrollment shall not exceed 1,000 students.
State school board upholds dismissal of two Atlanta educators

State school board upholds dismissal of two Atlanta educators

The state Board of Education recently affirmed the Atlanta school district’s decision to terminate a football coach and a band director last year for how they handled school funds. The school district fired Mays High School head football coach Corey Jarvis in September, saying more than $10,000 in funds belonging to the team was unaccounted for. Jarvis appealed, saying there was insufficient...
Just one metro Atlanta school district has a shrinking “chronically failing” list

Just one metro Atlanta school district has a shrinking “chronically failing” list

DeKalb County is the only metro Atlanta school district with fewer schools than before on Georgia’s updated “chronically failing” list. Georgia voters may have rejected a constitutional amendment that would have established punitive measures for schools that score poorly on state educational measures, but officials are still updating that list. DeKalb moved seven schools off...
Walton EMC gives more than $100,000 to Gwinnett teachers

Walton EMC gives more than $100,000 to Gwinnett teachers

Walton EMC has provided more than $100,000 to 15 Gwinnett County public school teachers for various instructional programs, school district officials announced Thursday. The programs included an entrepreneurship initiative, science, technology, engineering, the arts and science classes, vocational and life skill training. Walton EMC’s grant program, in its inaugural year, is made possible by...
Cobb County joins the “chronically failing” schools list

Cobb County joins the “chronically failing” schools list

For the first time, the Cobb County School District has a “chronically failing” school. Georgia voters may have rejected a constitutional amendment that would have established punitive measures for schools on a “chronically failing” list, but state officials are still updating that list. And for the first time since the list was created a couple of years ago, Cobb has...
Fulton County has Georgia’s second biggest “chronically failing” schools increase

Fulton County has Georgia’s second biggest “chronically failing” schools increase

Fulton County Schools had the largest increase in the number of “chronically failing” schools in metro Atlanta, with six added to the latest list and two removed, for a net increase of four. Only Chatham County, whose list grew by six schools, had more. Georgia voters may have rejected a constitutional amendment that would have established punitive measures for schools that repeatedly...
Best in class: Cherokee schools sweep public relations awards

Best in class: Cherokee schools sweep public relations awards

The Cherokee County School District won 15 awards from the Georgia School Public Relations Association, a record total that included a “Best in State” top honor. The Annual Publications, Photography and Electronic Media Contest recognizes outstanding work by Georgia schools, school systems, post-secondary institutions, educational agencies or education-related associations. “Communication...
Music educators honor North Gwinnett Middle School principal

Music educators honor North Gwinnett Middle School principal

Wanda Law, principal of North Gwinnett Middle School, has been named this year’s recipient of the Georgia Music Educators Association Administrative Leadership Award. She will be recognized at the opening session of the group’s annual conference at the end of January. Law was nominated by the music staff at her school for her unwavering support of band, chorus, guitar, orchestra, musical...
Emory honors Franklin Academy head of school for medical teaching

Emory honors Franklin Academy head of school for medical teaching

Dr. Martha Burdette, head of school at Ben Franklin Academy, received one of the Emory University School of Medicine Dean’s Teaching Awards in recognition of “superior teaching of medical and allied health professions students” for many years. Dr. Burdette was honored Dec. 1 at the Faculty Recognition Reception, where she received her award from Dr. David Stephens, Interim Dean;...
Whitewater retail whiz in international Virtual Business Challenge

Whitewater retail whiz in international Virtual Business Challenge

A Whitewater High School DECA Club member has qualified to compete in the Virtual Business Challenge finals at the DECA International Career and Development Conference in Anaheim, California in April. Glenn MacDonald competed in the retailing track of the challenge, taking first place in Georgia and sixth place in the nation. In the Virtual Business Challenge, participants use visual simulation software...
Morehouse College to part ways with President Wilson

Morehouse College to part ways with President Wilson

Morehouse College’s board of trustees has decided it will not renew the contract of its current president, John Wilson, when his contract expires in June. “I am proud of the work we have achieved and the obstacles we have overcome while serving as President of Morehouse College,” Wilson said in a statement released dated Sunday, the birthday of its most famous alum, the Rev. Dr....
School social media director fired after correcting student's misspelled tweet

School social media director fired after correcting student's misspelled tweet

Katie Nash was managing the Twitter feed for the Frederick County Public Schools. On Jan. 5, one student tweeted to the school’s account, @FCPSMaryland, asking to close schools “tammarow.” The tweet drew more than 1,000 retweets and likes and even earned a hashtag, #KatiefromFCPS, according to the News-Post.  Nash and the student exchanged other tweets and the student insisted...
Federal report: Most states have no rules on school bus age limits

Federal report: Most states have no rules on school bus age limits

Most states do not set limits for determining whether a school bus is too old to be on the road, according to a new federal report. Less than one-quarter of states set specific requirements for the maximum school bus age, a Government Accounting Office report released Friday found. They also don’t set requirements on seating capacity. Between 2011 and 2014, there was an annual average of 115...
Georgia board approves greater oversight of college student fees

Georgia board approves greater oversight of college student fees

The Georgia Board of Regents voted Wednesday to give itself greater oversight of student housing and meal fees in hopes of reducing the cost for students. All housing and food service fee changes must now be approved by the University System of Georgia. Previously, the school could institute such changes without USG approval. The changes were made in response to concerns that students were paying...
Who was the guy Abraham Baldwin college is named for?

Who was the guy Abraham Baldwin college is named for?

In the latest merger of Georgia colleges approved by the Board of Regents, one of the four schools involved is Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Who was Abraham Baldwin? He was an early Georgian who had nothing to do with that college in Tifton, but plenty to do with higher education in Georgia. Abraham Baldwin (1754-1807), according to the college’s website and the New Georgia encyclopedia...
Report: Average college degree pays off by age 34

Report: Average college degree pays off by age 34

Students receiving their college degrees face many challenges as they enter the workforce, but one of the biggest hurdles is financial. If you take out a loan, it has to be paid back. For those wondering if the cost was worth it, rest assured that it was. It might just take a few years to realize that value, CNN reported. It takes an average of 12 years to recoup the cost of getting your bachelor's...
Peachtree Ridge program earns state STEM certification

Peachtree Ridge program earns state STEM certification

Peachtree Ridge High School has earned STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) certification from the Georgia Department of Education for its SPIRE (STEM Program for Innovation, Rigor, and Excellence) initiative. State School Superintendent Richard Woods presented the school with a banner at a recent celebration. Dr. Jeff Mathews, the principal, said the certification “not only...
Gov. Nathan Deal to focus on “chronically failing” elementary schools

Gov. Nathan Deal to focus on “chronically failing” elementary schools

Gov. Nathan Deal acknowledged the value of teachers in his state of the state address Wednesday, calling them selfless public servants and offering them a pay raise in his budget, but he also said more money is not the cure for “chronically failing” schools. Deal offered no details about his much-anticipated plans to address schools that perform at the bottom of the state’s measures...
Committee approves plan for Gwinnett SPLOST school projects

Committee approves plan for Gwinnett SPLOST school projects

A committee of Gwinnett County residents approved a plan late Monday that would fund new sidewalks and intersection improvements at some public schools and Georgia Gwinnett College. The projects would be funded by a 1-percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. The work would be done at: Anderson-Livsey Elementary School Brookwood High School Georgia Gwinnett College Graves Elementary School Gwin...
New school buses should cut emissions, save taxpayers money

New school buses should cut emissions, save taxpayers money

The Fulton County Board of Education Tuesday approved the purchase of 90 propane-powered school buses equipped with seat belts. At a cost of more than $91,000 each, the county will pay about $8.2 million. The board will finalize the deal at the next board meeting. The propane-powered school buses should reduce emissions and costs, said schools spokeswoman Susan Hale. The alternative fuel reduces hydrocarbon...
Cobb County releases high school graduation schedule

Cobb County releases high school graduation schedule

Cobb County’s public school system announced its high school graduation schedule Tuesday. All of the graduations will be at Kennesaw State University’s Convocation Center, unless otherwise stated. Tuesday, May 23: Kell High School, 3:30 p.m. Walton High School, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 24: Osborne High School, 3:30 p.m.  Wheeler High School, 6:30 p.m. at Wheeler High School Sprayberry...
Georgia colleges among nation’s best online programs

Georgia colleges among nation’s best online programs

The University of Georgia has some of the best online programs in the nation, according to a new survey. U.S. News and World Report ranked UGA as having the sixth-best graduate online education program. UGA was tied with the State University of New York’s Albany campus. Additionally, UGA’s business school was tied for 16th nationally for non Master’s of Business Administration online...
Gwinnett County begins registration for English and computer classes for adults

Gwinnett County begins registration for English and computer classes for adults

Gwinnett County’s school system is offering free classes for parents with limited English and computer skills. Registration for the classes began Tuesday and concludes Thursday. The registration, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will be at the International Newcomer Center, 495 Maltbie St. in Lawrenceville. The classes, which are scheduled to begin on Jan. 17, will also be held the center. No...
Governor names two new state school board members

Governor names two new state school board members

Gov. Nathan Deal has named two new members to the Georgia Board of Education: Mike Cheokas of Americus and and Lee Anne Cowart of Thomson. Cheokas will represent the 2nd Congressional District, replacing W.T. Henry. Cowart will represent the 10th Congressional District, replacing Brian Burdette. Cheokas, a businessman who owns a liquor store, is a former Republican state representative who was...
Cherokee, Cobb and Paulding to close schools Tuesday

Cherokee, Cobb and Paulding to close schools Tuesday

Cherokee, Cobb and Paulding County public school students are getting another snow, or shall we say, ice day Tuesday. But public school students in Forsyth and Marietta, who had Monday off from school, will have to return to class Tuesday. Cobb officials said there were still “significant amount of ice on the roads in the northern third of the county.” Cherokee officials cited similar...
Paulding County keeping schools closed Tuesday

Paulding County keeping schools closed Tuesday

Paulding County school district officials have decided against opening school for students Tuesday. The district said in a social media post that staff are expected to report to work two hours after their normal start times. Paulding kept its schools closed Monday, citing the icy road conditions around the county from last weekend’s snowfall.
Forsyth County Schools to open Tuesday

Forsyth County Schools to open Tuesday

Forsyth County’s school system plans to be open for classes Tuesday after students had the day off Monday. District officials said on its website that it plans to have a normal school day and would alert students and parents by 7 p.m. Monday if there are any changes. Forsyth officials decided to cancel classes Monday, citing concerns about school buses traveling on some roads in the county that...
Cobb schools closed Monday

Cobb schools closed Monday

Cobb County schools have canceled school and all school activities Monday because of icy road conditions in the northern part of the county. Roads in the southern part of Cobb County were largely clear. Teachers do not have to report for any duties. The text from the Cobb system came about 3:30 Sunday.
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