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Costs of starting and not finishing college are high

Costs of starting and not finishing college are high

It pays, literally, to finish what you start when it comes to education. The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, who have 1,800 economists, policy experts and others at their disposal to study, monitor and describe U.S. economic health, say that a post-high-school degree — any degree from an associate to a Ph.D. — is the key to boosting earning. And the higher the degree...
Plan would drop Atlanta schools property tax rate by 1-mill

Plan would drop Atlanta schools property tax rate by 1-mill

Atlanta Public Schools is poised to drop its property tax rate by one mill in response to soaring Fulton County property values. Superintendent Meria Carstarphen on Friday recommended the district lower its millage rate from 21.74 to 20.74, a proposal school board members appeared to support during a budget commission meeting. The board will hold three public hearings — likely in July&mdash...
Private vs. public: 6 ways private and public school differ 

Private vs. public: 6 ways private and public school differ 

For parents of preschoolers right on up to those with high schoolers eyeing the all-important college admissions game, the decision to attend private versus public school can be a weighty one. And you can't even rely on long-held assumptions about the merits of each. A recent Time piece asserted that sending a kid to private school could actually save you $53,000 if you opted for a less expensive...
Texts show Bottoms and Atlanta schools negotiating Gulch incentives

Texts show Bottoms and Atlanta schools negotiating Gulch incentives

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ office has said for weeks a plan to end a development incentive for parts of Atlanta’s Eastside was about plugging a budget hole, dodging questions about whether the plan was tied to other initiatives, including an effort to provide taxpayer dollars to redevelop downtown’s Gulch. But text messages and emails obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
Metro Atlanta teachers can get free school supplies from Kroger

Metro Atlanta teachers can get free school supplies from Kroger

Teachers stocking up for the upcoming school year are getting a little extra help from Kroger. The grocery chain is offering free bags of school supplies to metro Atlanta teachers for two days in July. At each event, a valid teacher’s ID gets educators an empty bag that they can fill with the school supplies of their choice. READ | Metro Atlanta students appointed to U.S. military academies...
As property values rise, APS officials to recommend dropping tax rate

As property values rise, APS officials to recommend dropping tax rate

Atlanta Public Schools probably will drop the school property tax rate because the district now expects an even bigger increase in property values on which it collects taxes.  Many Fulton County homeowners have seen big property value hikes this year after values were frozen last year at 2016 levels, and the jump means they’re bracing for tax bills to go up, too.  That’s prompted...
Atlanta college getting accounting help amid staff vacancies

Atlanta college getting accounting help amid staff vacancies

Atlanta Metropolitan State College has been getting assistance in recent months from the University System of Georgia and another college to help manage its financial paperwork, officials told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A report last year by the state’s Department of Audits and Accounts found numerous problems, such as the inability to provide financial records for how it collected...
You can now rep Kennesaw State with a sticker emoji

You can now rep Kennesaw State with a sticker emoji

Some people thought the simple ��emoji was not enough to express Kennesaw State University pride. And now there are some free and not-free sticker emojis available to Owl Nation. KSU announced on Tuesday that it partnered with the Ree Sticker app to create downloadable emojis. In the miniature keyboard art, Scrappy can be seen doing sports. He does things like volleyball (&ldquo...
Georgia teacher says HOPE, pre-k program helped her reach new heights

Georgia teacher says HOPE, pre-k program helped her reach new heights

Georgia high school social studies teacher Lindsay McMichael is a vocal proponent of the state’s HOPE Scholarship and pre-kindergarten programs for a good reason. She participated in both as a 4-year-old growing up in Columbus and as a student at the University of Georgia. McMichael was one of the speakers at a ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the programs. The Atlanta...
DeKalb to debut early learning center for 3-year-old students

DeKalb to debut early learning center for 3-year-old students

Addressing continuing issues with student outcomes, the DeKalb County School District has set its sights on younger students to better prepare them for the educational environment. The district’s first Early Learning Academy will open in August, in time for the 2018-2019 school year. The district will be accepting members of the public for a tour of the former Terry Mill Elementary School, at...
Gwinnett businesses offer teacher training, development

Gwinnett businesses offer teacher training, development

While school’s out for students, many teachers take advantage of opportunities for training and development such as Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Back to Industry Day earlier this month. Nearly 150 career and technical education teachers visited local businesses to learn industry trends, day-to-day work life and best practices, to gain insight into an ever-evolving job market. GCPS has...
Atlanta school board members to discuss budget Friday 

Atlanta school board members to discuss budget Friday 

The Atlanta school board’s budget commission will meet Friday, a preliminary session before the board votes on a millage rate.  Some homeowners who pay property taxes to Atlanta Public Schools have been calling for relief amid soaring Fulton County property assessments that have, in many cases, led to much higher school tax estimates.  Friday’s budget commission meeting...
Kennesaw State gets $1M grant for Hispanic, black STEM students

Kennesaw State gets $1M grant for Hispanic, black STEM students

For the next five years, Kennesaw State University will have $200,000 more a year to make make black and Hispanic nerds more successful. The Maryland-based Howard Hughes Medical Institute announced Wednesday it has given KSU a $1 million grant for those STEM — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — students. It was one of the 33 institutions chosen...
Deal thankful his skepticism about Georgia Lottery scholarship plan ‘was proven wrong’

Deal thankful his skepticism about Georgia Lottery scholarship plan ‘was proven wrong’

It’s not often that an elected official concedes he was wrong, but Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal did so Wednesday, getting emotional as he spoke about the benefits of the HOPE Scholarship at a ceremony at the state Capitol. Deal, was a state senator in the early 1990s during the discussion of a plan to create a lottery that would help fund scholarships for students to attend college in Georgia. Deal...
Emory University honors student who died for friends in 2016 terror attack 

Emory University honors student who died for friends in 2016 terror attack 

During this year’s BBA commencement on May 12, Emory University paid tribute to a student killed in the 2016 Bangladesh terror attack, renaming the school’s core values award in his honor. » RELATED: 2 Emory students killed in Bangladesh terrorist attack Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain was killed in the militant attack at the Holey Artisan restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh...
Part of Kennesaw State without water after main break

Part of Kennesaw State without water after main break

A water main break on the Kennesaw State University campus means no water for some students all day as the temperature is estimated to hit 91 degrees. The school’s emergency management department tweeted that an eight-inch water line broken on Campus Loop Road at a curve in the road. READ | 2 Kennesaw State players need to prep for cold winters after MLB draft  Repairs are expected...
Controversial DeKalb German teacher reassigned

Controversial DeKalb German teacher reassigned

Uwe Neuhaus, the Chamblee Charter High School German teacher removed from his classroom this spring after students complained about a racy assignment, has been reassigned to another position in the school system. Parents and teachers took to social media starting Tuesday night to decry the move. According to posts, he’s been reassigned to the International Welcome Center for a job in student...
Volunteers are giving this Atlanta middle school library a facelift

Volunteers are giving this Atlanta middle school library a facelift

A southwest Atlanta middle school library is undergoing a transformation, to be completed at the hands of dozens of volunteers. The project to update the Crawford W. Long Middle School space is part of biopharmaceutical company AbbVie’s fifth annual Week of Possibilities, a global volunteering program that addresses challenges facing the underserved, a press release said...
School principals condemns family separation at border

School principals condemns family separation at border

The National Association of Secondary School Principals, an organization of principals and other U.S. school leaders has come out strongly against the immigration policy of separating children from parents. Director JoAnn Bartoletti strongly condemned the Trump administration border policy. “School leaders recognize the faces of traumatized children. We sit with them as they relive painful experiences...
APS employees to follow new social media policy for online posts

APS employees to follow new social media policy for online posts

A new social media policy provides rules on how Atlanta Public Schools employees and others should act online. The policy, approved unanimously by the Atlanta Board of Education earlier this month, warns employees that “any social media post, even from an employee’s personal, non-district account, may be interpreted as being made on behalf of the district.”  The new rules pertain...
Georgia to mark 25 years of lottery, HOPE grants

Georgia to mark 25 years of lottery, HOPE grants

State leaders are scheduled Wednesday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of the most important decisions by voters and government in recent history: the start of the Georgia Lottery, which funds the HOPE Scholarship and its pre-kindergarten program. Lottery officials have planned an event at the state Capitol featuring Gov. Nathan Deal, who worked with state lawmakers in 2011 to revamp...
DeKalb pays teachers less in replacement for former annuity

DeKalb pays teachers less in replacement for former annuity

As a battle waged in court in 2015 over a suspended retirement contribution to some DeKalb County School District employees, then-Superintendent Michael Thurmond made an announcement that seemed to suggest the district would “re-establish” the discontinued benefit. Instead, after his departure, the district set up a new plan, driven by an employee contribution, that provides significantly...
Metro Atlanta students get scholarship help

Metro Atlanta students get scholarship help

Comcast NBCUniversal awarded nearly $60,000 in scholarships to 54 metro Atlanta students as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. Each student will receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship to high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills. “I am very proud of these bright, focused and inspirational young people who represent...
‘I’m kind of flirtatious:’ Fulton teacher resigns after investigation

‘I’m kind of flirtatious:’ Fulton teacher resigns after investigation

A science teacher at a Johns Creek high school resigned after a school district investigation into claims that he made several inappropriate comments — some sexual — to students, according to Channel 2 Action News. Matthew Odom abruptly left his post at Chattahoochee High School weeks before the end of the school year last month. He was hired in August 2016 after working as a substitute...
Fundraising campaign begins for Zell Miller Foundation

Fundraising campaign begins for Zell Miller Foundation

Current and former HOPE Scholarship recipients are being encouraged to give $25 to an organization named after the man who started the scholarship a quarter-century ago. The Miller Leadership Academy Class of 2018 on Monday launched a fundraising campaign for the Zell Miller Foundation in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the start of the Georgia Lottery, which funds the HOPE Scholarship...
Fulton County among Pupil Transportation Safety Award winners

Fulton County among Pupil Transportation Safety Award winners

Fulton County Schools was among the winners of the inaugural Pupil Transportation Safety Awards, which recognize school districts for going above and beyond for school bus safety. “Nothing is more important than the safety of our children, and making sure they can travel safely and arrive at school ready to learn,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said in a press release...
Ga. Senate committee studying Atlanta’s Emory, CDC annexation

Ga. Senate committee studying Atlanta’s Emory, CDC annexation

State legislators hope to end discord between the DeKalb County School District and Atlanta Public Schools over Atlanta’s annexation plans for Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control. The Senate Study Committee on the Financial Impact of Atlanta Annexation on Schools held its first meeting Thursday. Sen. Emanuel Jones, D-Decatur, said several potential remedies were discussed to...
As assessments soar, taxpayers hope for relief from Atlanta Public Schools

As assessments soar, taxpayers hope for relief from Atlanta Public Schools

Some sticker-shocked homeowners are calling for tax relief after seeing their estimated Atlanta Public Schools taxes on the heels of Fulton County property value hikes. Last year, Fulton County froze residential property values at 2016 levels after complaints about big bumps. This year, property values assessed have gone up significantly to reflect what officials have said are accurate levels...
Former Savannah St. chief violated harassment policy, report finds

Former Savannah St. chief violated harassment policy, report finds

The conduct of Savannah State University’s former police chief with three female officers violated the school’s sexual harassment policy, according to a state investigative reports released Thursday. The officers said they feared retaliation if they told others about his conduct, the reports say. The most serious allegation was that then-chief, James Barnwell, twice had forcible oral sex...
Georgia gets mixed grades for college grad rates of black, Latino students

Georgia gets mixed grades for college grad rates of black, Latino students

Georgia received mixed grades from an organization for its efforts to help African-American and Latino students earn college degrees. The Education Trust released a report Thursday that found African-American and Latino adults are less likely to hold a college degree today than white adults were in 1990. While about 47 percent of white adults nationwide have earned some form of college degree...
Gwinnett County Transit adds Georgia Gwinnett College to bus routes

Gwinnett County Transit adds Georgia Gwinnett College to bus routes

You now have a new way to get to and from Georgia Gwinnett College. Gwinnett County Transit buses now include the Lawrenceville campus on a regular bus route, the school said in a Facebook post. Georgia Gwinnett College is part of route 45, which also includes Gwinnett Medical Resource Center and Sugarloaf Mills.  MORE | Gwinnett County Transit buses now have free Wi-Fi on board The route...
Hold my beer: This Georgia university was ranked No. 2 party school in the country

Hold my beer: This Georgia university was ranked No. 2 party school in the country

Once upon a time, the University of Georgia dominated the Princeton Review’s top party schools list, only to drop in rank the following years. But this year, the Dawgs are (almost) back on top. » RELATED: What's the best college in Georgia? Depends who you ask Review and ranking site Niche.com, known for analyzing the nation’s safest cities or best schools, ...
Fulton County teachers in line for raises

Fulton County teachers in line for raises

Fulton County public school teachers may soon see more money in their paychecks. School district board members Tuesday evening tentatively approved a $1 billion general fund budget for the upcoming school year. The entire budget, which includes money for construction projects in its capital budget, is about $1.7 billion. Fulton’s plan increases spending by 3.6 percent, officials said. The budget...
Parents say Chamblee High principal leading through bully tactics

Parents say Chamblee High principal leading through bully tactics

Uwe Neuhaus gave his Chamblee Charter High School students assignments where they were supposed to act out racy skits with a partner. The teacher was placed on leave as the district investigated the assignment, but has since returned. Parents banded together to save his job. In that process, the floodgates opened on allegations that new Chamblee Principal Rebecca Braaten rules with an iron fist, using...
Fulton superintendent: New building for North Springs Charter High School

Fulton superintendent: New building for North Springs Charter High School

Fulton County Schools superintendent announced a plan Tuesday to build a new North Springs Charter High School instead of renovating the 55-year-old school in Sandy Springs.  The district previously planned a $19 million addition and renovation of the 1963 building to be paid for with funds from the special purpose local option sales tax approved by voters in 2016.  A citizens group has...
Best way to aid underrepresented students not so clear cut

Best way to aid underrepresented students not so clear cut

The alumni association at the high school I graduated from, let’s just say a few years ago, is urging alumni to oppose legislation it considers sacrilegious. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier this month announced a plan that would, in part, automatically offer enrollment to the top students in each public middle school in the city’s eight specialized high schools. Hizzoner&rsquo...
JUST IN: Kennesaw State University has new president

JUST IN: Kennesaw State University has new president

Georgia’s Board of Regents voted unanimously Tuesday appoint Pamela Whitten the new president of Kennesaw State University. Whitten had been provost and senior vice president of academic affairs of the University of Georgia since 2014. She will start her new position on July 16. Her salary will be negotiated with University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley, who congratulated Whitten...
Rapper Killer Mike to host free haircut events for Atlanta students

Rapper Killer Mike to host free haircut events for Atlanta students

Killer Mike is making sure Atlanta kids kill the haircut game. The Atlanta rapper is helping kids in the community get ready for the new school year with a series of free haircut events. Fresh cuts will be given at the rapper’s S.W.A.G. Shop locations at 365 Edgewood Ave. and 3461 Roosevelt Highway. The event is open to all children ages 5-17. MORE: Killer Mike, Zac Brown to bring star...
Atlanta ‘die-in’ gun-law protest canceled due to weather

Atlanta ‘die-in’ gun-law protest canceled due to weather

An Atlanta group that planned to stage a “die-in” Tuesday to call for gun-law changes announced on social media it cancelled the event because of weather.  The protest, organized by the group that conducted Atlanta’s March for Our Lives, was to have taken place at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Liberty Plaza in downtown Atlanta.  The group announced on various social...
Board to vote Tuesday on Kennesaw State presidential finalist

Board to vote Tuesday on Kennesaw State presidential finalist

Pamela Whitten could be president of Kennesaw State University as soon as Tuesday. The Georgia Board of Regents has scheduled a meeting Tuesday morning to vote on whether to make Whitten, the University of Georgia’s provost, KSU’s president. The board announced last Tuesday that Whitten is the finalist for the KSU position. Veteran KSU faculty member and administrator Ken Harmon has been...
DeKalb school budget rises faster than student performance

DeKalb school budget rises faster than student performance

Five years ago, DeKalb County School District officials approved a $760 million operating budget to continue recovery efforts for a system decimated by The Great Recession and mismanagement that left $14 million in debt. Efforts to decentralize operations and give schools more localized support have translated to $320 million more to be spent for the 2018-2019 school year and dozens more administrative...
Judge dismisses campus speech lawsuit against Georgia college

Judge dismisses campus speech lawsuit against Georgia college

A federal court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by two students against Georgia Gwinnett College, saying the school has resolved the main issues that sparked the legal challenge. Chike Uzuegbunam filed the lawsuit against the college in December 2016 in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, arguing his free speech rights were violated. Uzuegbunam said a college official told him he couldn&rsquo...
Does DeKalb Schools need $1.1B to operate?

Does DeKalb Schools need $1.1B to operate?

Five years ago, DeKalb County School District officials approved a $760 million operating budget to continue recovery efforts for a system decimated by The Great Recession and mismanagement that left $14 million in debt.  This morning, the district will hold several public hearings — including one about the coming year's budget and two for a proposed tax increase — as it seeks to...
To narrow academic gaps, APS tries to make summer school cool

To narrow academic gaps, APS tries to make summer school cool

In an Atlanta classroom, kids clustered around a table trying to keep little boats they built from sinking. Down the hall, another group worked on computers. Minutes later, about a dozen students raced “puff-mobile” vehicles across a polished floor using only lung power to move the handmade, kid-engineered contraptions. “It’s like learning, but they’re making it fun,&rdquo...
Valedictorian talked about sexual misconduct at graduation and her mic was cut

Valedictorian talked about sexual misconduct at graduation and her mic was cut

Lulabel Seitz had done everything right, at least on paper. As a high school senior with GPA over 4.0, she had been accepted to Stanford University, one of the most prestigious colleges on the West Coast. The first in her family to graduate from high school, she was named valedictorian at Petaluma High School, an honor that was joined by an opportunity for her to give a commencement speech. »...
Why do so many students drop out of college? And what can be done about it?

Why do so many students drop out of college? And what can be done about it?

More than 3 million students will graduate from U.S. high schools this month, and two-thirds of them will head off to college next fall. If history is any guide, for many of them, their high school graduation might be their last commencement ceremony. » RELATED: Valedictorian talked about sexual misconduct at graduation and her mic was cut Fewer than 40 percent of students enrolling for...
Top Georgia universities seek more rural students

Top Georgia universities seek more rural students

Ava Thrasher will defy the statistics when she steps on the Georgia Tech campus this fall as a freshman. The 17-year-old is smart and ambitious. But she’s from Gilmer County, a rural part of the state whose students are underrepresented at some of Georgia’s most prominent colleges and universities. About 18 percent of Georgia’s public school students attend school in what Georgia...
KSU candidate wants to improve grad rates, opportunities for students

KSU candidate wants to improve grad rates, opportunities for students

Pamela Whitten made her case in person Friday to students, staff and faculty about why she should be Kennesaw State University’s next president and noted some initial goals if she gets the job. Whitten, named Tuesday by the state’s Board of Regents as the sole finalist for the position, visited both campuses, in Kennesaw and Marietta, where she answered written questions at standing room-only...
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