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Newest offering at Gwinnett mall: diplomas

Newest offering at Gwinnett mall: diplomas

Instead of ditching school to hang out at the mall, some Gwinnett County students will be attending class at the mall. A new campus of Phoenix High School, a non-traditional learning site, opens Monday at Sugarloaf Mills.
Breaking: Clark Atlanta University president to resign in December

Breaking: Clark Atlanta University president to resign in December

Clark Atlanta University President Ronald A. Johnson is resigning in December for personal reasons, he wrote in a letter Friday, after leading the university for more than three years. “I make this decision for personal reasons and I advised our Board of Trustees of my intentions today,” Johnson wrote.
Official: $1B Mega Millions jackpot will impact education payouts

Official: $1B Mega Millions jackpot will impact education payouts

A big lottery jackpot also means a bigger payout for education.  Georgia Lottery officials said Friday’s $1 billion jackpot — the first of its kind for Mega Millions — is a big deal toward surpassing the $1.1 billion the Georgia Lottery contributed toward education during the last fiscal year, which ended June 30.
Savannah State planning cuts as tuition and revenue declines

Savannah State planning cuts as tuition and revenue declines

Savannah State University administrators are considering budget cuts to deal with recent enrollment and revenue declines. University President Cheryl Dozier said in a recent letter to faculty and staff that enrollment has declined two consecutive years, which has resulted in a reduction in funding this fiscal year.
Fulton County, Atlanta tax proposals would bring relief, consequences

Fulton County, Atlanta tax proposals would bring relief, consequences

A bevy of proposals on the ballot next month would bring tax relief to Atlanta and Fulton County residents, but could also exacerbate financial inequities and punch holes in city and school district budgets. If approved by voters on Nov.
Investigators probe DeKalb teacher’s relationships with other students

Investigators probe DeKalb teacher’s relationships with other students

Investigators are looking at whether a DeKalb teacher, found dead after being accused of having a sexual relationship with one of his students, had been inappropriate with  other students.  Zachary Meadors, 28, of Lawrenceville, was found dead Wednesday in a vehicle in the 1200 block of Scenic Highway in Gwinnett County late Wednesday afternoon.
Kennesaw State, student group settle campus speech lawsuit

Kennesaw State, student group settle campus speech lawsuit

A Kennesaw State University student organization agreed Wednesday to a settlement ending a lawsuit  it filed earlier this year that claimed officials intentionally restricted where and when the group could speak on campus.
Atlanta entrepreneurial college students can compete for $25K cash

Atlanta entrepreneurial college students can compete for $25K cash

Atlanta college students may apply to compete for a hefty prize, including services to help build their business. The Atlanta chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a global business network, is calling for local entries in the first round of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards. The student entrepreneurs will present their business to judges on Nov.
Ga. colleges: Affordability a growing problem for low-income students

Ga. colleges: Affordability a growing problem for low-income students

A group of education reporters and editors recently created a website to track how much money students from different income brackets are paying to attend college. One immediate takeaway from the folks who created the free site, called TuitionTracker.org: Students from lower-income families are paying more for college than they were a few years ago.
3 finalists named for Atlanta teaching award

3 finalists named for Atlanta teaching award

Atlanta Public Schools announced three teachers who are finalists for the district’s new Excellence in Teaching award. The winner will be decided by a panel interview and classroom observation and announced Nov. 7. That person will then be in the running for the 2020 Georgia Teacher of the Year honor.
Non-traditional school opens in Sugarloaf Mills mall

Non-traditional school opens in Sugarloaf Mills mall

If your idea of students at the mall looks like a video for ’80s teen pop icon Tiffany, the new high school going into Sugarloaf Mills will change your thinking. Phoenix High School at Sugarloaf Mills is a partnership between Gwinnett County Public Schools and Simon Youth Foundation, a division of Simon Property Group, owner of the mall. The new facility set to open Monday, Oct.
Gwinnett school board candidates face off in forum

Gwinnett school board candidates face off in forum

The four newcomers vying for two Gwinnett County board of education seats  were like-minded on most issues during the only candidate forum dedicated to those races. But when they differed, the crowd of about 100 voiced their concerns. Not surprisingly, sex education, testing, arming teachers and student discipline elicited the strongest audience reaction.
Cobb ACT test scores top state, national averages

Cobb ACT test scores top state, national averages

Cobb County students’ composite ACT scores for 2018 were above the state and national averages. The ACT is a multiple choice test across a range of subjects. The test scores are used by many universities and colleges in making choices about admitting students. Cobb’s students scored an average composite ACT score of 22.8 out of a maximum possible 36 points. The Georgia average was 21.
Fulton schools outscore state and nation on college entrance exam

Fulton schools outscore state and nation on college entrance exam

Fulton County Schools outperformed the state and nation on the ACT test. The composite score for Fulton students was 23.7, which is down slightly from last year’s 23.8. The ACT is an multiple-choice entrance exam across multiple subjects used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. Fulton’s 2018 score of 23.
Latest ACT scores show Georgia holding onto lead over nation

Latest ACT scores show Georgia holding onto lead over nation

For the third year in a row, Georgia students who took the ACT test outperformed their peers nationally. The ACT is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test across core subjects which can be used to measure a student's mastery of subjects. Most colleges and universities consider test results, among other indicators, when selecting students for admission or scholarships.
DeKalb teacher accused of having sex with middle-school student

DeKalb teacher accused of having sex with middle-school student

Police are looking for a DeKalb County School District teacher accused of having sex with a middle-school student. His parents filed a missing persons report with Gwinnett County police after Zachary Meadors left letters and an iPad at his parents front door.
APS on mayor’s new Gulch plan:  District has been ‘more than reasonable’

APS on mayor’s new Gulch plan:  District has been ‘more than reasonable’

Atlanta Public Schools responded today to pointed words from Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who indicated the city revised a public funding proposal for the downtown Gulch development because of the school system. The city announced this morning it had negotiated an amended funding proposal for the development by CIM Group.
GBI seeks to compile, analyze school-threat data

GBI seeks to compile, analyze school-threat data

Although Georgia school districts have ways to let students or others report suspicious activity or possible threats, there is no central repository for that information. The GBI wants to change that. It wants to become a clearinghouse for data on threats as well as actual incidents of violence.
Cobb high school hosting Southern band championship

Cobb high school hosting Southern band championship

If you hear the sound of marching and music later this month, it may not be a spooky ghost band haunting your neighborhood. That’s because McEachern High School is hosting Music for All’s Bands of America Powder Springs Regional Championship. The 17-syllable name is for an Oct.
Shift aims to make school lunch better for students, local farmers

Shift aims to make school lunch better for students, local farmers

If parents join their children at lunchtime during National School Lunch week (Oct. 15 - 19), they may notice the days of ‘mystery meat’ and the never-ending vat of creamed corn are gone. Today’s school nutrition programs take into consideration changing palates, nutritional and budgetary guidelines and food trends.
5 things to know about Georgia’s back-to-school start-date debate

5 things to know about Georgia’s back-to-school start-date debate

The weather is only just turning crisp in metro Atlanta, but by now many students have been in school for 2½ months.  As the leaves change and the days cool, a group of state senators already is thinking about summer break — and whether it’s too short.  A Senate study committee created to review the school calendar met this past week for the first time.
Trend of fewer black male doctors has broader public health impact

Trend of fewer black male doctors has broader public health impact

Aaron Doctor, a bright and ambitious young African-American man, grew up in a black community in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, but he was 21 years old the first time he met a black doctor, a man whose wife was also a physician. “I didn’t think black people could be doctors,” said Doctor, 29.
Mom learns getting out of homelessness can be yearlong climb

Mom learns getting out of homelessness can be yearlong climb

When Jacopa Johnson began her first day on the job last month, she thought in no time, she and her family would be moving from cramped quarters at her father-in-law’s house in Macon to their own residence in Henry County. What she didn’t realize is that she wouldn’t have money coming in for nearly a month.
DeKalb Schools: All classes are operating on normal schedule

DeKalb Schools: All classes are operating on normal schedule

It’s business as usual for DeKalb County School District, which announced just atfer 7 a.m. that classes and administrative offices would be open on time Thursday morning. The news came just before school was set to begin, and as Michael headed out of Georgia after killing at least one person and leaving more than 300,000 without power.
Metro schools open, on regular schedules Thursday

Metro schools open, on regular schedules Thursday

Metro Atlanta schools are operating on regular schedules after Tropical Storm Michael passed through Wednesday night, bringing rain and some wind. The southern school districts were closest to the path of the storm’s center. They are not reporting problems.. Fulton, Clayton, Fayette and Henry counties were not in the path of those counties covered by Gov.
More than 20 Georgia college campuses closing in preparation of Hurricane Michael

More than 20 Georgia college campuses closing in preparation of Hurricane Michael

More than 20 Georgia college and university campuses are closing and another one is extending its fall break due to potential damage from Hurricane Michael. The University of Georgia announced late Wednesday it will delay opening its Athens campus until 10 a.m. Thursday. Classes will begin at 11 a.m. Here’s the list of closures as of 7 p.m.
DeKalb Schools monitoring as Hurricane Michael nears landfall

DeKalb Schools monitoring as Hurricane Michael nears landfall

DeKalb County School District officials say they are watching weather forecasts closely as Hurricane Michael closes in on the Florida Panhandle coast. The storm is expected to make landfall this afternoon.
Here’s what’s closed in Georgia ahead of Hurricane Michael

Here’s what’s closed in Georgia ahead of Hurricane Michael

As Hurricane Michael continues to barrel towards Florida’s panhandle and south Georgia, some businesses, schools and services are closing their doors and canceling events. Michael was upgraded to a Category 4 storm Wednesday morning. It is expected to strengthen before making landfall near Panama City Beach between noon and 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to Channel 2 Action News.
Senate weighs tourism industry and local control of school calendars

Senate weighs tourism industry and local control of school calendars

When Steve Gooch was a kid growing up on a poultry farm, he got the whole summer off from school, but over the intervening decades he’s watched the start dates “creep back.” As the majority whip of the state senate, Sen. Gooch, R-Dahlonega, can ask why school starts well before Labor Day.
Metro Atlanta schools keeping eye on Hurricane Michael

Metro Atlanta schools keeping eye on Hurricane Michael

North Georgia schools are monitoring the progress of Hurricane Michael but making no plans to close so far. Metro Atlanta Schools, from Clayton to  Fulton County, are outside the the state of emergency zone declared by Gov. Nathan Deal.
Roswell to use $89K grant for after-school programs

Roswell to use $89K grant for after-school programs

A grant awarded to Roswell will help provide after-school programs for local students at four area elementary schools. Roswell announced in a press release last week that it received an $89,709 grant from AmeriCorps to support these efforts. The city’s goal is to increase elementary literacy and to provide additional education in math, science, technology, health and wellness.
Ga Regents reviews $53.8 million renovation plan for UGA’s Brumby Hall

Ga Regents reviews $53.8 million renovation plan for UGA’s Brumby Hall

The Georgia Board of Regents on Tuesday reviewed the University of Georgia’s $53.8 million plan to renovate one of its oldest dorms, Brumby Hall. The plans consist of updating all living and bathroom spaces, as well as addressing federal Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, said Greg Trevor, the university’s spokesman.
With hymns and prayers, ex-APS educator reports for prison in cheating scandal

With hymns and prayers, ex-APS educator reports for prison in cheating scandal

After phony test scores and cover-ups, convictions and failed appeals, one chapter of the decade-long Atlanta Public Schools cheating saga ended with a hymn and prayers. Two former Atlanta educators turned themselves in to authorities Tuesday, becoming the first to report for prison for their parts in a district-wide conspiracy that ruined reputations and wrecked some students’ education.
Cardiac arrest, head injury killed Pike County football player

Cardiac arrest, head injury killed Pike County football player

Pike County High School football player Dylan Thomas’ official cause of death is cardiac arrest due to a traumatic brain injury from a hit deemed “an anomaly,” Pike County’s coroner said Tuesday. Dylan, a junior inside linebacker, died Sept. 30 after collapsing suddenly during a football game against Peach County High School in Zebulon two days earlier.
AJC Sepia Poll: Who has the best HBCU Homecoming?

AJC Sepia Poll: Who has the best HBCU Homecoming?

Football season is half over. Which is a good thing at HBCUs.  That means that Homecoming season has arrived.  The annual festival of colors, tailgates, fly outfits, Greeks and step shows.  Where in some cases, how the band did at halftime is more important than the actual football game.
Mailchimp invests $300,000 to start digital academy at Clayton State

Mailchimp invests $300,000 to start digital academy at Clayton State

Mailchimp, the widely-used online marketing company which has increased its presence in metro Atlanta in recent years, is investing $300,000 to create an academy at Clayton State University to prepare students for careers in the digital world, the university announced Tuesday morning.
Georgia Tech erred in awarding Coke no-bid contract, university says

Georgia Tech erred in awarding Coke no-bid contract, university says

The recent revelations that some former top officials of Georgia Tech violated its ethics guidelines have exposed another problem at the university: It’s had a no-bid agreement for some services with Coca-Cola at least a quarter-century.
Dekalb charter school to open at old Kroger site on Memorial Drive

Dekalb charter school to open at old Kroger site on Memorial Drive

A new Dekalb County charter school plans to open its doors next year at the site of the former Kroger located at the intersection of North Hairston Road and Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain.  The Community Academy for Architecture and Design, a project-based design school, is expected to open its doors fall 2019, the school announced on its website.
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