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Braves, Publix to award 6 scholarships to Ga. seniors

Braves, Publix to award 6 scholarships to Ga. seniors

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves and Publix have teamed up for the 13th year in a row to offer scholarship money to high school seniors throughout Georgia.

Six $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to students who have maintained good grades and strong community involvement throughout their four years of high school.

In order to qualify, a student must be a graduating senior with a minimum 3.2 GPA, and must have plans to attend an accredited college or university in the fall of 2012.

For more information or to apply, visit braves.com/scholarships. The deadline to apply is April 21. All applicants will receive a free Braves promotional item while supplies last.

Superintendent names 2012 AP Access & Support Schools

Superintendent names 2012 AP Access & Support Schools

ATLANTA -- Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge named 367 Advanced Placement Honor Schools in 2012.

Advanced Placement classes and exams are administed by the College Board and are designed to offer rigorous college-level learning options to high school students. Those who receive scores of 3, 4 or 5 on national AP exams may earn college credit.

"Georgia has much to be proud of when it comes to the success of Advanced Placement," Barge said Tuesday. "Much of this success can be attributed to the dedication to rigor and excellence at each of our AP Honor Schools."

AP Access & Support Schools are schools with at least 30 percent of AP exams taken by African-American and/or Hispanic students, and 30 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

Metro Atlanta's 2012 AP Access & Support Schools are:

Athens-Clarke County
* Cedar Shoals High

Superintendent names 2012 AP Challenge Schools

Superintendent names 2012 AP Challenge Schools

ATLANTA -- Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge named 367 Advanced Placement Honor Schools in 2012.

Advanced Placement classes and exams are administed by the College Board and are designed to offer rigorous college-level learning options to high school students. Those who receive scores of 3, 4 or 5 on national AP exams may earn college credit.

"Georgia has much to be proud of when it comes to the success of Advanced Placement," Barge said Tuesday. "Much of this success can be attributed to the dedication to rigor and excellence at each of our AP Honor Schools."

AP Challenge Schools are schools that have 900 or fewer students and offer AP courses in four of the core areas: English, math, science and social studies.

Metro Atlanta's 2012 AP Challenge Schools are:

Atlanta Public Schools
* Booker T. Washington High
* Carver School of Health Sciences
* South Atlanta School of Health and Medical Science

Poster contest to help combat human trafficking

Poster contest to help combat human trafficking

ATLANTA -- All Georgia high school students are invited to participate in a poster contest to promote a national hotline for reporting and preventing human sex trafficking.

The contest, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education, is open to students in grades nine through 12.

The posters' primary focus should be the national hotline (1-888-373-7888), presented in a creative way to grab people's attention. Judges will pick two winners -- one for an English poster and one for a Spanish poster -- from each of the state's 16 Regional Education Service Agencies.

Regional winners will receive cash prizes -- $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place. The winning posters will also be displayed in schools across the region.

Two state winners -- one in English and one in Spanish -- will each receive $250.

5 DeKalb Schools Marching Bands participate in honoring Dr. King’s legacy, Jan. 16

DeKalb County - Five DeKalb County School System high school marching bands will participate in the DeKalb NAACP’s 10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Peace Rally on Monday, Jan. 16 at 12:30 p.m. Dr.

Cheryl Atkinson and Honorable Congressman Henry “Hank” Johnson will serve as the Grand Marshals.

The parade will begin in the MARTA parking lot, on Fourth Street, in the downtown City of Stone Mountain. All participants must arrive before 11:30 a.m. The following DeKalb Schools high school bands are scheduled to participate:

  · Cedar Grove High School

  - Clarkston High School

  · Martin Luther King, Jr. High School

  - McNair High School

  · Stone Mountain  High School

 

Meet Robyn Tibbetts: Decatur, GA's 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year

Meet Robyn Tibbetts: Decatur, GA's 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year

Decatur - Decatur ED TV recently forwarded to us their last newsletter and video before they put a close to the 3 year venture.

For the past 3 years Decatur ED TV has featured teachers, events and programs that were exclusively part of the City School system of Decatur.  Their last feature is of Robyn Tibbetts from Renfroe Middle School and has been voted Decatur's Teacher of the Year.

The video can be found here: Decatur ED TV

State looking at repealing education spending law

State looking at repealing education spending law

TUCKER, Ga. -- Georgia is considering throwing out a law requiring 65 percent of state funding to be spent in public school classrooms.

A state commission tasked with overhauling how Georgia funds K-12 education voted Wednesday to draw up legislation repealing the unpopular law. The move is part of a larger effort to update the state's educational laws, known as Title 20.

The law was passed in 2006 as part of a national push to make sure schools were spending taxpayer dollars in the classroom, not the principal's office, to help boost student achievement. But state officials say the law hasn't impacted student performance and hamstrings schools.

The education finance commission began meeting in June 2011 after state lawmakers passed a bill calling for the state to study education funding.