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Metro Atlanta heads back to school this week

Metro Atlanta heads back to school this week

ATLANTA -- Although four Georgia mountain counties found themselves with an extra day of winter break due to weather, most of metro Atlanta began heading back to school Tuesday.

Cherokee, Gwinnett and Henry counties resumed classes on Jan. 3.

US Rep. Wilson says she'll offer anti-hazing bill

US Rep. Wilson says she'll offer anti-hazing bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson says she
plans to introduce a federal anti-hazing bill as soon as Congress
returns from its holiday break next month.

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The Miami Democrat says her proposal is designed to ensure no
one endures a beating like one leading to the death of Florida A&M
drum major Robert Champion last month. She announced her plans
Tuesday.

Police say Champion was punched and paddled in a hazing ritual
during the school's Marching 100 band trip to the annual Florida
Classic in Orlando.

Wilson says hazing is demeaning, dangerous and deadly and needs
to be stopped.

Probation officers walk hallways in DeKalb schools

Probation officers walk hallways in DeKalb schools

DECATUR, Ga. -- Public schools in DeKalb County are allowing probation officers into the schools and giving them office space in some cases so they can monitor students who have been in trouble with the law.

According to reports about 15 probation officers visit the county's middle and high school an average of three days a week.  

They monitor 386 students who have been to juvenile court for everything from minor violations such as truancy to serious crimes such as assault, burglary or possession of illegal drugs.

Sutton Peagler, DeKalb County's chief juvenile court judge, says the goal is to monitor compliance of students with court orders and make sure they stay in school.

The Journal-Constitution reports that more than one-third of Georgia's school systems have school-based probation programs.

Georgia 9th graders will have to choose career paths

Georgia 9th graders will have to choose career paths

ATLANTA -- Here's a question: Did you know what career you wanted to pursure in night grade?

Next fall, all high school freshman in Georgia public schools will have to determine a career path and take classes tailored to that goal.

"The governor signed house bill 187 into law this past session, which mandates that we have career pathways for all students beginning in the fall of 2012," said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. "It's a national model. Many states are already using career clusters and career pathways."

There are 17 careers clusters and each one has a core of subjects students must take. The process is similar to working on a major in college. Students will have the opportunity to switch career pathways throughout their time in high school.

Atlanta Hawks to award $10,000 to Dekalb Alternative School

Atlanta Hawks to award $10,000 to Dekalb Alternative School

Dekalb - Today at 2:30pm, Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams will be visiting the Dekalb Alternative School  to award them with a $10,000 check that they will use for a school makeover and an Atlanta Hawks Reading Zone.  The Reading Zone will become a space inside the school for students to learn while experiencing the joy of reading.

Nominations for the Reading Zone were accepted between August 2 and September 9, 2011 from organizations within 50 miles of Philips Arena that serve youth under the age of 18.

FAMU president reprimanded by Board of Trustees

FAMU president reprimanded by Board of Trustees

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Florida A&M University's Board of Trustees has voted to reprimand the school's president following the death of a band member in what detectives say was an incident related to hazing.

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Thursday's vote in Orlando was 8-4.

The reprimand came in place of a motion to put FAMU President James Ammons on administrative leave until the criminal investigation into drum major Robert Champion's death is done. Detectives are probing the role of hazing in the Nov. 19 death.

FAMU trustees to discuss hazing

FAMU trustees to discuss hazing

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Hazing is on the agenda of a meeting of Florida A&M University trustees.

The trustees begin a two-day meeting in Orlando on Wednesday.

The meeting is starting off with a session addressing hazing following the death of FAMU band member Robert Champion.

RELATED: FAMU officials, band held anti-hazing meeting days before Champion's death

Champion, a DeKalb County native, died Nov. 19 aboard a band bus following a football game against rival Bethune Cookman.

Detectives are investigating the role of hazing in Champion's death.