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DeKalb Cooperative Extension Helps Veterans

DeKalb Cooperative Extension Helps Veterans

 

DECATUR – DeKalb County Cooperative Extension recently worked in collaboration with the DeKalb County Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program, Master Gardener Extension volunteers, and 4-H clubs at local schools to collect hygiene products for veterans in need.

 

Clayton State professor to perform at WordFeast

Clayton State professor to perform at WordFeast

ATLANTA -- One of Clayton State University's most notable professors will use his gift of words to enhance WordFeast, a production benefiting Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Phillip DePoy, a Decatur-based novelist and playwright, as well as director of Clayton State Theatre, will perform at WordFeast at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 at Fabrefaction Theatre Company.

MORE: DePoy to hold book signing at Peachtree City Library on Dec. 4

Hosted by Rob Cleveland, WordFeast will include works and performances by a variety of talented local writers. Admission is $15 or 15 cans of food for the shelves of Atlanta Community Food Bank.

"This is a worthwhile event that benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank at Christmas, and I'm very glad to be donating my time to the cause," DePoy said.

SACS: DeKalb County schools to remain accredited

SACS: DeKalb County schools to remain accredited

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - The DeKalb County school district is keeping its accreditation.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced Tuesday that the district will remain "accredited on advisement." That means the nearly 100,000-student district is accredited but will be watched closely by SACS to ensure progress is being made.

The district had until last month to shape up or lose accreditation with the metro Atlanta-based SACS. Agency President and CEO Mark Elgart said DeKalb County has "demonstrated significant work" on issues ranging from an ineffective school board to instability in the superintendent's office.

SACS will visit the district again in March.

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Revenue stamped its approval on $50 million in donations under the Georgia Scholarship Tax Credit Program.

The program lets people and businesses get tax credit for donations to scholarships for Georgia children to attend private schools.

Fifty million dollars is the most allowed under the program. In 2012, the statewide cap on donations will increase by the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index until 2018.

Individuals can donate up to $1,000, while married couples have a donation cap of $2,500. Corporations can donate up to 75 percent of their state income tax liability.

The American Federation for Children estimated more than 6,000 students last year got scholarships to attend private schools through the program.

Atlanta Teens Travel to Freedom Awards Gala in Memphis to Honor Mentor

Atlanta Teens Travel to Freedom Awards Gala in Memphis to Honor Mentor

ATLANTA -- A trip to Memphis this Saturday (November 12, 2011) for the Freedom Awards Gala at the Canon Center in Memphis--sponsored by the National Civil Right Museum--is a dream-come-true for 18 youths and 12 adult mentors from Atlanta.  The group will attend a Gala honoring their 87 year old mentor—Dr. C.T. Vivian, Civil Rights icon and a close friend and lieutenant of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., as well as others from the American Civil Rights Movement.  

New program aims to raise Ga. college graduation rates

New program aims to raise Ga. college graduation rates

ATLANTA -- The state Board of Regents has approved a plan to increase the number of students who finish college.

The board approved the "Complete College Georgia" initiative during a meeting Wednesday to address statistics showing that 42 percent of adults in the state have some kind of education past high school.

The plan calls for more cooperation between the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia. It also will focus on helping Georgia's public schools produce more college-ready graduates.

The plan must also be approved by the Technical College System of Georgia before it is presented to the governor's office. It is part of a $1 million grant Georgia received in August from the Complete College America Foundation.

Groups to ask Ga. Regents to reverse policy

Groups to ask Ga. Regents to reverse policy

ATLANTA -- Opponents of a policy that effectively bans illegal immigrants from Georgia's most competitive state colleges and universities are asking the university system to overturn it.

Two young people addressed a committee of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia Tuesday. They argued that the policy unfairly excludes a whole group of students and is not well-founded.

Last year, the board adopted the policy amid public concerns about illegal immigrants in the university system. It bars any state college or university from admitting illegal immigrants if it has turned away academically qualified applicants in the prior two years. That includes five schools.

A coalition of groups opposing the policy also held a news conference Tuesday afternoon outside the Capitol to urge the Regents to rescind the policy.