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Isakson announces U.S. military academy appointees

Isakson announces U.S. military academy appointees

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Johnny Isakson is proud to announce that 29 Georgia students have received appointments to prestigious military academies.

"One of my favorite tasks each year is to nominate promising young leaders to our nation's military academies," Isakson said. "This was an extremely competitive year and I congratulate these appointees who will make Georgia and America proud."

Each member of Congress must nominate young people to the nation's military academies every year.

Those who are accepted are awarded full four-year scholarships that include tuition, books, board, medical and dental care.

Isakson will host a reception for the students and their families on Sunday, June 12 at the Georgian Club (100 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta).

The accepted students for 2011 include:

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2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Georgia parents have two new opportunities to begin saving for their kids' college educations.

The Path2College 529 Plan is giving significant college contributions to two lucky Georgia children through its Newborn Sweepstakes and Destination College Savings Sweepstakes.

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal is an advocate of the latter program, which she helped launch during her Read Across Georgia tour last month.

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Through the Newborn Sweepstakes, one Georgia baby born between Jan. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2011 will be awarded $5,529 toward a Path2College 529 Plan.

The Ken Ford Foundation Honored as Trailblazing 21st Century Leaders

The Ken Ford Foundation Honored as Trailblazing 21st Century Leaders

 

The DeKalb Technical College Foundation (DTCF) is kicking off its second “Investing in Dreams” Gala, on Friday, June 10, 2011 at the newly-constructed, state-of-the-art, DeKalb Technical College Conference Center, located at 495 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston, Georgia. This event is created to pay tribute to selected individuals and organizations that are making significant contributions to education and impact in their surrounding communities.

Electric Violinist Ken Ford and the six-member board of directors of The Ken Ford Foundation is one of the seven recipients of the 2011 Investing in Dreams Award.  The Foundation is being honored for its contributions to promote education and music advocacy in our communities and schools through their community projects.

Regents take action to help students transfer college credits

Regents take action to help students transfer college credits

ATLANTA -- The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) has approved a policy change designed to further enhance postsecondary completion in Georgia.

This change will allow additional courses from the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) to transfer to all of the USG's 35 degree-granting institutions.

While hundreds of courses currently transfer from TCSG colleges to individual USG schools, only credits in five TCSG core courses are transferable to all USG campuses:

* Math
* Algebra
* Pre-calculus
* English composition (two courses)

The Board's action adds five TCSG courses in American literature, psychology, economics, sociology and public speaking to that list.

"Our action is good news for Georgia's students," said Board chairman Willis Potts.

8 Local schools are vying to win a share in $100,000 in cash from Big Lots

8 Local schools are vying to win a share in $100,000 in cash from Big Lots

Lithonia, Ga --    THE POLLS ARE NOW OPEN AS BIG LOTS KICKS OFF 4th ANNUAL VIDEO CONTEST

The following eight schools are all vying for a chance to win a share of the $100,000 in cash prizes:

  • Annette Winn Elementary School – Lithia Springs
  • Columbia Elementary School – Decatur
  • Conyers Middle School – Conyers
  • Hightower Elementary School – Doraville
  • J.H. House Elementary School – Conyers
  • Middle Ridge Elementary School – Covington
  • Murphey Candler Elementary School – Lithonia
  • Turner Middle School – Lithia Springs

From June 6 through July 4, the public can vote for their favorite video entries up to three times a day by visiting www.biglots.com/lots2give.

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

ATLANTA -- State lawmakers are planning to meet next week to hammer out solutions for more than a dozen charter schools that face closing after a Georgia Supreme Court ruled the state commission that created them is unconstitutional.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Fran Millar said the meeting is set for June 3 at 10 a.m. at the Capitol. The Atlanta Republican says the goal is to make sure the 16,000 students enrolled in the schools have an "education setting that meets their needs" when school starts this fall.

Millar has invited several state officials, including state schools Superintendent John Barge and Mark Peevy, executive director of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission.

 

Virtual school to hold information session

Virtual school to hold information session

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Georgia Connections Academy (GACA), the state's first full-time virtual charter school, is hosting a local information session to educate families on its unique curriculum.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center (130 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, 30030).

Because GACA is a Georgia public school, there are no costs for tuition, fees or supplies. The online academy can enroll students in grades K-12 from anywhere in the state and will offer an accountable, high-quality public education option.

For more information on GACA, call 1-800-382-6010.