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Charter school law declared unconstitutional

Charter school law declared unconstitutional

ATLANTA -- A Georgia law that cleared the way for a surge in new charter schools was struck down by the state's top court in a high-profile decision that will affect thousands of students and could reshape how the state's public school system is funded.

The Georgia Supreme Court's 4-3 decision on Monday overturned the 2008 Georgia Charter Schools Commission Act, which allowed the state to approve and fund charter schools over the objection of local school boards.

Sandra Deal, Path2College to launch college savings initiative

Sandra Deal, Path2College to launch college savings initiative

DECATUR, Ga. -- As Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal continues her "Read Across Georgia" tour, she will make a stop in Decatur to launch a contest that will help one lucky parent pay for his or her child's college education.

Together with the Georgia Public Library Service and Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan, Mrs. Deal will introduce the Destination College Savings Sweepstakes at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 12 at the Toco Hill-Avis G.

College: What to Do Once You’ve Been Accepted

OMG… it is such a relief not to have the whole where am I going to go to college thing hanging over my head. 12 years just flew by and I finally made it woo hoo! People keep telling me that the next few months are going to be incredibly busy and exciting as I get ready for the transition from high school senior to college freshman. If any of you have met Mommy Dearest you know that she insists that I do as much as I can for myself. So she helped me come up with a list of things to take care of before my first day on campus.

NASA astronaut to visit DeKalb schools

NASA astronaut to visit DeKalb schools

DECATUR, Ga. -- Eric A. Boe, a NASA astronaut and Air Force Colonel, will visit a number of DeKalb County schools this week.

In addition, he will hold public sessions at Fernbank Science Center (156 Heaton Park Drive NE, Atlanta, 30307) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 and Friday, May 6.

Col. Boe's schedule in DeKalb is as follows:

Tuesday, May 3

* Cedar Grove Middle School, Decatur
General Presentation
1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, May 4

* Evansdale Elementary School, Doraville
Henderson Middle School, Chamblee
General Presentation
8:30 a.m. to 12 noon

* Sequoyah Middle School, Doraville
General Presentation
1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 5

* Chapel Hill Elementary School, Decatur
General Presentation
9 a.m.

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

All DeKalb County school activities postponed

All DeKalb County school activities postponed

According to Mark Brock of DeKalb County Public Schools:

Due to the uncertainty of the weather at this time DeKalb County Schools are cancelling all athletic events for today (Wednesday). This cancellation includes all home and away events scheduled for today (soccer, baseball, Region 6-AAAA girls track).

Rescheduling of events is underway and I will notify you as soon as possible. Baseball will be moved and played at the scheduled times on Thursday. Region 6-AAAA track at Panthersville will be starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Tune in to 11Alive News at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. for further updates.

Carmen Agra Deedy to visit Clayton Elementary

Carmen Agra Deedy to visit Clayton Elementary

CANTON, Ga. -- The students at Clayton Elementary School in Canton were thrilled to learn that children's author Carmen Agra Deedy will visit their school on Monday, May 16.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Deedy came to the United States as a refugee in 1964 and grew up in Decatur, where she still lives.

She has been writing for children for over two decades. Her most popular book, "The Library Dragon," received various state book award and has sold nearly half a million copies.

In 2003, "The Library Dragon" was chosen to represent Georgia at the Library of Congress National Book Festival.

Deedy's most recent book, "14 Cows for America," is based on an astonishing gift that a Maasai village in Kenya gave to the United States shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The book was released in Sept.