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College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents has announced a hike in both tuition and fees for Georgia's state colleges and universities during a meeting Tuesday.

"It's highly likely that tuition will have to increase to meet the needs of the students and to meet the student growth we have experienced," said Regents executive John Millsaps before the meeting.

The tuition hike comes close on the heels of a major overhual of the popular HOPE scholarship program which means students will be left to pay the rising costs of college in the state.

State representative Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, who played a major role in revamping the HOPE scholarship, says tough choices had to be made to keep the program afloat financially.

"Students are still getting one of the best values in the country," State Rep. Collins said. "We feel like we've done what we needed to do to keep a program solvent for future generations.

Dekalb Offering Spring Break Day Camps

Dekalb Offering Spring Break Day Camps

DECATUR, Ga. -- (submitted by Dekalb County)  DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs will hold Spring Break Day Camps April 4 - 8, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at all 12 recreation centers. Spring Break Day Camp is the hot spot for kids during the spring break. To embark on the total spring break camp experience, look no further than your local recreation center!

Spring Break Day Camp is a camp for ages 5 -12 and will be held Monday through Friday at a charge of $5 per day. Please make all payments payable by cashiers check or money order to the recreation center of your choice. Participants must provide their own lunch and snack.

For more information, contact LaShanda Trice, Public Education Specialist, at 404-371-3643.

 

DeKalb farm to school stakeholders

DeKalb farm to school stakeholders

Did you know farm to school programs help kids to eat healthier and support family farms? Did you know healthy kids are smarter kids? Attend the first DeKalb Farm to School meeting, and  find out more about other initiatives in the U.S. and Georgia,  and what it takes to launch a farm to school program.

Participants will learn about local resources and share their own farm to school projects. Challenges, opportunities and first steps for DeKalb County will be explored, and the group will begin planning a strategy for the DeKalb County Farm to School program.   This first meeting will be facilitated by Georgia Organics.

When:  March 23, 2011.

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The DeKalb Board of Education will hold a called meeting on Wednesday morning

The DeKalb Board of Education will hold a called meeting on Wednesday morning

Dekalb County, Ga.-  )sent by Dekalb County Schools)  

The DeKalb Board of Education will hold a called meeting at 9:30am, Wednesday, March 23, 2011, in Room M-201 at the DeKalb County School System's Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain.  The called meeting will adjourn to executive session for the purpose of discussing a personnel matter.

The meeting agenda can be accessed online by going to: www.dekalb.k12.ga.us, click on Leadership, go to eBoard Home Page and click on the date for the meeting agenda\information.

Sincerely,

Thomas E. Bowen, Chair DeKalb Board of Education

DeKalb Board of Education Committee on Budget, Finance & Facilities to meet, March 22

DECATUR, Ga. -- (submitted by DeKalb Board of Education) The DeKalb Board of Education Committee on Budget, Finance & Facilities will hold a meeting on Tuesday, March 22 at 9:00am in the J. David Williamson Board Room at the DeKalb County School System's Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain.  The purpose of the meeting is to review Board policies and system-wide operations as it relates to the budget. 

The agenda for the committee meeting is attached.  Meeting information can be accessed online by going to: www.dekalb.k12.ga.us, click on Leadership, eBoard Home Page, then click on the date for the meeting agenda/information.

Attend a screening of "Race to Nowhere", March 21

Attend a screening of "Race to Nowhere", March 21

ATLANTA – On Monday night, March 21, St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School will host a number of DeKalb County parents for a screening of the movie, “Race to Nowhere”. The movie was created by a concerned mother turned filmmaker who uses her camera to capture the “high-stakes, high pressure culture that has invaded our schools”.

Screenings of the movie have become part of a grassroots movement that is demanding change in our educational system. The screening will begin at 7:15PM and all are welcomed to attend.

St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School is located at 7171 Glenridge Drive Northeast in Atlanta.