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3 APS schools saved, 7 to close

3 APS schools saved, 7 to close

ATLANTA -- In a meeting that lasted more than 12 hours and had more than 500 attendees, some chanting and carrying signs, the Atlanta school board approved a controversial redistricting plan late Tuesday night.

The board unanimously approved the plan advanced by Superintendent Erroll Davis with three amendments: to keep Towns, D.H. Stanton and F.L. Stanton elementary schools open.

Outbursts from the audience stopped the meeting twice. At one point, while the superintendent was absent, someone from the crowd yelled that Davis needed to return before they continued. The crowd began chanting "We want Davis." In a separate incident, a man who reportedly caused a commotion was escorted out by Atlanta police officers.

REPORT | Schools with test erasure marks plummets

REPORT | Schools with test erasure marks plummets

ATLANTA (AP) - A new state report shows that the number of schools with unusual erasure patterns on standardized tests plummeted last year after a massive cheating scandal that led to tighter exam security across the state.

The Governor's Office of Student Achievement told the state school board Thursday that just three schools were flagged as "severe concern," meaning they had 25 percent or more of classrooms with a high number of erasures. That's compared to 74 schools in the severe category in 2009.

In all, 189 schools were flagged, though most had low patterns of erasures. The schools must conduct investigations and report back to the state by May.

Cook Elementary students learn how veggies and fruits can make them Strong4Life

Cook Elementary students learn how veggies and fruits can make them Strong4Life

 

ATLANTA --  Today, Monday, March 26 from 10:00 a.m. to noon, students at Cook Elementary School will receive a Strong4Life passport, and each time they try a new fruit or veggie, they will receive a Strong4Life stamp in their passport. Students will also receive Strong4Life healthy tips and recipes to take home. 

 

City Council briefed on Atlanta school closings

City Council briefed on Atlanta school closings

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- It's one of the most emotional issues any parent and child can face...the loss of their local school.

It's happening in school systems all over the metro area and now it's the city of Atlanta's turn.

School closings can also have a tremendous impact on real estate values.

That's one of several reasons why Atlanta City Council members are now involved in the process of closing as many as 13 of the city's 85 schools.

They got a briefing on the redistricting plan from the City School Board and Superintendent Erroll Davis Wednesday afternoon.

They were told it's a simple math problem...too many empty seats.

"A lot of these buildings were built, of course, to support children who were there, in many instances, because of large housing projects which are no longer there; the children are no longer there," explained Superintendent Davis.

Nearly 90 metro Atlanta schools near bottom of barrel

Nearly 90 metro Atlanta schools near bottom of barrel

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has released a list of 156 schools labeled as "focus" schools under the state's new accountability system.

The schools, many of which are in metro Atlanta, are one step above the state's worst performing schools, called "priority" schools, which were released last week. The "focus" schools are ones with a graduation rate of less than 60 percent over two years or have large gaps between the highest and lowest achieving subgroup of students on campus.

Subgroups can be determined by race, special needs and family income.

The state was one of 10 to win waivers last month from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Bill would revoke bonuses for teachers caught cheating

Bill would revoke bonuses for teachers caught cheating

ATLANTA -- A Senate committee has passed a bill that would revoke bonuses for Georgia teachers who cheat on standardized tests.

The Democratic-backed legislation was approved unanimously by the Senate education committee Monday. It now goes to the full Senate for a vote before heading to the governor's desk.

Under current policy, teachers can receive bonuses or incentive pay based on the standardized test scores of their students.

The bill stems from last year's cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools.

A state investigation in July revealed widespread cheating by educators in nearly half of the Atlanta's 100 schools dating to 2001. In all, nearly 180 teachers and principals were accused of giving answers to students or changing responses once the tests had been completed.

Nearly 40 metro schools among worst performing

Nearly 40 metro schools among worst performing

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has released a list of the 78 worst performing schools in the state as part of its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Nearly half of those schools are in the Metro Atlanta area. Of the schools listed, 14 are Atlanta Public Schools, nine are in DeKalb County and three are in Gwinnett County. Fulton and Cobb County each have one school on the list.

The list identifies the state's "priority" schools -- those that consistently perform poorly on tests, have low graduation rates or are already receiving federal improvement funds.

To be considered a "Priority School," one would have a graduation rate of 60 percent or less for two consecutive years, have low achievement on standardized tests or receive School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds to implement a school intervention model.