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Fulton County Health partners to protect students' health

Fulton County Health partners to protect students' health

ATLANTA -- Today, the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness has signed a memorandum of understanding with Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) and the Georgia Head Start Association to raise awareness of daily air quality conditions as part of the county’s Fulton Asthma Improvement and Reduction (F.A.I.R.) initiative to address asthma-related health disparities.  According to the American Lung Association, 24,657 children and nearly 55,000 adults in Fulton County suffer from asthma.

“This memorandum of understanding places us in a position  to directly affect the health outcomes of our youngest residents,” states Patrice A. Harris, Director, Fulton County Health Services.  “It also allows us to educate not only the student, but also parents and teachers about the effect of poor air quality and asthma triggers.”

When does the school year begin?

When does the school year begin?

ATLANTA -- Summer break is coming to a close for many Atlanta-area students.

In fact, three Atlanta elementary schools -- Boyd, Centennial and Hutchinson -- are already back in session; the year-round schools began the 2012-13 calendar on July 10.

The remainder of metro Atlanta's school districts will open their doors a little later.

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The first day of school for the rest of Atlanta Public Schools is Monday, Aug. 6

Other start dates include:

Monday, July 30
Rockdale County

End-of-Course Test results released

End-of-Course Test results released

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education released system-level results for End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) Tuesday morning.

Parents and students can now visit the Georgia Department of Education's website to see how students in their school system performed. Results for individual schools will be released by July 31.

EOCT tests are more important than ever because they have replaced the graduation tests that kept many students from getting a diploma.

The tests now count for 20% of a student's final grade, up from 15%.

By 2015, students will have to pass all eight tests, spread over their course of their high school careers, to graduate.

Students in 3 Atlanta schools go back to class

Students in 3 Atlanta schools go back to class

ATLANTA -- Tuesday is the first day of school for hundreds of students who attend three year-round schools in the Atlanta Public School system.

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Boyd, Hutchinson and Centennial Elementary Schools are the only ones in APS that don't use a traditional calendar.

"I think one of the reasons why we've done so well academically is because of the year-round calendar," said Keisha Gibbons, the principal at Boyd.

The year-round calendar includes nine weeks of instruction followed by three weeks off.

The summer break lasts five weeks.

2012 CRCT Results | Atlanta Public Schools

2012 CRCT Results | Atlanta Public Schools

ATLANTA -- More Georgia students than ever are exceeding standards on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, according to new data released Thursday.

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The 2012 CRCT results show the performances of students in grades 3-8. The biggest overall gains were in Grade 5 Social Studies (six percentage points) and Grade 8 Science (seven percentage points).

"The best news in the 2012 CRCT report is that more of our students are exceeding the standards," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "Teachers are doing a great job teaching the more rigorous Georgia Performance Standards and they are to be applauded for raising expectations for all students."

Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy has made the grade.

The state's first free virtual charter school received very positive feedback from the parents of its students during the 2011-12 school year.

Almost 90 percent of the parents who responded to a survey gave the school a grade of either A or B, and 92 percent they would recommend GACA to other parents. Eighty-five percent of parents said they were more satisfied with GACA than with their children's previous schools.

About 52 percent of the school's 610 families responded to the survey, according to GACA officials.

"Our parent satisfaction survey really illustrates our commitment to accountability," principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "We value this parent feedback and use it to help make our virtual school program better. I am very pleased with the results, in particular the positive feedback about our teachers and the curriculum."

School districts cut jobs, boost class sizes

School districts cut jobs, boost class sizes

ATLANTA -- School districts are cutting teachers, enacting furloughs and increasing class sizes to fill budget holes.

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The Atlanta school board has approved cutting 375 positions and giving employees four furlough days next school year. The district is trying to make up for an expected $47 million shortfall.

In Gwinnett, the budget includes two furlough days and 600 jobs cut from the payroll. It also means two more students per classroom.