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APS billed over $125,000 for Hall's legal fees

APS billed over $125,000 for Hall's legal fees

ATLANTA -- 11Alive News has learned that former Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall racked up more than $125,000 in legal bills in her final months on the job as the state investigation into cheating neared its conclusion.

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According to legal invoices obtained through an Open Records request made by 11Alive, the law firm Jones Day billed the school system $74,152.74 for the month of May alone.

Dr. Hall's legal bills for the months of March, April and May totalled $127,386.46.

Beverly Hall pens column for Education Week magazine

Beverly Hall pens column for Education Week magazine

ATLANTA -- Former Atlanta school superintendent Beverly Hall authored a column in Education Week, an industry magazine for educators, saying the APS cheating scandal is not the "whole" story.

"There is no excuse for cheating, and I deeply regret that I did not do more to prevent it," Hall said in the column.

RELATED: Read Hall's column

She went on to point out gains she says the school system was able to push over the course of her tenure.

Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents is raising health insurance premiums for employees and cutting coverage for about 700 workers.

The board voted Tuesday to hike rates by 5.2 percent. The university system will save $30 million by limiting access to certain doctors and hospitals.

University system workers, like all state employees, received no pay increase this year.

The board also voted to cut insurance for about 700 part-time employees by raising the minimum number of hours they have to work to qualify for coverage from 20 to 30 per week. The change will save about $1.5 million.

This is the first time since 2008 that insurance premiums have increased.

Texas district cuts ties with ex-Atlanta official

Texas district cuts ties with ex-Atlanta official

DeSOTO, Texas -- A Dallas-area school board is severing ties with its new superintendent, who was caught in the fallout of a test-cheating scandal in her previous district in Atlanta.

The DeSoto school board voted 3-2 Monday night to negotiate the terms of a voluntary exit agreement with Superintendent Kathy Augustine's employment. Two board members were absent.

The board had the same discussion on the agenda last month but adjourned without settling the future of the former deputy Atlanta school superintendent.

The district in the suburb south of Dallas hired Augustine in April for $188,000 a year. However, the board placed her on paid leave last month while it re-examined her Atlanta tenure. She has denied having knowledge of test cheating in Atlanta.

Sending Your Baby To Kindergarten

Sending Your Baby To Kindergarten

 

The school bell will ring soon and many parents will send a child to kindergarten. This is always an emotional time for parents. For some, it will be sending your first born and for others it will be sending the youngest of four. Kindergarten is an important milestone in your child’s life. Your child’s maturity will grow tremendously this year and you’ll get to see a small glimpse of how your hard work over the past 5 years has shaped your child. It wasn’t that long ago that you held your precious baby in your arms for the first time. Where did the time go? Now it’s time to send that little baby off to kindergarten. For most this will be the first full school day, the first  year to ride the school bus, the first year to have homework, and the first year when peer influences begin to play a role.

Atlanta Public Schools implement heat ban until Friday

Atlanta Public Schools implement heat ban until Friday

ATLANTA – According to Keith Bromery of Atlanta Public Schools:

APS officials have banned all outdoor student activities until after 6 p.m. through the end of the week because of the current high heat and humidity conditions in the region.

The restriction is district-wide for all K12 grades and includes football and other sports practices and conditioning activities, band practices and rehearsals, and other outside activities.

 In many instances, coaches and band directors have moved practices and rehearsals indoors as a precaution to prevent heat-related health issues.

Get vaccinated before school starts

Get vaccinated before school starts

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The 2011-2012 school year is about to begin for students in both Fulton County and Atlanta Public Schools, which means that vaccination rush week is right around the corner.

The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness will administer required vaccinations for school entry at several locations from Monday, Aug. 1 to Friday, Aug. 12.

"During the rush weeks, the nursing division will focus on giving vaccinations, eye/ear/dental screenings and the required certifications for children to attend school," said Dr. Patrice A. Harris, director of Fulton County Health Services.

The county's back-to-school vaccination kickoff will take place Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Fulton Service Center (7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs).

Vaccinations will be given from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.