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Schools vie for charter school of year award

Schools vie for charter school of year award

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Charter Schools Association has created a "charter school of the year" award with help from the Coca-Cola Foundation.

The first winner of the award will be announced at the association's annual meeting in October in Macon. The award carries a $50,000 prize.

Schools in the 18-county Metro Atlanta area can qualify. They must have been open five years and have demonstrated academic success and sound fiscal practices.

RELATED: 11 charter schools receive key approval

Georgia has more than 200 charter schools statewide. The schools are funded by taxpayer dollars but are given flexibility in how they meet federal education benchmarks.

Free and cheap school supplies

Free and cheap school supplies

ATLANTA -- This is the best time of year to buy both school supplies and office supplies.  Some things are as low as a penny, or even free after rebates!

I set out to find the best deals on a typical kindergarten or first grade supply list from Atlanta Public Schools.

I found the most convenient way to buy supplies is to order them through SchoolPak.com. The company will ship a box of required supplies to your home or school. The first grade list came to $55.34 including shipping.

I set out to see if I could find better deals in the stores. First our summer intern Katie and I went through the weekly sale flyers in search of the lowest possible prices for every item on our list.

Investigator fires back at APS report

Investigator fires back at APS report

ATLANTA -- An attorney is firing back at claims her investigation into cheating at one Atlanta school was "watered down" and changed over and over to meet the demands of top district brass.

Two years before the state report on cheating in Atlanta schools came out, Penn Payne was hired by Atlanta Public Schools to investigate Deerwood Academy for testing irregularities.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: Atlanta Public Schools CRCT Investigation
RELATED: Read the Complete Report from the Governor's Special Investigators

The question now is was her report doctored and by whom?

An erasure analysis found a high number of wrong-to-right changes on the school's CRCT exams -- nearly one in every two classrooms.

Dozens of educators step down amid cheating scandal

Dozens of educators step down amid cheating scandal

ATLANTA -- Interim Superintent Erroll Davis says the number of teachers and principals who have either resigned or retired in the wake of the CRCT cheating scandal is higher than previously thought.

"The number we are dealing with now is down to 130s, 140s," Davis told parents during a townhall meeting at Garden Hills Elementary in Buckhead Thursday night.

He had given the 178 teachers, principals and staff implicated in the state's cheating investigation until 5 p.m. Wednesday to resign or face termination.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: CRCT Cheating Investigation

Elite Teach For America thrust into APS scandal

Elite Teach For America thrust into APS scandal

ATLANTA -- Teach For America teachers are recruited from the best Ivy League, private and state schools in the nation. They forego well-paying jobs to spend two years working in some of the country's most challenging school districts.

Even their ranks were not immune from the worst school cheating scandal in U.S. history.

Three Teach For America educators in Atlanta schools have confessed to cheating to state investigators and more were implicated.

"A handful of our teachers did confess to cheating and there are no excuses for that. It's completely unacceptable," said Metro Atlanta Teach For America Executive Director Kwame Griffith.

Teach For America's ties to district leadership run deep, and some of its most ardent supporters fared the worst in the report.

Quotes from embattled Superintendent Beverly Hall, who brought Teach for America to the city, still adorn the program's website.

Teachers' attorney: Atlanta test cheating report inaccurate, falsely accuses the innocent

Teachers' attorney: Atlanta test cheating report inaccurate, falsely accuses the innocent

TUCKER, Ga. -- A backlash is brewing against the test-cheating report implicating 178 Atlanta Public Schools teachers, principals and superintendents in a long-running scheme to correct their students' incorrect answers on standardized tests in order to make the schools look good.

The Director of Legal Services for the Georgia Association of Educators, Mike McGonigle, is investigating that investigation.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: CRCT Cheating Investigation

He told 11Alive's Jon Shirek, during an interview Wednesday at GAE's headquarters in Tucker, that he's already discovering errors and omissions in the report.

Publix school supply drive to assist APS students

Publix school supply drive to assist APS students

ATLANTA -- Parents and teachers know that having the right school supplies can mean the difference between a passing or a failing grade for students.

That's why Publix has teamed up with the United Way and several local partners to host the School Tools for Cool Kids program.

Residents can stop by their neighborhood Publix grocery stores from Monday, July 18 until Sunday, Aug. 14 to purchase and/or drop off school supplies in the School Tools bins.

"We encourage customers to donate school supplies to help . . . children begin the school year on a level playing field," said Brenda Reid, media and community relations manager for Publix.