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Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

ATLANTA -- State lawmakers are planning to meet next week to hammer out solutions for more than a dozen charter schools that face closing after a Georgia Supreme Court ruled the state commission that created them is unconstitutional.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Fran Millar said the meeting is set for June 3 at 10 a.m. at the Capitol. The Atlanta Republican says the goal is to make sure the 16,000 students enrolled in the schools have an "education setting that meets their needs" when school starts this fall.

Millar has invited several state officials, including state schools Superintendent John Barge and Mark Peevy, executive director of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission.

 

48 Under-Resourced, High Potential C5 Georgia Graduates Accepted to College

48 Under-Resourced, High Potential C5 Georgia Graduates Accepted to College

ATLANTA -- (submitted by C5 Georigia) Thursday evening, 48 under-resourced, high potential students graduated local five-year leadership program C5 Georgia in the Coca-Cola Company’s Goizueta Auditorium. All 48 students have been accepted to college and nine local students received scholarships endowed by GDF SUEZ Energy Resources, MeadWestvaco and C5 Georgia Alumni, among others Thursday evening.

Charter school law declared unconstitutional

Charter school law declared unconstitutional

ATLANTA -- A Georgia law that cleared the way for a surge in new charter schools was struck down by the state's top court in a high-profile decision that will affect thousands of students and could reshape how the state's public school system is funded.

The Georgia Supreme Court's 4-3 decision on Monday overturned the 2008 Georgia Charter Schools Commission Act, which allowed the state to approve and fund charter schools over the objection of local school boards.

LOCAL PROFILE: Atlanta-Fulton Summer Reading Program

LOCAL PROFILE: Atlanta-Fulton Summer Reading Program

ATLANTA – Although, local schools are on the cusp of summer recess students in the area will, no longer, back able to use summer as an excuse to impede on their enrichment. The Atlanta-Fulton Library System is sponsoring their annual summer reading programming for this year on June 1. The county offers programs for adults, teens and children.

The reading program is called, “You Are Here! Teen Summer Reading Program” and it will start on Wednesday, June 1 and it will end on Monday, August 1. The library will be open during its regular hours and teens are invited to read and partake in daily programs during Teen Center hours.

Teens can, also, compete to win a Nook Color and other prizes by attending various library events and reading minimum of five titles.

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

Shuler Hensley Award winners take center stage

Shuler Hensley Award winners take center stage

ATLANTA -- The Shuler Hensley Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre were announced at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday, Apr. 26.

Forty-one Greater Atlanta-area high schools from 12 counties and 14 school districts, as well as private schools, participated this year.

APS after-school athletic events, practices cancelled until Thursday

APS after-school athletic events, practices cancelled until Thursday

According to Keith Bromery of Atlanta Public Schools:

All after-school athletic events and practices are cancelled Wednesday due to threatening weather conditions predicted for the metropolitan area this afternoon.  Weather forecasters are predicting high winds, lightening and heavy rain associated with a storm system that has spawned tornadoes and intense thunderstorms across sections of the country to the west of Georgia.

All APS high school baseball games scheduled for this afternoon will be made up Thursday.

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