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Atlanta communities help students in need get school supplies

Atlanta communities help students in need get school supplies

ATLANTA -- Parents are in the Back to School swing as class start dates for local students are just around the corner. 

Organizations throughout Atlanta recognize that many children may lack school supplies and resources to get them before hitting the classroom. To help, several organizations are accepting donations of school supplies and giving them to kids in need. 

The United Methodist Children's Home provides school supplies to both children involved in their programs and Atlanta area children in need. If you are in need of school supplies in the Atlanta area contact Noelle Owen. To donate school supplies you may drop them off at the UMCH office in Decatur, Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Noelle Owen: nowen@umchildrenshome.org

United Methodist Children's Home  500 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30030  (404) 327-5820

First days of school in metro Atlanta

First days of school in metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- It's only mid-July, but many metro Atlanta students are preparing to head back to school.

Monday, July 15 is the first day of the 2013-14 school year for children at three Atlanta schools -- Boyd, Centennial Place and Hutchinson elementary schools -- and the Elite Scholars Academy in Clayton County.

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In Atlanta Public Schools with traditional calendars, the first day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Other school start dates throughout north Georgia include:

Thursday, Aug. 1
Decatur City
Paulding County

Friday, Aug. 2
Newton County

Monday, Aug. 5
Cherokee County
Floyd County
Henry County

Tuesday, Aug. 6
Coweta County

Year-Round school opens today in Atlanta

Year-Round school opens today in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- It's the first day of school for students in several metro Atlanta Year-round schools.

The idea of just having a six or seven week summer break grew in popularity a few years ago, but while some schools have abandoned the idea. A few schools still find it works for them.

In the Atlanta Public Schools, there are three year-round schools: Boyd Elementary, Centennial Place Elementary and Hutchinson Elementary Schools.

Clayton County has one year-round school, Elite Scholars Academy, a charter school.

Last week, the school's leadership team met to start preparing for 300 middle and high school students. The school has a good academic record

During the 2012-2013 school year, on the state's new accountability system, the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), Elite Scholars middle school was one of only two schools in the state to score 100 percent. The high school scored 80 percent.

53 DeKalb inmates earn GEDs

53 DeKalb inmates earn GEDs

DECATUR, Ga. -- More than 50 inmates at the DeKalb County Jail recently earned their General Educational Development diplomas -- the equivalent of a high school diploma.

The 51 men and two women received their GEDs at a graduation ceremony at the jail. DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown was the keynote speaker.

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Some of the inmates were required by the court to obtain the diploma, while others voluntarily took GED classes four times a week.

DeKalb County Sheriff's Sgt. Adrion Bell said the new graduates are eligible for the HOPE Scholarship if their grades are good enough. In the past, some DeKalb inmates were admitted to Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

ATLANTA -- Georgia's results for the 2013 CRCT reveal an improvement over the 2012 results.

The scores, which were released Tuesday morning, show 18 increases, five decreases and seven tests where the passing rates did not change.

"Our results this year on the CRCT show consistent progress and we continue to see many students scoring in the exceeds category," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "This is a testament to the great work our teachers are doing to take students to higher levels of learning."

In Atlanta Public Schools, the percentages of students who met or exceeded standards on the 2013 CRCT include:

Reading: 85.18
Math: 66.43
Science: 66.36
Social Studies: 74.92

See the full results at 11Alive.com/CRCT.

APS searching for new superintendent

APS searching for new superintendent

ATLANTA -- The search is on for a new Atlanta Public Schools superintendent.

A search committee has been tasked with bringing the best and brightest person to Atlanta to lead the troubled district.

Errol Davis currently has the job, but on an interim basis. He was hired after Beverly hall resigned two years ago.

Monday night, the committee held the last of a series of community meetings, focus groups and online surveys to engage the public in discussing what they want in a superintendent. Committee members said it's important to involve the community in the search.

"This is a community position. There is nothing -- and I say that again -- nothing more important to our community than the children, their success in education and having a leader that can carry that for us," search committee chair Ann Cramer said.

APS hearings continue Monday

APS hearings continue Monday

ATLANTA -- Court hearings into the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal continued Monday.

Former state attorney general Mike Bowers is expected to speak. Bower is one of three special investigators appointed by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to investigate APS. The investigators' 400-page report formed the basis for the criminal investigation.

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