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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.

Share Your Vision with Atlanta Leaders April 19 - May 5

Share Your Vision with Atlanta Leaders April 19 - May 5

The City of Atlanta Office of Planning is preparing to launch Round 3 of community meetings for the 2011 Comphrehensive Development Plan (CDP).  Share your thoughts, your insight, your vision for Atlanta's future and your neighborhood. 

Atlanta non-profits, civic and community groups, neighborhood associations, citizens and businesses are invited to attend the various community meetings planned in locations throughout the city. 

All meetings are from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Can't attend?  You can also email your comments to us at cdp2011comments@atlantaga.gov.

Fulton County Launches Online Poll Worker Training

Fulton County Launches Online Poll Worker Training

Atlanta, GA--  (sent by Fulton Communications)  Fulton County’s Department of Registration and Elections will begin Online Poll Worker Training on March 31, 2011. The online training contains the same curriculum as what is taught in the existing training class.

The web-based course covers polling place procedures that are to be carried out prior to the election, during the election and after the election. It includes video demonstrations, pop quizzes and a final exam. Participants can complete each section at their own pace.

Fulton County Public Works Seeks Public Comment Regarding Transportation Projects

Fulton County Public Works Seeks Public Comment Regarding Transportation Projects

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by Fulton Communication)  Fulton County wants your input to develop recommendations about the county’s future transportation needs through the year 2040.  The Transportation Investment Act requires each of the state’s 12 regions to conduct regional roundtable consisting of the Commission Chair from each county along with one mayor from each of the counties.

Your participation is extremely important in the planning process and to the development of the project list.

Atlanta Fire Dept. Receives $9.8 Million Federal Grant

Atlanta Fire Dept. Receives $9.8 Million Federal Grant

Atlanta, GA--  Mayor Kasim Reed announced that the Atlanta Fire Department received a grant for $9.8M from the Dept. of homeland Security and FEMA.  The funds are part of S.A.F.E.R., which is an acronym which stands for Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response.  The award provides for:

  • an increase in staffing and enhanced efficiencies on emergency incidents by providing four firefighters to staff each fire apparatus;
  • enhanced overall safety of citizens and firefighters; and,
  • reduced multiple fire station responses to emergency scenes, which include additional staffing and equipment for  2nd and 3rd Alarms.  

Councilmember Keisha Bottoms Teaches Financial Responsiblity to Atlanta Youth

Councilmember Keisha Bottoms Teaches Financial Responsiblity to Atlanta Youth

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by Dexter Chambers)  Atlanta City Councilmember Keisha Lance Bottoms is pleased to host a three-day course designed to teach Atlanta’s youth personal financial responsibility and money management skills that can last a lifetime.

The Youth Financial Literacy Program will equip youth with the necessary critical economic thinking tools needed for tomorrow’s economy.

The free program will be held on Saturdays from February 19 until March 5 at The Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA, 2220 Campbellton Road, S.W. For more information or to register call 404-330-6054 or 404-660-2461 or email kbottoms@atlantaga.gov Space is limited.

Fulton County School Board to Hold meetings at the State Capitol February 1st

Fulton County School Board to Hold meetings at the State Capitol February 1st

Atlanta, GA--  On February 1st, the Fulton County Board of Education will meet at the State Capitol for a discussion of board ethics and conflicts of interests within some of their policies.  Other agenda items include an update on the systems 2010-11 goals and the status on the Charter School System exploration processs which has just started.

The Board will break its meeting for a lunch with State Legislators and to discuss their current superintendent search.

NOTE: All meetings of the school board are open to the public unless designated as executive session where, by law, the board must convene in private to discuss land, legal or personnel items. Any vote resulting from executive session discussion, however, will occur in an open public setting.