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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.

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.

Councilman Tracey Wyatt to host Back to School Bash

Councilman Tracey Wyatt to host Back to School Bash

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. – City Councilman Tracey Wyatt hosts a back to school event on Sunday, August 7 at the Godby Road Recreation Center.

Children can enjoy free backpacks and school supplies for the new year. Local school systems, Clayton and Fulton,  begin on August 8 and on August 15, respectively. There will also be free health screenings and haircuts for boys.

Students can go swimming during the celebration and food will be provided.

Neighborhood Mathematica—an Atlanta education initiative receives White House funding

Neighborhood Mathematica—an Atlanta education initiative receives White House funding

Atlanta, GA --  (submitted by Kwanza Fisher)

Neighborhood Mathematica—the radical math education initiative that received $10,000 at the elevator pitch competition of Friday’s White House Urban Entrepreneurship Forum-- is posed to reach over 500 Atlanta students and 10 neighborhoods, and is recruiting more volunteer math coaches. The initiative will dispatch coaches to select Centers of Hope to drill students in grade-level concepts beginning September 19. Trained coaches will coach students for 10 weeks, after which the students will represent their communities in the competition on December 10.

A majority of the participants will be African-American students in grades 1-8—a demographic disproportionately affected by both the achievement gap and the recent cheating scandal. Participants will receive 40 free additional hours of math instruction time throughout the semester.

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World Changers Church hosts their annual Back to School Event on July 30th

As we get closer to the beginning of another school year, Dr. Creflo Dollar, Pastor

Taffi Dollar and World Changers Church International (WCCI) continues their

commitment to making a difference in the lives of their church, community and the

world! On Saturday, July 30th beginning at 11:00am, WCCI will host a Back To

School Event filled with giveaways, rides, haircuts, food and fun! To prepare for

school, kids will be given backpacks, pens and other school supplies to ease the

burden of parents who may be going through financially hard times.

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.