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APS 8th Grade students excel on 2011 state writing test

APS 8th Grade students excel on 2011 state writing test

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by Keith Bromery, APS)  APS students improved their performance by four percentage points and eliminated the achievement gap between the district and students around the state on the new Georgia Grade 8 Writing Assessment in 2011.  Eighty-three percent of APS 8th Grade students scored at “meets” or “exceeds” standards levels.

The results indicate steady improvement by APS students to the point where they are on par with their counterparts throughout the state, who also averaged 83 percent meeting or exceeding standards on the 2011 writing assessment.

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Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards, will host a “One Humanity Conference” Saturday, February 26

Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards, will host a “One Humanity Conference” Saturday, February 26

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by Fulton County Communications)  The Fulton County Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) for Boys, created by District 7 Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards, will host a “One Humanity Conference” Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center.  The event, an initiative of the Call to Manhood program, is administered through the Department of Housing and Human Services.  The aim of the program is to cultivate the ability of young men to see the world and its issues not as overwhelming challenges, but as opportunities.

The highly interactive event for 8-11 year olds will help elementary school children understand how all individuals are connected and that differences between people should not prevent individuals and groups from experiencing triumph in meeting challenges and barriers in life. The conference will feature group sessions, with interactive exercises and games that emphasize the importance of teamwork and mutual support to succeed during challenging situations.  Equipping young men with the tools to provide visionary, ethical and socially responsible leadership for their community is the vision of YLA. 

Fulton County School Board work session to feature Harvard University report

Fulton County School Board work session to feature Harvard University report

Fulton County, GA--  (submitted by Fulton Schools Communications) 

The Fulton County Board of Education will meet for its February 15 work session at the school system’s Administrative Center, located at 786 Cleveland Avenue SW in Atlanta.

The school board will convene at 12 p.m. and immediately move to executive session. Following executive session, the meeting will reconvene in public for workshop presentations and the business agenda. A public hearing on the proposed closure of College Park Elementary School will be held from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., followed by a public comment session on other topics.

Workshop Topics
Once in open session, the school board will receive an update on the Harvard Strategic Data Project. Funded by a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant, Harvard University is helping Fulton County Schools study what makes teachers effective in the classroom.

Flat Lottery, Too Many Students, Even Snow Mean HOPE Cuts

Flat Lottery, Too Many Students, Even Snow Mean HOPE Cuts

ATLANTA -- Most of them know the bad news is coming.

Most of Georgia's more than 300,000 state college students know they'll see even higher tuition next year and even fewer benefits from the HOPE Scholarship.

"I'm gonna have to find alternative ways to finance my coming here," Georgia State University freshman Kenja McNeil said, adding that those will probably include, "loans, scholarships, more scholarships and more scholarships."

Lottery proceeds have poured about $15 billion into the HOPE and pre-kindergarten programs since they began 17 years ago.

Right now, about 200,000 state college students receive HOPE benefits.

But lottery sales have flattened out, according to Margaret DeFrancisco, CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corporation.

Wednesday morning she told the University System's State Board of Regents that's thanks to the recession, growing competition from other states...and even January's winter storm.

5 Local Schools Recently Earned Title 1 Distinguished Status, Making Fulton County's Total 29 now

5 Local Schools Recently Earned Title 1 Distinguished Status, Making Fulton County's Total 29 now

Fulton County, GA--  (submitted by Fulton County Schools) Five additional Fulton County schools have joined the list of schools earning Distinguished Title I School status, the Georgia Department of Education recently announced. This honor signifies that the schools are a leader among their peers in student achievement.

Conley Hills Elementary School, Camp Creek Middle School, Hapeville Charter Middle School, Holcomb Bridge Middle School and Sandtown Middle School have newly earned the distinction, and 24 additional Fulton schools continued their status as Title I Distinguished Schools. This brings Fulton’s 2010-11 total to 29 schools.

To be named “Distinguished,” Title I schools must achieve Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for a minimum of three consecutive years. AYP is a key piece of the No Child Left Behind Act and a measure of a school’s academic success and improvement.

Morehouse College Whiz Kid Stephen Stafford on The Mo’Nique Show, Tonight 2/8

Morehouse College Whiz Kid Stephen Stafford on The Mo’Nique Show, Tonight 2/8

LIVE BLOG AND CHAT DURING WHIZ KID'S APPEARANCE ON THE MO'NIQUE SHOW Follow the Buzz via Morehouse College Whiz Kid Stephen Stafford @srstafford on The Mo’Nique Show | Feb 8, 2011 | Live Blog & Chat | Seeing is Believing

14 yr. old college student Stephen Stafford's educational journey began in Detroit, Michigan at age 2 when instead of watching TV, he and his six year-old sister Martinique often played “school”.