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Deadline approaches for Fulton Open Enrollment applications

Deadline approaches for Fulton Open Enrollment applications

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County School System has identified 16 schools that can accept transfer students during the 2011-2012 school year.

These schools are part of the "public school choice" legislation (H.B. 251). Approved in 2009, the law gives parents the option to choose a school outside of their attendance zone, provided it has available classroom space to accommodate transfers.

The application deadline is Monday, May 16 at 4:30 p.m.

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.

School board to approve new superintendent

School board to approve new superintendent

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, Apr. 26 to vote on its superintendent finalist.

RELATED: Robert Avossa named Fulton superintendent finalist

The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Dunwoody Springs Elementary School (8100 Roberts Drive, Sandy Springs, 30350). It will be broadcast live here.

South Fulton cities unite to squash litterbugs

South Fulton cities unite to squash litterbugs

HAPEVILLE, Ga. -- Students at Hapeville Elementary School are about to learn what happens when they don't pick up their trash.

At 10 a.m. on Friday, Apr. 22 (Earth Day), mayors and local police chiefs will be waiting for them with citation booklets -- or maybe even handcuffs.

The "Cool Cats Don't Litter -- Trash it Properly or Get a Ticket" initiative is an educational partnership between the Fulton County School System's Teaching Museum South, Fulton County Government and six South Fulton cities -- College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Palmetto and Union City.

Aimed at teaching civic responsibility, the program will help students be aware of the environmental hazards of littering and the negative impact it has on the community.

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents has announced a hike in both tuition and fees for Georgia's state colleges and universities during a meeting Tuesday.

"It's highly likely that tuition will have to increase to meet the needs of the students and to meet the student growth we have experienced," said Regents executive John Millsaps before the meeting.

The tuition hike comes close on the heels of a major overhual of the popular HOPE scholarship program which means students will be left to pay the rising costs of college in the state.

State representative Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, who played a major role in revamping the HOPE scholarship, says tough choices had to be made to keep the program afloat financially.

"Students are still getting one of the best values in the country," State Rep. Collins said. "We feel like we've done what we needed to do to keep a program solvent for future generations.

Fulton schools want feedback on Sex Ed

Fulton schools want feedback on Sex Ed

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County School Board wants feedback from the public before deciding whether to approve new materials for sex education.

The materials are available for public viewing through May 15 at the Independence High School media center in Alpharetta and at the Fulton County Schools Administrative Center in Atlanta.

The materials were recommended for approval by the Fulton County Schools Health Education Advisory Committee.

The Georgia Board of Education requires that all printed and non-printed materials dealing with "human sexuality and HIV/AIDS" be approved by local school boards.

Independence High School is located at 86 School Drive in Alpharetta. The materials will be available for viewing from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Fulton County Schools Administrative Center is located at 786 Cleveland Avenue SW in Atlanta. The materials will be available for viewing from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Local East Point teen writes a letter requesting community support to win a National competition

Local East Point teen writes a letter requesting community support to win a National competition

Please help this young woman reach your goals and win this national competition!!!

Dear Where U Live,

My name is Inari Washington and I am aspiring filmmaker.  I am 16 years old and a sophomore at Tri-Cities High School in East Point, GA.    I was recently chosen as 1, out of thousands of teens, in the Atlanta area to be a part of the Atlanta Sprite Refreshing Films Crew (SRF Crew).  Sprite Refreshing Films is a program that gives talented youth the opportunity to become filmmakers by actually producing a short film from beginning to end.  We learned about movie casting, location selection, setting up for the film, using the camera, scriptwriting, working with actors and a host of other components, along with promoting ourselves as film makers.     There are six Sprite Refreshing Films Teams.  They are, of course, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New York and Los Angeles.  The Atlanta SRF Crew will be competing in a First round of nationwide votes against the Dallas (SRF Crew) beginning April 12th –April 22nd.  If Atlanta wins we will go on to compete in the Second Round against the other winners of the First Rounds.  The Second Round runs from May 1st –May 31st.  During voting in May, professionals will be voting on the best film.  The winning team goes on to have their film screened at a national film festival event in June.  All crew members will be flown to the festival to have their film screened in front of an audience that includes huge film industry professionals.