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Georgia 9th graders will have to choose career paths

Georgia 9th graders will have to choose career paths

ATLANTA -- Here's a question: Did you know what career you wanted to pursure in night grade?

Next fall, all high school freshman in Georgia public schools will have to determine a career path and take classes tailored to that goal.

"The governor signed house bill 187 into law this past session, which mandates that we have career pathways for all students beginning in the fall of 2012," said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. "It's a national model. Many states are already using career clusters and career pathways."

There are 17 careers clusters and each one has a core of subjects students must take. The process is similar to working on a major in college. Students will have the opportunity to switch career pathways throughout their time in high school.

Atlanta Hawks to award $10,000 to Dekalb Alternative School

Atlanta Hawks to award $10,000 to Dekalb Alternative School

Dekalb - Today at 2:30pm, Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams will be visiting the Dekalb Alternative School  to award them with a $10,000 check that they will use for a school makeover and an Atlanta Hawks Reading Zone.  The Reading Zone will become a space inside the school for students to learn while experiencing the joy of reading.

Nominations for the Reading Zone were accepted between August 2 and September 9, 2011 from organizations within 50 miles of Philips Arena that serve youth under the age of 18.

Dekalb Schools' Superintendent nearing the end of her 90 day entry plan

Dekalb Schools' Superintendent nearing the end of her 90 day entry plan

 

Dekalb County - (via Dekalb County Schools website)  The final phase of the entry plan is to develop and present to the Board of Education and community the "Excellence for Education Plan" which will be the explicit and tactical strategy to improve the achievement of all students, internal operations, reporting, and accountability systems. The "Excellence for Education Plan" will also serve to actualize and prioritize the levers necessary to deliver a balanced scorecard and an aligned management system that reiterates our core values and mission. The "Excellence for Education Plan" will become an essential and critical guiding document for continuous improvement.

WNBA's Atlanta Dream to bring "crash your court" to Tucker High School on Friday

WNBA's Atlanta Dream to bring "crash your court" to Tucker High School on Friday

Tucker - The defending WNBA Eastern Conference Champion Atlanta Dream, in partnership with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, is bringing its "Crash Your Court" halftime show to the 2nd annual DeKalb Elite Hardwood Classic. The tournament features teams representing 12 state championships.

"Crash the Court" brings the experience of a professional basketball game to top girls' high school tournaments. The event features Atlanta Dream guard Lindsey Harding and includes appearances by in-game host C.J. Simpson and team mascot Star, giveaways, contests, and performances by the Shooting Stars cheer team.

 

WHEN:

Friday, December 9 at 5:30 p.m.
Redan vs. Southwest DeKalb girls basketball 

WHERE:

DeKalb Cooperative Extension Helps Veterans

DeKalb Cooperative Extension Helps Veterans

 

DECATUR – DeKalb County Cooperative Extension recently worked in collaboration with the DeKalb County Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program, Master Gardener Extension volunteers, and 4-H clubs at local schools to collect hygiene products for veterans in need.

 

SACS: DeKalb County schools to remain accredited

SACS: DeKalb County schools to remain accredited

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - The DeKalb County school district is keeping its accreditation.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced Tuesday that the district will remain "accredited on advisement." That means the nearly 100,000-student district is accredited but will be watched closely by SACS to ensure progress is being made.

The district had until last month to shape up or lose accreditation with the metro Atlanta-based SACS. Agency President and CEO Mark Elgart said DeKalb County has "demonstrated significant work" on issues ranging from an ineffective school board to instability in the superintendent's office.

SACS will visit the district again in March.

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Revenue stamped its approval on $50 million in donations under the Georgia Scholarship Tax Credit Program.

The program lets people and businesses get tax credit for donations to scholarships for Georgia children to attend private schools.

Fifty million dollars is the most allowed under the program. In 2012, the statewide cap on donations will increase by the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index until 2018.

Individuals can donate up to $1,000, while married couples have a donation cap of $2,500. Corporations can donate up to 75 percent of their state income tax liability.

The American Federation for Children estimated more than 6,000 students last year got scholarships to attend private schools through the program.