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School district launches app for parents

School district launches app for parents

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County School District has created an app that keeps parents and students up to date about goings-on in their schools.

It is available at app stores for Apple and PC smartphones and tablets.

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School district spokesman Quinn Hudson said the app contains school calendars, news updates and links to social media accounts associated with county schools. The district plans to include students' academic data in a later version of the app; this will allow parents to learn if their children's grades fall below a certain level.

Scholarships available to high school and college students

Scholarships available to high school and college students

(WXIA) -- The Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia is offering three scholarships to Georgia's college students and high school seniors.

To qualify for the COAG Scholarship, a student must be a high school senior or GED candidate and a Georgia citizen, and should be scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2014.

Current students at accredited Georgia colleges and universities are also welcome to apply. The scholarship is available to students majoring in government or law enforcement; political science; accounting or finance; business; or pre-law.

COAG is offering scholarships in three amounts -- $500, $1,000 and $1,500. Applicants must write a 1,000-word essay that answers the question "Who are the locally elected constitutional officers and what differentiates them from other county offices?"

Bowling for Education fundraiser a striking success

Bowling for Education fundraiser a striking success

ATLANTA -- The lanes at 300 Atlanta were packed with nearly 35 Atlanta-area companies for the fifth annual “Bowling For Education” fundraiser, held on Thursday, Nov. 5. The event, which supports the Simon Youth Foundation, raised a record-breaking $112,250 this year, exceeding the initial fundraising goal of $100,000. 

“We could not be more thrilled about the success of this year’s Bowling for Education event,” said Leslie Bland, co-chair of Bowling for Education in Atlanta and Director of Marketing and Business Development for Phipps Plaza. “We’re so grateful for the incredible enthusiasm from our Simon family and for the generous donations from all our committed partners. The immense support for this annual event has helped Simon Youth Foundation provide more and more educational opportunities for our future Georgia leaders.”

DeKalb County School District goes wireless

DeKalb County School District goes wireless

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County School District is now 100% wireless.

Superintendent Michael Thurmond announced Monday that the district has completed a $4.5 million project to install wireless technology in every classroom.

"With this achievement, technology-based learning becomes part of the everyday classroom experience," Thurmond said in a statement. "No longer must students take turns in a computer lab or rely solely on hard-wired technology."

The school district boasts 15,000 new desktop computers and more than 2,600 SMART Boards. Teachers carry mobile devices to make the school day run more smoothly; they use this technology to take attendance, monitor student discipline and perform classroom observations.

Simon Youth Foundation seeks applicants for $1M in scholarships

Simon Youth Foundation seeks applicants for $1M in scholarships

ATLANTA -- For a 14th straight year, Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, will award a college scholarship to one student from every community that is home to a Simon property. Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarships are awarded through the Simon Youth Scholarships program and in partnership with local Simon properties. The application period is open through Saturday, Jan. 11.

Ga. high school graduation rate increases in 2013

Ga. high school graduation rate increases in 2013

(WXIA) -- The public school graduation rate in Georgia continues to climb.

The Georgia Department of Education announced Wednesday that the state's graduation rate was 71.5 percent in 2013 -- almost two points higher than in 2012 and four points above 2011's rate.

Every state uses a U.S. Department of Education-mandated four-year adjusted cohort rate to calculate graduations. It tracks the number of students who graduate from high school within the standard four years.

State superintendent Dr. John Barge said the more rigorous calculation method still shows an increase in Georgia's graduation rate.

"Despite the economic challenges our districts are facing, we have more high school students graduating today than we have had in several years, which is a testament to the hard work of our students and teachers," Barge said in a statement.

DeKalb County's 2013 four-year graduation rate was 58.9 percent.

GED registration begins on new website

GED registration begins on new website

(WXIA) -- Registration for the 2014 General Educational Development tests is now open on the new MyGED website.

The site, located at ged.com, offers study plans, skills assessments and other resources to help adults receive the equivalent of a high school diploma.

The 2014 GED program launches on Jan. 2. It was overhauled to better prepare GED candidates for higher education and the working world, and ultimately allow them to find jobs with higher pay.

The website also features a list of GED testing centers across metro Atlanta.