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First days of school in metro Atlanta

First days of school in metro Atlanta

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- It's only mid-July, but many metro Atlanta students are preparing to head back to school.

Monday, July 15 is the first day of the 2013-14 school year for children at three Atlanta schools -- Boyd, Centennial Place and Hutchinson elementary schools -- and the Elite Scholars Academy in Clayton County.

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In DeKalb County, the first day of school is Monday, Aug. 12.

Other school start dates throughout north Georgia include:

Thursday, Aug. 1
Decatur City
Paulding County

Friday, Aug. 2
Newton County

Monday, Aug. 5
Cherokee County
Floyd County
Henry County

Tuesday, Aug. 6
Coweta County

Simon Kidgits Club hosts back-to-school activities

Simon Kidgits Club hosts back-to-school activities

ATLANTA -- Simon Property Group, Inc., is holding a special celebration to help young students and parents across the country ‘make the grade’ even before the school year begins. Families are invited to score an “A+” in preparedness and entertainment with Simon Kidgits Club®’s annual Back-to-School event at three Georgia malls:

53 DeKalb inmates earn GEDs

53 DeKalb inmates earn GEDs

DECATUR, Ga. -- More than 50 inmates at the DeKalb County Jail recently earned their General Educational Development diplomas -- the equivalent of a high school diploma.

The 51 men and two women received their GEDs at a graduation ceremony at the jail. DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown was the keynote speaker.

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Some of the inmates were required by the court to obtain the diploma, while others voluntarily took GED classes four times a week.

DeKalb County Sheriff's Sgt. Adrion Bell said the new graduates are eligible for the HOPE Scholarship if their grades are good enough. In the past, some DeKalb inmates were admitted to Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

ATLANTA -- Georgia's results for the 2013 CRCT reveal an improvement over the 2012 results.

The scores, which were released Tuesday morning, show 18 increases, five decreases and seven tests where the passing rates did not change.

"Our results this year on the CRCT show consistent progress and we continue to see many students scoring in the exceeds category," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "This is a testament to the great work our teachers are doing to take students to higher levels of learning."

In DeKalb County, the percentages of students who met or exceeded standards on the 2013 CRCT include:

Reading: 85.6
Math: 65.1
Science: 65.14
Social Studies: 73.1

See the full results at 11Alive.com/CRCT.

Ga. Connections Academy holding more information sessions

Ga. Connections Academy holding more information sessions

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy, the state's virtual public school for students in grades K-12, will hold several information sessions throughout metro Atlanta in the coming weeks.

Parents are invited to attend any of the free sessions to learn more about the program's offerings.

"Georgia Connections Academy, a tuition-free public school, delivers superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience our online learning community from anywhere in the state," Georgia Connections Academy principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "The combination of certified Georgia teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education."

Arraignment expected for DeKalb educator

Arraignment expected for DeKalb educator

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- One of three former DeKalb County educators accused of cheating on the CRC is due back in court Monday.

Indictments were handed down Tuesday for former Cedar Grove Middle School principal Agnes Flanagan, former Rock Chapel Elementary School principal Angela Jennings and former Stoneview Elementary School assistant principal Derrick Wooten.

"It's cheating and it's wrong and it's breaking the rules -- it's corruption," DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said Tuesday. "It hurts children, and that's what this is all about."

According to the indictment, Jennings faces eight counts of public record fraud and eight counts of computer forgery.

Flanagan faces three charges each of making a false writing, public record fraud and first degree forgery.

High court to weigh in on DeKalb school board case

High court to weigh in on DeKalb school board case

ATLANTA -- Georgia's highest court is set to consider the constitutionality of a state law allowing the governor to remove school board members.

The Supreme Court of Georgia heard arguments Monday from lawyers for the state and for former DeKalb County school board chairman Eugene Walker.

The school district was put on probation by an accrediting agency in December. Gov. Nathan Deal in February issued an executive order removing Walker and five other school board members.

Walker is challenging the law that allowed that action. The federal judge presiding over the case has asked the state high court to consider two questions about the constitutionality of the law.

The court will hear arguments on those questions and submit its interpretation to the federal judge who will rule in the case.