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School board announces April community meetings

School board announces April community meetings

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Board of Education has announced the dates and locations of its April community meetings.

Every month, the board holds the meetings as a way for parents and community members to discuss local issues and concerns.

The April meeting dates include:

District 1
Wednesday, Apr. 17 at 9:30 a.m.
Teaching Museum North (730 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell)

District 2
Wednesday, Apr. 17 at 9:30 a.m.
Alpharetta HS (3595 Webb Bridge Road)

District 3
Thursday, Apr. 11 at 6 p.m.
Tri-Cities HS (2575 Harris Street, East Point)

District 4
Wednesday, Apr. 17 at 6 p.m.
Cliftondale ES (3340 West Stubbs Road, College Park)

District 5
Thursday, Apr. 18 at 9:30 a.m.
River Trail MS (10795 Rogers Circle, Johns Creek)

Educators gain access to new Teacher Resource Link

Educators gain access to new Teacher Resource Link

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education launched the Teachers Resource Link (TRL) on Tuesday, giving educators access to digital resources that go along with Georgia's K-12 curriculum.

Mat Cardoza of GaDOE Communications reported that the TRL was developed to help facilitate teachers when they look for digital materials for students to use, based on their academic performance. By using the TRL, the state can quickly find those resources the students need to excel in the classroom.

There are 18,000 digital resources currently that make up the TRL, based on Georgia standards for K-12 teachers, Cardoza said. Every teacher has the same information coming from the same knowledge base. 

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said, "These kinds of tools are invaluable because they save our teachers a tremendous amount of time and will ultimately help our students be college and career ready because they are getting the best instruction possible."

Korean Vice Minister for Education to visit local schools

Korean Vice Minister for Education to visit local schools

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Several Fulton County schools will host a visit from 12 Korean master teachers for a teaching exchange program. 

The program, according to a spokeswoman from FCS, is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education and the Korean Ministry of Education Science and Technology. 

The program lasts for eight weeks, and helps Korean teachers to improve their English and class management skills. The Korean teachers will instruct along with Fulton County teachers, who will mentor and give feedback to the visitors. 

Ha Tae-Yun, Korean Vice Minister of Education will be in Atlanta on March 25 - 26 to meet with Georgia school teachers. 

Mont. educator admits to plagiarizing Fulton superintendent

Mont. educator admits to plagiarizing Fulton superintendent

FLORENCE, Mont. -- A western Montana school board is considering holding a special meeting to discuss the future of the superintendent following an act of plagiarism.

Florence-Carlton School District Board of Trustees chairwoman Pat Appleby says a decision will likely be made at their regular meeting Tuesday.

Superintendent John McGee apologized earlier this year for copying the work of Fulton County School System Superintendent Robert Avossa after an anonymous blogger posted a link to the Georgia official's writing. The column had to do with school safety following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut.

The blogger has since posted four other examples the newspaper reports appear to show additional instances of plagiarism by McGee.

An online petition has been started calling for McGee to be fired.

Ga. Senate OKs scholarship tax credit changes

Ga. Senate OKs scholarship tax credit changes

ATLANTA --The Georgia Senate has approved changes to a tax credit program that provides scholarships for children to attend private schools.

State senators voted unanimously Thursday to support the changes, which include a reporting requirement on the average household income of recipients and requires eligible students to have attended public school for at least six weeks with a few exceptions.

Under the system, people can receive state tax credits by giving nonprofit scholarship providers donations of up to $1,000 for individuals and up to $2,500 for married couples.

The Southern Education Foundation had raised concerns that donors may have been allowed to earmark donations, although supporters had argued that was prohibited under the law. The Senate bill would add language specifically prohibiting that.

Schools to spotlight nutrition during National School Breakfast Week

Schools to spotlight nutrition during National School Breakfast Week

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Schools will recognize National Breakfast Week, which will be held Mar. 4-8 this year.

The school system has planned a Be a Star with School Breakfast-themed week of events, including contests and promotions designed to emphasize that eating a healthy breakfast can help children shine like their favorite actors and athletes.

Although National School Breakfast Week is only five days long, Fulton County Schools endorses eating a healthy breakfast year-round, according to Alyssia Wright, executive director of the district's school nutrition department.

"Students have the choice of a hot or cold nutritious breakfast entree paired with a choice of fresh fruit or 100% fruit juice and a choice of skim or low-fat milks," Wright said. "Every school breakfast served meets federal nutrition standards limiting fat and portion size."

Dozens of Fulton Co. science projects move on to state competition

Dozens of Fulton Co. science projects move on to state competition

FULTON COUNTY -- The Fulton County Schools Regional Science and Engineering Fair recently showed exhibits from over 235 student scientists and engineers.

At the county competition level, 48 students won first place, allowing them to advance to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair at the University of Georgia, where they will compete at the state level. The contest is scheduled for March 21-23, the times have not yet been announced.

As reported by a Fulton County spokeswoman, the state competition includes:  


Junior Division

Sophie Spiegel – Autrey Mill Middle School

Rinnah Sanders – Bear Creek Middle School

Ashwin Rathie – Haynes Bridge Middle School

Austin Stachowski – Hopewell Middle School

Amy Pollmann – Northwestern Middle School

Hill Belfi – Ridgeview Charter School

Animesh Koratana – River Trail Middle School

Bill Zhang and Raymond Zhu – River Trail Middle School