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Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

More than 2,000 JROTC cadets from 30 metro Atlanta high schools
to participate in historic fundraising effort

On Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th, visitors to metro Atlanta Kroger stores are likely to be met by a smiling, uniformed JROTC cadet with an Empty Stocking Fund logo, as more than 2,000 cadets representing 30 metro Atlanta high schools’ JROTC programs will be working outside metro Kroger stores to raise awareness of and contributions for The Empty Stocking Fund, an Atlanta-based, Atlanta-serving non-profit organization that has been providing holiday gifts to Atlanta’s neediest children since 1926. 

Confused over the Charter School Amendment?

Confused over the Charter School Amendment?

ATLANTA -- If you're confused about Amendment One on this year's general election ballot, you're not alone.

Wednesday we asked some early voters in Cobb County what they thought of the wording, which asks:

"Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"

"It was a bit confusing," said voter Brett Atkinson.

Voter Larshaun Williams said she would not have understood it without doing a lot of homework first.

"Definitely," she told 11 Alive, "I would not have known which direction to go."

Even more confusing to some is the wording of the preamble, just before the actual amendment question:

"Provides for improving student achievement and parental involvement through more public charter school options."

There's now a lawsuit claiming that preamble wording is misleading in favor of the amendment.

50 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up' to promote tolerance

50 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up' to promote tolerance

ATLANTA -- Fifty schools in Georgia were represented at this year's Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

The event, which is part of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project, encourages children to step outside their comfort zones and sit with someone new at lunch.

"When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common," Teaching Tolerance director Maureen Costello said in a statement. "Mix It Up is a positive step that can help create schools where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group."

Nearly 3,000 schools across the country took part in Mix It Up at Lunch Day on Oct. 30.

Participating Georgia schools include:

Atlanta
Galloway School
North Atlanta HS
School of Health Sciences and Research at Carver

Bibb County
Stratford Academy

Become a Fulton 'Principal for a Day'

Become a Fulton 'Principal for a Day'

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- During the week of Nov. 12, Fulton County's principals will "hand over the keys" to a series of new principals from throughout the community.

The school system's annual Principal for a Day program puts local business and community leaders in the driver's seat at schools across the county. The temporary principals perform all the duties of the permanent ones, including staff meetings, parent conferences, classroom observations, lunchroom and carpool duties, and all the unexpected events in between.

To become a principal for a day, visit fultonschools.org.

The Principal for a Day program coincides with American Education Week, which is sponsored every year by the National Education Association.

Premier Academy hosts golf tournament to provide scholarships for low-income families

Premier Academy hosts golf tournament to provide scholarships for low-income families

ATLANTA -- Premier Academy, Inc. will host its annual 2012 Legacy Golf Tournament, providing scholarships for low-income families of preschoolers on Friday, October 26th at Browns Mill Golf Course 480 Cleveland Avenue, Atlanta GA 30354 starting with continental breakfast and shotgun beginning at 8:30am. The cost to participate is $100 per person or $400 per team with proceeds to provide scholarships for early education for low-income families.

Ga. charter school advocates join forces with supporters of the film 'Won't Back Down'

Ga. charter school advocates join forces with supporters of the film 'Won't Back Down'

ATLANTA -- Parents "won't back down" from school choice.

South Fulton SAT scores released

South Fulton SAT scores released

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The average SAT scores for Georgia's Class of 2012 were released Monday.

According to the results, which were posted by the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia's graduating seniors scored an average of 1452 out of 2400 on the test.

Westlake High in Atlanta had the area's highest average SAT score, at 1316.

The score breakdown of South Fulton County's high schools is as follows:

Banneker HS
92 students took the SAT in 2012
Overall: 1160
Critical Reading: 391
Math: 389
Writing: 380

Creekside HS
158 students took the SAT in 2012
Overall: 1250
Critical Reading: 413
Math: 420
Writing: 417

Langston Hughes HS
260 students took the SAT in 2012
Overall: 1231
Critical Reading: 418
Math: 404
Writing: 409