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Fulton County Schools receives $45K SADD grant

Fulton County Schools receives $45K SADD grant

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Students Against Destructive Decisions has given Fulton County Schools a grant to help prevent drunk driving fatalities among teens.

The $45,000 gift will fund programs and activities at several Fulton County high schools, including Alpharetta, Banneker, Cambridge, Centennial, Chattahoochee, Creekside, Johns Creek, Langston Hughes, North Springs, Northview, Roswell, Tri-Cities and Westlake.

SADD said the money will help each school establish a chapter, support impaired driving prevention activities and perform at least two safety belt checks.

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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.

Fulton County's 2013 four-year graduation rate was 75.5 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.

Commissioner William "Bill" Edwards to host Education Matters

Commissioner William "Bill" Edwards to host Education Matters

WHO:           William "Bill" Edwards, Fulton County Board of Commissioners, District 7

SPECIAL GUESTS

Dr. Robert AvossaSuperintendent
Mr. Patrick Burke, Deputy Superintendent of Operations
Ms. Linda Schultz, School Board President
Ms. Linda Bryant, School Board Member, District 4
Ms. Catherine Maddox, School Board Member, District 6


WHAT:         EDUCATION MATTERS is a Town Hall Meeting for District 7 Parents & Citizens to Discuss:

-Recent Board Action to Relocate School Headquarters & Instructional Offices

-District Master Plan for Future Renovations and Additions

-SPLOST IV Update- Where Your Tax Dollars Will Go

Reward Schools: Fulton County

Reward Schools: Fulton County

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has released the 2013 list of Reward Schools throughout the state.

Reward School distinction is given in two categories.

A Highest Performance School is a Title I school, or a low-income school that receives federal funding, with the highest student performance on statewide exams over three years.

High Progress Schools are Title I schools with the most improved performance among all students on statewide exams.

Fulton County's 2013 Reward Schools include:

Highest Performance
* KIPP South Fulton Academy
* River Eves ES

High Progress
* Hapeville Charter MS
* McNair MS

Fulton Schools may tighten security

Fulton Schools may tighten security

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- State Bridge Crossing Elementary school was the sort of place where the front doors were unlocked during the day. 

Secretaries in the front office could see out the all glass front and would wave parents into the office to sign in. But that changed after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. 

After that December day, they locked the front doors for good. 

Principal Trey Martin admits it's an imperfect security system.
"We can't speak to anybody. We're just pushing the door and letting them in." 

But that could change very soon. The Fulton County School Board is voting on a measure next week that would use the funds from the education sales tax to place a locked door buzzer entryway system at the county's 100 public schools. 

School board announces October community meetings

School board announces October community meetings

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Every month, the Fulton County Board of Education holds meetings for members of the community.

The events allow Fulton County residents to have a voice in the goings-on within the school district.

October's meeting dates and locations include:

District 1
Thursday, Oct. 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Esther Jackson ES (1400 Martin Road, Roswell)

District 2
Thursday, Oct. 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Webb Bridge MS (4455 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta)

District 3
Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Tri-Cities HS (2575 Harris Street, East Point)

District 4
Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m.
Langston Hughes HS (7510 Hall Road, Fairburn)

District 5
Thursday, Oct. 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Shakerag ES (10885 Rogers Circle, Johns Creek)

District 6
Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 9:30 a.m.
S.L. Lewis ES (6201 Connell Road, College Park)