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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

Beverly Hall testifies in pre-trial hearing

Beverly Hall testifies in pre-trial hearing

ATLANTA -- Former Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall took the stand during a pre-trial hearing Wednesday.

Hall is among 34 educators charged in a system-wide test cheating scandal.

PHOTOS | Indicted APS educators

Hall's attorneys filed a motion to throw out information she gave to investigators looking into the cheating. Hall testified that she feared losing her job if she did not cooperate.

Defense attorneys argued the statements Hall gave were coerced because of her fear of termination. But Judge Jerry Baxter disagreed and denied the motion.

Reward Schools: Atlanta Public Schools

Reward Schools: Atlanta Public Schools

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 Performing 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.

Atlanta Public Schools' 2013 Reward Schools include:

Highest Performance
* Early College High School at Carver
* Charles R. Drew Charter School
* Inman MS
* West Manor ES

High Progress
* Early College High School at Carver
* Booker T. Washington Early College Small School
* KIPP STRIVE Academy
* Charles R. Drew Charter School
* South Atlanta Law and Social Justice School

Reframing 'Black is Beautiful' lecture at Spelman College

Reframing 'Black is Beautiful' lecture at Spelman College

ATLANTA -- The Spelman College Museum  of Fine Art, in partnership with the Spelman College Ida B. Wells-Barnett Distinguished Lecture Series  and Atlanta Celebrates Photography, presents the lecture Reframing "Black is Beautiful," with Deborah Willis, Ph.D., chair and professor of Photography and Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

The lecture will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17 at Spelman College Cosby Academic Center Auditorium, 350 Spelman Lane SW, Atlanta.

LénaBlou and Trilogie Dance Company Master Classes at Spelman Oct. 7

LénaBlou and Trilogie Dance Company Master Classes at Spelman Oct. 7

ATLANTA -- Spelman College Departments of Drama and Dance, World Languages and Literature, African Diaspora and the World and the Office of President present internationally renowned choreographer, activist, scholar, historian, educator, and Knight of the Legion of Honour LénaBlou and Trilogie Dance Company, from Guadeloupe and France, in residence at Spelman College on Oct. 7, 2013.

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

ATLANTA -- There was little change in SAT scores between Georgia's Class of 2013 and Class of 2012, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

About 75 percent of Georgia's high school seniors took the SAT in 2013, compared to 43 percent nationally. Georgia students earned a collective score of 1452 out of 2400 -- the same score as last year. The national average is 1498.

Overall, Georgia's senior increased two points in critical reading and decreased two points in math. The overall writing score stayed the same from 2012 to 2013. About 36 percent of Georgia's test takers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.

Superintendent names Student Advisory Council members

Superintendent names Student Advisory Council members

ATLANTA -- State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge has selected 50 students from across Georgia to serve on his 2013-14 Student Advisory Council.

More than 700 teens applied to join this year's council, which was formed to give young people a voice in how their classrooms are organized.

"Having student input during the policy-making process is invaluable," Barge said in a statement. "The students are ultimately the ones impacted by our work, and I want them to share their ideas and concerns as we address many critical issues."

The council will meet three times this school year to discuss how state policies have an impact in their classrooms. They will also serve as the superintendent's ambassadors to their respective schools.

A number of the Student Advisory Council members are from metro Atlanta, including: