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Georgia Tech ranks #3 for smartest students


ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech is ranked No. 3 on a new list of "The 20 Public Colleges with the Smartest Students" compiled by Business Insider.

Says BI, "With the rapidly rising price of college tuition, many top students are realizing you don't need to pay an arm and a leg for a quality education, and that state schools are just as great."

BI says it compiled the ranking based on Niche's lists of smartest girls and smartest guys.

According to Niche's website, it provides in-depth reviews and analysis on colleges and K-12 schools in the United States. Founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students as College Prowler, the company has since grown into one of the largest content startups in the country, Niche says.

The Top 10 schools on the list are:

1) College of William and Mary

2) University of California, Berkeley

Fulton County Workforce Investment Act Board to meet Thursday

Fulton County Workforce Investment Act Board to meet Thursday

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Workforce Preparation and Employment System – Workforce Investment Act Board (FCWPES-WIA) will meet Thursday, March 27, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will be held in Room 242 at the Adamsville Regional Health Center, 3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta.

The FCWPES-WIA Board oversees activities related to providing an environment that supports a skilled and trained workforce and to creating innovative programs that serve the changing needs of employers and the business community.

WIA helps Georgia move toward a comprehensive, customer-focused workforce investment system where Job Seeker and Employer customers alike can access a wide range of workforce-related tools and information needed to manage their work activities. Services are provided through a network of One-Stop Centers statewide.

Ga. Race to the Top 'Year Three' Report

Ga. Race to the Top 'Year Three' Report

(WXIA) -- The U.S. Department of Education recently released its "Year Three" Report for the 12 states participating in the Race to the Top grant initiative.

Educational practices and successes in Georgia were highlighted throughout the report.

"We have taken on some major initiatives and our success is a direct reflection of the collaborative efforts between our department, other education agencies and the hundreds of participating teachers, principals and district leaders around our state," Dr. Susan Andrews, Deputy Superintendent of Race to the Top Implementation in Georgia, said in a release.

"While educational reform work is never easy, we are pleased with the significant progress that our state has made as reflected in this report," Andrews added.

Some highlights from the report include:

* Nearly 300 Georgia teachers were placed in state public schools from alternative certification programs.

APS moves to prosecute parents who falsified documents


ATLANTA – Atlanta Public School Superintendent Erroll Davis said Friday that the school system was moving to prosecute parents who falsified documents involving the recruitment of athletes at Grady High School.

Grady sanctioned by the Ga High School Association


ATLANTA-- The Georgia High School Association will sanction Grady High School after an investigation uncovered falsified residency records.

In a statement released Tuesday, GHSA Executive Director Dr. Ralph Swearngin said their examination focused on determining if any eligibility rules had been violated. Under those rules, "students establishing eligibility as 9th graders are automatically eligible for the first semester". So, not all students named in the initial Atlanta Public Schools investigation violated GHSA rules. They found four students transferred to Grady High School without living in the attendance area. Because of those violations, Grady now faces the following sanctions:

Design revealed for $650M trio of Midtown towers


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ATLANTA -- For the first time, a New York development group has revealed plans publicly for one of Midtown Atlanta's most stunning projects.

The team — Olympia Heights Management LLC, Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. and Acquitectonica — presented the project March 11 to Midtown planners. It would develop nearly 2 million square feet of high-rise residential towers, stores, restaurants, and a hotel on about 4 acres.

Expect heavy spring break traffic this weekend

Expect heavy spring break traffic this weekend

(WXIA) -- Many colleges and universities will begin their spring breaks this weekend, which may contribute to heavier traffic than usual on metro Atlanta roads.

In addition to more people on the road, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be out and about, working on scheduled projects.

GDOT engineer Shun Pringle said the largest project will be sign installation on Georgia 400 south between Peachtree Road and Sidney Marcus Boulevard. One right lane will be closed daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Work will also continue on the Ga. 400/Interstate 85 Interchange project. Several roads will be affected all weekend, including Cheshire Bridge Road, Sidney Marcus Boulevard and the Buford-Spring Connector.

From 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly, three lanes in both directions of I-285 will be closed for sign replacements between Riverside Drive and Peachtree Dunwoody Road.