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APS students improve on CRCT

APS students improve on CRCT

ATLANTA -- Students in Atlanta Public Schools improved their performance in 20 of the 30 grade and subject areas tested by the Criterion Reference Competency Test (CRCT) in 2011.

These gains exceeded state improvements in 15 of the 30 areas. School leaders attribute them to increased rigor and curriculum focus in reading, math and social studies.

"These student achievement gains came admist improvements to APS testing administration and security policies, procedures and protocols for both the 2010 and 2011 CRCT exams," said superintendent Dr. Beverly L. Hall.

New state student loan program to start Monday

New state student loan program to start Monday

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia students can now apply for low-interest loans aimed to help families that need extra help paying for college.

State lawmakers set aside $20 million this year for the program as part of an overhaul to the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship that cut back the awards for most students. But according to lawmakers, fewer than 6,000 students will get loans.

Tim Connell, president of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, said the average loan award will be $3,500 with a maximum award of $10,000. If requests exceed the money available, a computer will randomly select who gets loans.

Loans will have a 1 percent interest rate. To qualify, students must graduate high school with a 2.5 GPA and maintain at least a 2.0 in college.

2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Georgia parents have two new opportunities to begin saving for their kids' college educations.

The Path2College 529 Plan is giving significant college contributions to two lucky Georgia children through its Newborn Sweepstakes and Destination College Savings Sweepstakes.

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal is an advocate of the latter program, which she helped launch during her Read Across Georgia tour last month.

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Through the Newborn Sweepstakes, one Georgia baby born between Jan. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2011 will be awarded $5,529 toward a Path2College 529 Plan.

The Ken Ford Foundation Honored as Trailblazing 21st Century Leaders

The Ken Ford Foundation Honored as Trailblazing 21st Century Leaders

 

The DeKalb Technical College Foundation (DTCF) is kicking off its second “Investing in Dreams” Gala, on Friday, June 10, 2011 at the newly-constructed, state-of-the-art, DeKalb Technical College Conference Center, located at 495 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston, Georgia. This event is created to pay tribute to selected individuals and organizations that are making significant contributions to education and impact in their surrounding communities.

Electric Violinist Ken Ford and the six-member board of directors of The Ken Ford Foundation is one of the seven recipients of the 2011 Investing in Dreams Award.  The Foundation is being honored for its contributions to promote education and music advocacy in our communities and schools through their community projects.

Regents take action to help students transfer college credits

Regents take action to help students transfer college credits

ATLANTA -- The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) has approved a policy change designed to further enhance postsecondary completion in Georgia.

This change will allow additional courses from the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) to transfer to all of the USG's 35 degree-granting institutions.

While hundreds of courses currently transfer from TCSG colleges to individual USG schools, only credits in five TCSG core courses are transferable to all USG campuses:

* Math
* Algebra
* Pre-calculus
* English composition (two courses)

The Board's action adds five TCSG courses in American literature, psychology, economics, sociology and public speaking to that list.

"Our action is good news for Georgia's students," said Board chairman Willis Potts.

APS board moves forward with superintendent search

APS board moves forward with superintendent search

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Board of Education will hold an Emergency Legislative Meeting on Tuesday concerning their ongoing superintendent search.

The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at the Center for Learning and Leadership Auditorium at 130 Trinity Avenue in Downtown Atlanta.

No details have been released, but a board spokesman has said action may be taken and they may go into executive session.

Tech's Bradley Taken 15th Overall by Brewers

Tech's Bradley Taken 15th Overall by Brewers

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech junior left-hander Jed Bradley was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers Monday with the 15 overall pick of the 2011 Major League Baseball First Year Player draft.

Bradley is just the third Georgia Tech pitcher to ever to be selected in the first round, joining Deck McGuire -- who was picked 11th overall by the Toronto Blue Jays last season - and former hurler Kevin Brown. Brown was taken seventh overall by the Texas Rangers in 1986.

Bradley is the school's 10th overall first-round selection and seventh under head coach Danny Hall.