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Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is making it easier for families to pay for college by holding two scholarship giveaways.

The deadline to enter both contests is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mitch Seabaugh, director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said the two sweepstakes are designed to encourage families to start saving for college while their children are still very young.

"If 10,000 more Georgia families start saving for college, that's 10,000 more children who will have a head start toward achieving their dream when they graduate from high school," he said in a statement.

Seabaugh added that the sweepstakes also benefit young students because they provide money for schools and libraries.

The first contest -- the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes -- will gives $10,529 to two lucky winners: a current Path2College account holder and a non-account holder. The two winners' schools will each receive $10,529.

Fulton County Health Services to sponsor back to school immunization rush sites

Fulton County Health Services to sponsor back to school immunization rush sites

ATLANTA -- The new school year is set to start August 12, 2013 for Fulton County Public Schools and August 7th for Atlanta Public Schools. The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness will kick-off the Back to School Immunization Rush on Monday, July 29, 2013.  This year's immunization and vision and hearing screenings will be held at three points of dispensing (PODS).

“On July 29, our Nursing Division will focus on giving vaccinations, eye-ear-dental screenings and the required certifications for children to attend school,” says Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services. 

Accepted Forms of Payment include: Visa and Mastercard, Cash, Medicaid, United HealthCare and CIGNA. For financial assistance, clients must present proof of income. Non-Fulton County residence will be charged the full fee for services.

First days of school in metro Atlanta

First days of school in metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- It's only mid-July, but many metro Atlanta students are preparing to head back to school.

Monday, July 15 is the first day of the 2013-14 school year for children at three Atlanta schools -- Boyd, Centennial Place and Hutchinson elementary schools -- and the Elite Scholars Academy in Clayton County.

RELATED | Year-round school begins Monday

In Atlanta Public Schools with traditional calendars, the first day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Other school start dates throughout north Georgia include:

Thursday, Aug. 1
Decatur City
Paulding County

Friday, Aug. 2
Newton County

Monday, Aug. 5
Cherokee County
Floyd County
Henry County

Tuesday, Aug. 6
Coweta County

Year-Round school opens today in Atlanta

Year-Round school opens today in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- It's the first day of school for students in several metro Atlanta Year-round schools.

The idea of just having a six or seven week summer break grew in popularity a few years ago, but while some schools have abandoned the idea. A few schools still find it works for them.

In the Atlanta Public Schools, there are three year-round schools: Boyd Elementary, Centennial Place Elementary and Hutchinson Elementary Schools.

Clayton County has one year-round school, Elite Scholars Academy, a charter school.

Last week, the school's leadership team met to start preparing for 300 middle and high school students. The school has a good academic record

During the 2012-2013 school year, on the state's new accountability system, the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), Elite Scholars middle school was one of only two schools in the state to score 100 percent. The high school scored 80 percent.

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

ATLANTA -- Georgia's results for the 2013 CRCT reveal an improvement over the 2012 results.

The scores, which were released Tuesday morning, show 18 increases, five decreases and seven tests where the passing rates did not change.

"Our results this year on the CRCT show consistent progress and we continue to see many students scoring in the exceeds category," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "This is a testament to the great work our teachers are doing to take students to higher levels of learning."

In Atlanta Public Schools, the percentages of students who met or exceeded standards on the 2013 CRCT include:

Reading: 85.18
Math: 66.43
Science: 66.36
Social Studies: 74.92

See the full results at 11Alive.com/CRCT.

APS searching for new superintendent

APS searching for new superintendent

ATLANTA -- The search is on for a new Atlanta Public Schools superintendent.

A search committee has been tasked with bringing the best and brightest person to Atlanta to lead the troubled district.

Errol Davis currently has the job, but on an interim basis. He was hired after Beverly hall resigned two years ago.

Monday night, the committee held the last of a series of community meetings, focus groups and online surveys to engage the public in discussing what they want in a superintendent. Committee members said it's important to involve the community in the search.

"This is a community position. There is nothing -- and I say that again -- nothing more important to our community than the children, their success in education and having a leader that can carry that for us," search committee chair Ann Cramer said.

58 Georgia educators earn "Master Teacher" certification

58 Georgia educators earn "Master Teacher" certification

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced on Tuesday that 58 educators of Georgia schools have earned the "Master Teacher" certification. 

The certification is based on how each teacher demonstrated excellence in student achievement and growth across the 2013 academic year, reported a spokesperson from the Governor's office. 

The "Master Teacher" program began in 2005 with the help of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. A Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) measured classroom performance and academic growth, along with the teachers' professional practice. 

The "Master Teacher" certification lasts seven years, and as long as they qualify, teachers can renew their certificates. 

Kelly Henson, Executive Secretary for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission said, "The 2013 Master Teachers join a group of Georgia's highly skilled and dedicated educators who share a passion for teaching and student learning."