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First week back goes well for DeKalb students
Aug. 11 marked the first day back to school for DeKalb County students and according to principals at Montgomery Elementary in Brookhaven, Peachtree Charter Middle in Dunwoody and Tucker High in Tu...
August 19, 2014 11:16 AM | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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State board of education public hearing in Dunwoody Tuesday
The State Board of Education will hold a public hearing for citizens in the sixth congressional district Tuesday, Aug. 19. The meeting will be from 7 to 8 p.m. at Dunwoody High School, 5035 Vermack...
August 15, 2014 12:05 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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New charter school incorporates learning for autistic, general education students
A new, public charter school in DeKalb County is starting the 2014-15 school year with a mission — to offer an engaging and individualized learning environment for students on the autism spectrum a...
August 12, 2014 01:06 PM | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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DeKalb school system to buy more school buses for $5M
At a DeKalb County Board of Education business meeting last week, enhancements to transportation and the purchase of additional school buses as well as the school year readiness report, were topics...
August 12, 2014 11:06 AM | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Plans for Brookhaven charter school gain momentum
The Brookhaven community is hoping for more school choice when it comes to educating children who reside within its borders. As a result, the Brookhaven Innovation Academy has taken root and is awa...
August 12, 2014 10:35 AM | 1 1 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Bishop kicks-off school supply drive for kids in need
The Bishop, Avondale Estates’ new neighborhood restaurant and bar, invites guests to dine and donate school supplies for Kids in Need this week. A program of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Kids i...
August 05, 2014 11:34 AM | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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SACS: DeKalb school district is making ‘material progress’
The DeKalb County School District continues to make “material progress” in confronting recent challenges and in completing “required actions” mandated by the Southern Association of Colleges and Sc...
August 05, 2014 11:32 AM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thurmond talks charter status, upgrades to facilities for DeKalb schools
Not only will there be slightly more students and teachers inhabiting DeKalb County schools, but many will see some key upgrades inside the buildings. Superintendent Michael Thurmond said the distr...
August 05, 2014 11:22 AM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Teacher support up in DeKalb schools
Perhaps no one is looking forward to the new school year for DeKalb County students more than Superintendent Michael Thurmond. Projected student enrollment is at 100,563, an increase of 676 student...
August 05, 2014 11:12 AM | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Two new members elected to DeKalb school board
Residents will see two, new faces on the DeKalb County Board of Education beginning in January. In District 1, which covers parts of Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville, Stan Jester ran un...
August 05, 2014 10:52 AM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Georgia, four other states get one-year ESEA extension
President Barack Obama’s administration Thursday announced five states — Delaware, Georgia, Minnesota, New York and South Carolina — have received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain ...
July 31, 2014 07:11 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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DeKalb voters keep Mann as sheriff, decide school board seats
The results are in for the July 22 runoff elections in DeKalb County. In the special election sheriff’s race for the county, incumbent Jeff Mann gained 40,537 of the total 53,090 votes sweeping the...
July 22, 2014 11:26 PM | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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State complying with new law on school fundraisers
In response to new federal school nutrition regulations, State School Superintendent John Barge and the Georgia Board of Education Friday announced they are initiating the rule-making process to am...
July 20, 2014 11:22 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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DeKalb school tax rate to remain the same
The DeKalb Board of Education approved last week a resolution for a tax levy to keep the property tax rate the same at 23.98 mills as it was last year. The meeting was the third and final required ...
July 15, 2014 12:36 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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DeKalb school district hosts surplus auctions
The DeKalb County School District has authorized the sale of county surplus by auction. This surplus consists of furniture, materials, equipment, vehicles and supplies from the various schools and ...
July 10, 2014 10:32 AM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ga. students struggle on algebra, geometry tests
Georgia students continue to struggle with tougher math exams. State education officials released the results on Wednesday. About 65 percent of Georgia students didn't meet state standards for anal...
July 02, 2014 12:29 PM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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New training program comes to Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Georgia Piedmont Technical College in DeKalb County is establishing the first transit training program in Georgia and its transit training facility, at the Lithonia campus, will be upgraded and exp...
July 01, 2014 10:23 AM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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DeKalb graduates honored for overcoming adversity, receive scholarships
A group of local teenagers, who have suffered difficult circumstances in their young lives, recently gathered for the Simon Scholars Annual Awards Banquet — celebrating the beginning of a journey t...
June 12, 2014 12:42 PM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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State's eighth-graders fare better on CRCT
The percentage of Georgia’s eighth-graders exceeding standards in all content-area Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) increased this year, including an 8 percent increase in reading, the ...
June 12, 2014 10:59 AM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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$800 million budget top topic at DeKalb school board meeting
Last week during a public forum session, citizens addressed the DeKalb County School Board with a mixture of praise for Superintendent Michael Thurmond and the system for accomplishing many goals s...
June 11, 2014 10:46 AM | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Resident earns scholarship through Boys & Girls Club
Jackie Jackson said she firmly believes in the work of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. She began working at its headquarters in Atlanta nine years ago. Originally, she sought out a job there bec...
June 03, 2014 09:55 AM | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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THAT'S A WRAP: DeKalb, Decatur schools finish school year
As the 2013-14 school year draws to a close, the DeKalb County School District and City Schools of Decatur are in the midst of planning for the 2014-15 school year, but also reflecting on the accom...
June 03, 2014 09:37 AM | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marist hosts ribbon cutting for new building
Last week the Marist School in Brookhaven held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new, three-story, 55,000-square-foot addition. The new building, called the Ivy Street Center — a nod to the school’s ...
May 27, 2014 09:49 AM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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DeKalb's 2014 valedictorians and salutatorians
Editor’s note: The City Schools of Decatur valedictorian and salutatorian names were not released by press time. Arabia Mountain – Magnet Valedictorian: Dallas Turner Salutatorian: Amera Dixon Arab...
May 20, 2014 10:16 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chamblee Charter High’s valedictorian graduates on a high note
Chamblee Charter High School’s valedictorian, Lizaremi Luna-Sousa, said planning, working hard and being involved in an array of diverse activities both in and outside of the classroom has helped h...
May 20, 2014 08:56 AM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Students, parents say goodbye to Heiskell School
Preschool students and their parents said goodbye to the Heiskell School in Buckhead Friday. The Christian school for children in preschool through eighth grade announced in January it is closing t...
May 16, 2014 01:14 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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2+2=What? Parents rail against Common Core math
An Iowa woman jokingly calls it "Satan's handiwork." A California mom says she's broken down in tears. A Pennsylvania parent says it "makes my blood boil." What could be so horrible? Grade-school m...
May 15, 2014 12:34 PM | 1 1 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sixteen Gates Millennium scholars recognized in DeKalb
In DeKalb County, sixteen graduating seniors were recently recognized as receiving the Gates Millennium Scholarship. The 2014 DeKalb scholars are: -Arabia Mountain HS — Njeri Bennett, Amera Dixon, ...
May 13, 2014 09:58 AM | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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St. Martin’s Episcopal teacher starts knitting club for students
A Brookhaven teacher is encouraging students to have fun, learn a skill and give back to the community through a new knitting club. Nena Allen, an art teacher at St. Martin’s Episcopal school, star...
May 06, 2014 11:12 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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DeKalb schools below state CCRPI, Decatur above
According to the recently released College and Career Ready Performance Index, the DeKalb County School District falls below the state average, while the City Schools of Decatur exceed it. The inde...
May 06, 2014 11:06 AM | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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