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State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Revenue stamped its approval on $50 million in donations under the Georgia Scholarship Tax Credit Program.

The program lets people and businesses get tax credit for donations to scholarships for Georgia children to attend private schools.

Fifty million dollars is the most allowed under the program. In 2012, the statewide cap on donations will increase by the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index until 2018.

Individuals can donate up to $1,000, while married couples have a donation cap of $2,500. Corporations can donate up to 75 percent of their state income tax liability.

The American Federation for Children estimated more than 6,000 students last year got scholarships to attend private schools through the program.

New program aims to raise Ga. college graduation rates

New program aims to raise Ga. college graduation rates

ATLANTA -- The state Board of Regents has approved a plan to increase the number of students who finish college.

The board approved the "Complete College Georgia" initiative during a meeting Wednesday to address statistics showing that 42 percent of adults in the state have some kind of education past high school.

The plan calls for more cooperation between the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia. It also will focus on helping Georgia's public schools produce more college-ready graduates.

The plan must also be approved by the Technical College System of Georgia before it is presented to the governor's office. It is part of a $1 million grant Georgia received in August from the Complete College America Foundation.

Watts named interim president of Georgia Highlands

Watts named interim president of Georgia Highlands

ROME, Ga. -- Rob Watts has been named interim president of Georgia Highlands College in Rome.

Watts will assume the presidency in January after current president Randy Pierce retires. Watts served as interim president from 2000 until Pierce was appointed in 2001, back when the school was called Floyd College.

"Rob is one of the University System's most experienced leaders, given his responsibilities at the System Office as well as leadership roles at three other institutions," said USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby. "We are extremely fortunate to be able to call upon his skills in this important assignment at Georgia Highlands."

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

ATLANTA -- State officials have re-opened the pool for $10 million in low interest student loans. 

Lawmakers had set aside $20 million to help families after an overhaul of the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship took effect this summer.

Only about 5,200 students applied for the loans during the initial application period, which ended in July.

The Georgia Student Finance Authority has now re-opened the application process for the remaining $10 million in available loans.

Students have until Oct. 31 to apply for the Student Access Loan Program. 

For applications and details, visit GAcollege411's website.

Shelton Elementary students 'flip' for books

Shelton Elementary students 'flip' for books

DALLAS, Ga. -- Students at Shelton Elementary School in Dallas are "flipping" for their book fair.

"This year, the [book fair] theme was a carnival," said school media specialist Cathy Mattocks. "And I thought, that is the perfect time to really go all out and show kids how much fun reading can be."

To get the children excited about buying and reading their own books, school officials organized a special dinner where chefs flipped pancakes from the griddle and on students' plates.

"Our goal is to put books in their hands and also get them to read and realize what great fun it can be," Mattocks said.

Watch footage of the pancake flip and an interview with Mattocks here.

Chattahoochee Tech moving closer to gaining police department

Chattahoochee Tech moving closer to gaining police department

JASPER, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Technical College has moved one step closer to gaining its own police department.

Public safety officers from all eight of the school's campuses met in Jasper this week to be sworn in as official police department members.

CTC director of public safety Willis Wade said the training and expectations of the new police officers will be much higher.

"The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff are paramount," Wade said. "That will remain the case as we transition into a fully active police department."

As one of his final official duties as CTC president, Dr. Sanford Chandler administered the oath to the 16 officers who will join the department.

"We're very grateful for the support and assistance provided by Dr. Chandler and the executive staff of the college.

LearningRx Raises Awareness by Hosting a Free Educational Event During National ADHD Awareness Month

LearningRx Raises Awareness by Hosting a Free Educational Event During National ADHD Awareness Month

Kennesaw, GA, September 28, 2011  – Brain training provides a powerful, proven way to permanently reduce or eliminate the need for ADHD medication. The brain training experts at LearningRx say it’s a solution that parents need to learn about this National ADHD Awareness Month. On Thursday, September 29th at 6:30PM, LearningRx will host a free educational event on ADHD. Guest speaker will be Dr. Clark Cantrell of Summit Pediatrics in Marietta who will discuss ADHD and the treatment options.

“So many people still don’t know that brain training can often bring life-long relief from the stresses and struggles of ADHD,” says LearningRx Kennesaw Director Kristen Thompson. “Medication can simply mask the symptoms with a short-term fix, and the need for medication, intervention and accommodation returns.