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Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

ATLANTA -- State lawmakers are planning to meet next week to hammer out solutions for more than a dozen charter schools that face closing after a Georgia Supreme Court ruled the state commission that created them is unconstitutional.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Fran Millar said the meeting is set for June 3 at 10 a.m. at the Capitol. The Atlanta Republican says the goal is to make sure the 16,000 students enrolled in the schools have an "education setting that meets their needs" when school starts this fall.

Millar has invited several state officials, including state schools Superintendent John Barge and Mark Peevy, executive director of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission.

 

Chattahoochee Tech graduation is June 16

Chattahoochee Tech graduation is June 16

ATLANTA -- Chattahoochee Technical College is gearing up for its spring graduation ceremony.

Approximately 1,200 students will graduate at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 16 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

This year's featured speaker will be Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens.

Charter school law declared unconstitutional

Charter school law declared unconstitutional

ATLANTA -- A Georgia law that cleared the way for a surge in new charter schools was struck down by the state's top court in a high-profile decision that will affect thousands of students and could reshape how the state's public school system is funded.

The Georgia Supreme Court's 4-3 decision on Monday overturned the 2008 Georgia Charter Schools Commission Act, which allowed the state to approve and fund charter schools over the objection of local school boards.

LOCAL PROFILE: Cobb County Summer Reading Program

LOCAL PROFILE: Cobb County Summer Reading Program

MARIETTA, Ga. – Although, local schools are on the cusp of summer recess students in the area will, no longer, be able to use summer as an excuse to impede on their enrichment. The Cobb County Library System is sponsoring their annual summer reading programming for this year on June 1. The county offers programs for adults, teens and children.

Children interested in participating in the children’s reading program will start the program with a folder of information and their choice of a book. Participants will be awarded stickers, certificates and other gifts from completing the program, at the end of the summer. Teens are to write alternative-style book reviews about the books they read. Teens and adults will be vying for gift certificates and other gifts for their participation in the program.

The system will, also, be hosting a number of other programs during the summer, including: Reading Paws, their GIANT Celebration, The WestFest, 4-H and many others.

Paulding seniors prepare for life after high school

Paulding seniors prepare for life after high school

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Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents has announced a hike in both tuition and fees for Georgia's state colleges and universities during a meeting Tuesday.

"It's highly likely that tuition will have to increase to meet the needs of the students and to meet the student growth we have experienced," said Regents executive John Millsaps before the meeting.

The tuition hike comes close on the heels of a major overhual of the popular HOPE scholarship program which means students will be left to pay the rising costs of college in the state.

State representative Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, who played a major role in revamping the HOPE scholarship, says tough choices had to be made to keep the program afloat financially.

"Students are still getting one of the best values in the country," State Rep. Collins said. "We feel like we've done what we needed to do to keep a program solvent for future generations.