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Georgia BOE approves math changes

Georgia BOE approves math changes

ATLANTA -- The State Board of Education has approved a recommendation made by School Superintendent Dr. John D. Barge to allow four discrete math courses to be taught to certain students.

"We have many students who are currenty struggling with the integrated approach to the math curriculum," said Dr. Barge. "I applaud the State Board's action to approve my recommendation to give students more options to master our rigorous math standards."

The four new courses are:

* GPS Algebra
* GPS Geometry
* GPS Advanced Algebra
* GPS Pre-Calculus

In addition, the State Board also allowed the three Math Support classes to count as core classes instead of elective credits.

Paulding County students are well-read

Paulding County students are well-read

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- Two schools from Paulding County have been recognized for hosting world-class book fairs.

Union Elementary in Temple won second place in the Fall 2010 Scholastic National Book Fair Contest.

The fair's theme was "Creatures of the Night," which tied into the science curriculum and its lessons about noctural animals. The school received $1,000 in Scholastic vouchers to order more books for its media center.

Union is the first elementary school in Paulding County to place in the national competition.

However, McClure Middle School in Dallas has placed in every national book fair that it has entered.

During the 2008-2009 school year, the school placed second during both the fall and spring competitions.

Americans for Prosperity Launch School Choice Advocacy Tour

Americans for Prosperity Launch School Choice Advocacy Tour

ROME, GA -- Americans for Prosperity is launching a school choice advocacy effort with a statewide tour to educate parents about the benefits of educational choice in Georgia.

The group's first stop will be Tuesday, Mar. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Berry United Methodist Church (4900 Martha Berry Highway, Rome, 30165).

The tour will feature a series of screenings of a documentary, The Cartel, followed by town hall-style panel discussions about the issue. Panelists invited to the Rome event include Georgia Senator Barry Loudermilk, Floyd County Board of Education district chair Terry Williamson and Dr.

CTC Named Sixth Largest College in Georgia

CTC Named Sixth Largest College in Georgia

MARIETTA, GA -- Chattahoochee Technical College is now the sixth largest college or university in Georgia, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Already the largest technical college in Georgia, CTC moved up the annual list one spot, bypassing Emory University in Atlanta.

"Our enrollment has been continuing to grow over the last several quarters," said CTC president Dr. Sanford Chandler. "This growth is an exciting challenge for us in our efforts to meet student needs."

Home to more than 13,000 students during both fall and winter quarters, CTC expects enrollment to top 15,000 to 20,000 for fiscal year 2011.

The college offers more than 100 programs at the degree, diploma and certificate levels through its six-county service delivery area.

Georgia Senator Encourages Students to Enter Holocaust Contest

Georgia Senator Encourages Students to Enter Holocaust Contest

ROSWELL, GA -- Georgia Senator John Albers (R-Roswell) recently announced his desire for middle and high school students to enter the annual statewide Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.

Sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Education, the contest's theme is "What Are the Lessons of the Holocaust?" The program began in 1995; this is the first year that the contest will include a Music category.

"These contests are a great educational tool that inspires students to take the initiative to learn more about a critical time in our history," said Sen. Albers. "This program is a great example of the kind of creativity our schools need to truly engage students.

CTC to Offer Free COMPASS Placement Testing

CTC to Offer Free COMPASS Placement Testing

DALLAS, GA -- Paulding County high school students who are interested in earning some early college credit have the opportunity to take a free placement test this spring.

The Paulding campus of Chattahoochee Technical College (400 Nathan Dean Boulevard, Dallas, 30132) will host the COMPASS Placement Test, which allows high school students to apply for dual/joint enrollment, Accel or Move on When Ready Programs, and to take college courses in the fall of 2011.

The initial COMPASS test will be offered on Wednesday, Apr. 27 at 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

CTC Experiences Enrollment Climb, Opens New Campus

CTC Experiences Enrollment Climb, Opens New Campus

MARIETTA, GA -- With another quarter underway, preliminary numbers show even more growth for Chattahoochee Technical College, Georgia's largest technical school.

Now with eight campuses, CTC has registered approximately 13,200 students for classes in over 100 certificate, diploma and associate degree programs.

Numbers are hovering just below the record enrollment of 13,470 that the school saw in Fall 2010. The current number is already 14% more than January 2010, when 11,365 students were enrolled in classes.

"The slow economy continues to push the surge in enrollment as new students seek to improve their job outlook," said CTC president Dr. Sanford Chandler. "It is an exciting time to be here and seeing these thousands of students taking steps to reach their goals in terms of education and career development."