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School board announces January community meetings

School board announces January community meetings

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each member of the Fulton County Board of Education sponsors a monthly meeting open to all members of the community.

The sessions provide an opportunity for direct contact with community members and give board members a chance to listen to local issues and concerns.

Board members have set the following meeting dates for January:

District 1 (Linda Schultz)
District 7 (Julia Bernath)
Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 9:30 a.m.
Holcomb Bridge Middle School (2700 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta)

District 2 (Katie Reeves)
Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 9:30 a.m.
Northwestern Middle School (12805 Birmingham Highway, Alpharetta)

District 3 (Gail Dean)
Thursday, Jan. 12 at 9:30 a.m.
North Springs Charter High School (7447 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs)

State looking at repealing education spending law

State looking at repealing education spending law

TUCKER, Ga. -- Georgia is considering throwing out a law requiring 65 percent of state funding to be spent in public school classrooms.

A state commission tasked with overhauling how Georgia funds K-12 education voted Wednesday to draw up legislation repealing the unpopular law. The move is part of a larger effort to update the state's educational laws, known as Title 20.

The law was passed in 2006 as part of a national push to make sure schools were spending taxpayer dollars in the classroom, not the principal's office, to help boost student achievement. But state officials say the law hasn't impacted student performance and hamstrings schools.

The education finance commission began meeting in June 2011 after state lawmakers passed a bill calling for the state to study education funding.

Metro Atlanta heads back to school this week

Metro Atlanta heads back to school this week

ATLANTA -- Although four Georgia mountain counties found themselves with an extra day of winter break due to weather, most of metro Atlanta began heading back to school Tuesday.

Cherokee, Gwinnett and Henry counties resumed classes on Jan. 3.

Medlock Bridge Elementary students raise $250 for Mimosa Elementary

Medlock Bridge Elementary students raise $250 for Mimosa Elementary

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- A third grade class at Medlock Bridge Elementary School in Johns Creek recently learned how good it feels to give to their neighbors.

The students in Ms. Serafin's class collected more than $250 in gift cards for the children who attend their sister school, Mimosa Elementary, in Roswell.

In order to raise the money, students performed work around their houses, helping their parents during the busy holiday season. Their parents paid them for their efforts, and the students set aside a portion of their earnings for their friends at Mimosa.

The gift card collection tied in perfect to Ms. Serafin's students' lessons in economics.

Hardship transfer applications available Jan. 4

Hardship transfer applications available Jan. 4

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- Parents who wish to apply for or renew a hardship transfer will get the opportunity to do so in January.

Hardship transfer applications for Fulton County elementary, middle and high schools will be available beginning Wednesday, Jan. 4 and are due by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Absolutely no exceptions or extensions will be granted.

The deadline applies to students and parents looking to transfer schools for medical reasons, curriculum differences and child care situations, as well as for the children of school employees.

A separate transfer process for school participating in open enrollment will be announced next May.

Applications can be downloaded at www.fultonschools.org or picked up from the Fulton County Schools' Student Assignment Office, which is located at 5270 Northfield Boulevard in College Park.

Georgia 9th graders will have to choose career paths

Georgia 9th graders will have to choose career paths

ATLANTA -- Here's a question: Did you know what career you wanted to pursure in night grade?

Next fall, all high school freshman in Georgia public schools will have to determine a career path and take classes tailored to that goal.

"The governor signed house bill 187 into law this past session, which mandates that we have career pathways for all students beginning in the fall of 2012," said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. "It's a national model. Many states are already using career clusters and career pathways."

There are 17 careers clusters and each one has a core of subjects students must take. The process is similar to working on a major in college. Students will have the opportunity to switch career pathways throughout their time in high school.

School board announces December community meetings

School board announces December community meetings

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each member of the Fulton County Board of Education sponsors a monthly meeting open to all members of the community.

The sessions provide an opportunity for direct contact with community members and give board members a chance to listen to local issues and concerns.

Board members have set the following meeting dates for December:

District 1 (Linda Schultz)
Monday, Dec. 19 at 9:30 a.m.
Elkins Pointe Middle School (11290 Elkins Road, Roswell)

District 2 (Katie Reeves)
Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 9:30 a.m.
Webb Bridge Middle School (4455 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta)

District 3 (Gail Dean)
No meeting in December

District 4 (Linda Bryant)
No meeting in December

District 5 (Linda McCain)
No meeting in December