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Cut out junk food ads in schools, government says

5:59 PM, Feb 25, 2014

It's not just about what America's kids are getting in the lunch line. The Obama administration is moving to phase out junk food advertising on football scoreboards and elsewhere on school grounds.

PETA calls on KSU to stop using live owl mascot

1:23 AM, Feb 25, 2014

PETA is petitioning against Kennesaw State University's use of a live owl as the school's mascot.

Teachers create hunt for treasure game

11:55 AM, Feb 24, 2014

Two Holy Innocents' teachers have combined pop culture with classroom learning to create a fun "treasure hunt" lesson.

Could the app Yik Yak be a cyberbullying tool?

12:33 AM, Feb 22, 2014

The new social media app Yik Yak is running afoul of school leaders in Roswell and other districts around the nation. They're afraid the app could be used for cyberbullying.

Weird musical instruments resound at Georgia Tech

12:29 AM, Feb 22, 2014

The theme at Georgia Tech Friday night was "weird" as in weird musical instruments.

School districts get a break in making up snow days

1:23 AM, Feb 21, 2014

The State Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution allowing individual districts to forego making up days missed due to this winter's storms.

Some school systems may not need to make up lost days

1:36 PM, Feb 18, 2014

Another weather-related problem created by our winter storms? The amount of missed school days.

Former APS human resources chief agrees to plea deal

1:24 PM, Feb 18, 2014

The former Atlanta Public Schools human resources chief has pleaded guilty in connection to the district's cheating scandal.

Schools learned lessons from last storm, wary of next one

8:10 AM, Feb 10, 2014

Schools took one of the biggest hits during the last storm. But since the storm, they've had little time to deal with the lessons they've learned.

Atlanta ranks 4th on most literate city list

12:42 AM, Feb 7, 2014

The study takes into consideration the number of bookstores, library resources, internet use, educational levels and newspaper circulation.

Cobb School Superintendent announces resignation

1:38 AM, Feb 4, 2014

Cobb County Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa announced his resignation at conclusion of Monday night's school board meeting.

Teacher reaches special needs students

7:53 AM, Feb 3, 2014

Jill Buchanan expertly guides her students' learning and celebrates them as individuals.

Gwinnett schools reopen Friday

2:40 PM, Jan 31, 2014

Gwinnett County Public Schools has decided to call students back to school Friday as most other districts in the area keep students home.

Georgia's Fort Valley State has grim future

9:25 AM, Jan 27, 2014

Moody's says Fort Valley State University faces a $2 million deficit, has a miniscule amount of cash available and has a grim outlook.

Two women accuse Ga Tech fraternity of drugging and sexual abuse

1:26 AM, Jan 25, 2014

In separate lawsuits, two GSU students, age 19 and 20, accuse members of Georgia Tech's Phi Gamma Delta fraternity of drugging and abusing them. One claims she was raped.

Brenau University considers Fla. campus

12:42 PM, Jan 24, 2014

Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga., is exploring the idea of adding a Florida campus.

Balloon travels from Alabama school to Georgia school

10:41 AM, Jan 23, 2014

A trio of kindergarten students in southwest Atlanta found a balloon with their teacher's name on it. It turns out the balloon was sent into the air by another Ms. Sims at a school in Alabama -- 100 miles away.

Busy legislative agenda this week under the Gold Dome

9:12 PM, Jan 22, 2014

This week, as part of a busy legislative agenda, lawmakers are looking at expanding where guns are allowed, requiring drug testing for food stamp recipients and taking a closer look at how the state's Department of Family and Children Services operates.

Miller Grove's Sharman White now in regional best coach contest

7:16 PM, Jan 22, 2014

Miller Grove's basketball coach advanced to represent Georgia in USA Today High School Sports' regional best coach contest.

DeKalb County Schools taken off probation

10:15 PM, Jan 21, 2014

The DeKalb County School District has had its accreditation status elevated from Accredited Probation to Accredited Warned.

Media Center team helps teens move to the next academic level

11:42 AM, Jan 21, 2014

This trio of educators is dedicated to helping students understand material they may have a tough time grasping in the classroom.

School fundraiser is as easy as selling kids' used clothes

9:23 AM, Jan 21, 2014

Schoola Stitch allows parents to sell their children's gently used clothes. Proceeds from the sales will benefit their kids' schools.

Former Atlanta School principal pleads guilty in cheating case

6:34 PM, Jan 17, 2014

Former Kennedy Middle School principal Lucious Brown pleaded guilty Friday to a single felony charge of Interference with Government Property for altering CRCT answer sheets.

Cobb School Board member: Ban absentee parents from graduation

10:05 AM, Jan 17, 2014

Frustrated with a lack of parent involvement in schools, Cobb County School Board member David Morgan suggests denying tickets to absentee parents for their own child's graduation.

UGA grad recognized by President Obama

12:30 AM, Jan 17, 2014

Clarke Central High School guidance counselor recognized by the President for giving back to community.

Deal's State of the State address proposes money for schools, DFCS

8:31 PM, Jan 15, 2014

After proposing an increase in funding for schools in Georgia to the tune of $547 million in his State of the State address, Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday also addressed funding for the Department of Family and Children's Services.

Arrested school counselor says she tried to report abuse to DFCS

9:30 PM, Jan 14, 2014

School counselor and Riverdale City Council member Cynthia Stamps-Jones claims she was wrongly arrested for not reporting abused 5-year-old student to DFCS within 24 hours.

KSU-Southern Poly might have 13 colleges

7:59 AM, Jan 14, 2014

Proposed colleges include a Graduate College, an Honors College and the College of Architecture and Construction Management.

Georgia General Assembly 2014 session begins

9:29 PM, Jan 13, 2014

The Georgia legislature convenes Monday to take up some of the most troubling issues affecting the most vulnerable among us.

Power outage affects Clayton County Schools

12:43 PM, Jan 13, 2014

Georgia Power reports a power outage affected some Clayton County Schools Monday morning.

Ga. schools rank 17 in K-12 achievement

8:49 AM, Jan 10, 2014

A new report ranks Georgia at 17 in the nation in achievement in kindergarten through 12th grades. But that ranking does not tell the whole story.

College gun bill likely to get GA legislature priority

6:49 PM, Jan 9, 2014

Bill to be considered this year would allow students to carry guns on college campuses.

WellStar to operate KSU student health clinics

7:30 AM, Jan 8, 2014

Kennesaw State University hired Marietta-based WellStar Medical Group to run its Student Health Services.

Gov't offers new approach to classroom discipline

3:27 AM, Jan 8, 2014

The Obama administration is issuing new recommendations on classroom discipline in an effort to address apparent disparities in how students of different races are disciplined.

Reed pitches scholarship for APS students

8:05 PM, Jan 7, 2014

A Michigan city makes scholarships available for any eligible student graduating from its city schools. Mayor Reed the same thing in Atlanta.

Districts explain why they cancelled class

9:06 AM, Jan 7, 2014

Just about every school district in north Georgia has decided to cancel class on Tuesday.

EpiPens now permitted in all US schools

12:24 PM, Jan 3, 2014

EpiPens are now required in all schools to protect children with food allergies.

GED test overhauled; some states opt for new exam

8:35 AM, Jan 1, 2014

For decades the GED test has been the brand name for the high school equivalency exam. It's about to undergo some changes.

Teen boys to girls: 'Virtue Makes You Beautiful'

10:14 AM, Dec 20, 2013

Teenage boys at Pinecrest Academy created a video called "Virtue Makes You Beautiful" for their female classmates.

Try It Before You Buy It: Top 10 Preschool Toys

10:14 AM, Dec 20, 2013

All 37 Goddard Schools across the country have tested holiday toys for infants through preschool-age children.

Georgia among states to receive $280M in early learning grants

1:37 AM, Dec 19, 2013

The Obama administration has announced that six states have won a combined $280 million in grants to improve early learning programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Ex-testing director guilty in test cheating case

11:44 PM, Dec 18, 2013

Fulton County prosecutors say a former testing coordinator has pleaded guilty in a district-wide cheating conspiracy.

School district approves rifles for officers

2:55 AM, Dec 18, 2013

A north Georgia school board has approved a measure allowing some resource officers to carry long-range rifles.

Teacher knocked unconscious at Atlanta high school

6:38 PM, Dec 17, 2013

Three students are facing criminal charges after a teacher was knocked unconscious during a classroom disturbance at an Atlanta high school.

Two former APS educators admit to cheating

1:55 PM, Dec 17, 2013

According to the Fulton County District Attorney, two APS educators were expected to enter guilty pleas in the CRCT cheating scandal on Monday afternoon. 

Teacher helps students become creative thinkers

1:30 PM, Dec 16, 2013

Amanda Quay teaches at Hickory Hills Elementary School, an arts academy in Marietta.

American University lockdown lifted

12:16 AM, Dec 12, 2013

American University was locked down Wednesday evening for the report of a man with a gun on campus.

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