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Schools vie for charter school of year award

Schools vie for charter school of year award

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Charter Schools Association has created a "charter school of the year" award with help from the Coca-Cola Foundation.

The first winner of the award will be announced at the association's annual meeting in October in Macon. The award carries a $50,000 prize.

Schools in the 18-county Metro Atlanta area can qualify. They must have been open five years and have demonstrated academic success and sound fiscal practices.

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Georgia has more than 200 charter schools statewide. The schools are funded by taxpayer dollars but are given flexibility in how they meet federal education benchmarks.

Free and cheap school supplies

Free and cheap school supplies

ATLANTA -- This is the best time of year to buy both school supplies and office supplies.  Some things are as low as a penny, or even free after rebates!

I set out to find the best deals on a typical kindergarten or first grade supply list from Atlanta Public Schools.

I found the most convenient way to buy supplies is to order them through SchoolPak.com. The company will ship a box of required supplies to your home or school. The first grade list came to $55.34 including shipping.

I set out to see if I could find better deals in the stores. First our summer intern Katie and I went through the weekly sale flyers in search of the lowest possible prices for every item on our list.

UGA Day to tout academics, athletics

UGA Day to tout academics, athletics

ATLANTA (AP) -- The University of Georgia is holding an event in Atlanta to tout its athletic and academic programs.

"UGA Day" is Monday, July 25 at 7 p.m. at Cobb Galleria.

It will feature football coach Mark Richt, athletic director Greg McGarity, basketball coach Mark Fox, gymnastics coach Jay Clark and vice president for instruction Laura Jolly.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UGA Alumni Association and the UGA Athletic Association.

Cobb Galleria is located at 2 Galleria Parkway SE in the Cumberland area.

Fortis College celebrates grand opening

Fortis College celebrates grand opening

SMYRNA, Ga. -- The newest campus of Fortis College is celebrating its grand opening with a morning of fun for the entire family.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, the public is invited to attend a free event with refreshments, balloons, games and tours of the school's dental and HVACR/welding labs.

A ribbon cutting, signifying Fortis College's transition from a branch campus of the Maryland-based Medix School, is scheduled to take place at noon.

About 25 local VIPs are expected to attend the ribbon cutting, along with Fortis College Atlanta students, staff and president Bill Armour.

Fortis College offers diploma and associate degree programs in health, trades and technology.

Publix school supply drive to assist Cobb students

Publix school supply drive to assist Cobb students

ATLANTA -- Parents and teachers know that having the right school supplies can mean the difference between a passing or a failing grade for students.

That's why Publix has teamed up with the United Way and several local partners to host the School Tools for Cool Kids program.

Residents can stop by their neighborhood Publix grocery stores from Monday, July 18 until Sunday, Aug. 14 to purchase and/or drop off school supplies in the School Tools bins.

"We encourage customers to donate school supplies to help . . . children begin the school year on a level playing field," said Brenda Reid, media and community relations manager for Publix.

MARIETTA: New Cobb superintendent weighs in on APS

MARIETTA: New Cobb superintendent weighs in on APS

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Dr. Michael Hinojosa, the new superintendent of the Cobb County School District, said other systems can learn from the Atlanta CRCT cheating scandal.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: APS CRCT Investigation

"Sometimes testing is overblown," Dr. Hinojosa said following his swearing-in ceremony Monday morning. "You need to make sure people are focused on the right thing. That's student learning, not some number."

Dr. Hinojosa did not address the scandal during his first official speech to school leaders and employees.

But he did tell school board members, "I promise you I will not let you down."

He took the job after serving as head of the Dallas Independent School District in Texas for six years.

11Alive's Jennifer Leslie asked Dr. Hinojosa about the APS cheating investigation right after his swearing-in ceremony.