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Summer school graduation this week

Summer school graduation this week

MARIETTA, Ga. -- All members of Cobb County's Class of 2011 will officially be graduates by the end of the week.

Summer school graduation will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 8 at Osborne High School (2451 Favor Road, Marietta).

For more information, contact the Cobb County School District.

Isakson announces U.S. military academy appointees

Isakson announces U.S. military academy appointees

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Johnny Isakson is proud to announce that 29 Georgia students have received appointments to prestigious military academies.

"One of my favorite tasks each year is to nominate promising young leaders to our nation's military academies," Isakson said. "This was an extremely competitive year and I congratulate these appointees who will make Georgia and America proud."

Each member of Congress must nominate young people to the nation's military academies every year.

Those who are accepted are awarded full four-year scholarships that include tuition, books, board, medical and dental care.

Isakson will host a reception for the students and their families on Sunday, June 12 at the Georgian Club (100 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta).

The accepted students for 2011 include:

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2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Georgia parents have two new opportunities to begin saving for their kids' college educations.

The Path2College 529 Plan is giving significant college contributions to two lucky Georgia children through its Newborn Sweepstakes and Destination College Savings Sweepstakes.

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal is an advocate of the latter program, which she helped launch during her Read Across Georgia tour last month.

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Through the Newborn Sweepstakes, one Georgia baby born between Jan. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2011 will be awarded $5,529 toward a Path2College 529 Plan.

Cobb Schools approve FY 2012 budget

Cobb Schools approve FY 2012 budget

MARIETTA, Ga. - The Cobb County School Board approved the Fiscal Year 2012 budget for the school system on Wednesday, saying in a release that they have worked hard to prevent teacher layoffs.

The school district, like many others across the state, has been hit with budgetary issues, which they said has been dealt with in terms of spending cuts and service reductions over the past three years.

Cobb school board hires new superintendent

Cobb school board hires new superintendent

Cobb County, GA-- In a special called meeting Sunday afternoon, school board members unanimously approved the hiring of Dr. Michael Hinojosa as the new superintendent.

Notably absent was boardmember David Banks who said he planned to vote against his peers' choice.  He said he was unable to attend Sunday's meeting because he only found out about it on Wednesday and was already scheduled to be out of town.

As boardmembers voted a small group of critics held protest signs and jeered the decision.

"We will vote you out of office for doing this.  You're doing this under the table without any feedback from the community," chided Cobb County resident Joyce Schumacher.  

Cobb Co. to give student athletes concussion tests

Cobb Co. to give student athletes concussion tests

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- The Cobb County school district is screening 8,000 student athletes for concussion before the start of the 2011-12 athletic season to create a comparison for when athletes are injured.

The district will announce the new program Thursday during a 10:30 a.m. news conference.

Cobb County is teaming up with WellStar Health System for the tests, which will provide a baseline reading for medical staff in case the student is injured.

The 20-minute test measures cognitive functions like attention span, working memory and reaction time.

Experts estimate U.S. emergency rooms treat 135,000 sports- and recreation-related injuries in children ages five to 18 every year. If left untreated, concussions can cause long-term problems and even death.

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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.