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Cobb fifth graders improve writing scores

Cobb fifth graders improve writing scores

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County students' scores on the Fifth Grade Writing Assessment improved five percentage points in 2011.

This year's results show 83 percent of Cobb fifth graders met or exceeded expectations, compared to 78 percent in 2010.

Cobb students' average scale score of 218 topped the stage average by four points.

The writing performance of students in special populations, such as Students with Disabilities (SWD) and English Language Learners (ELL), continues to show strong results.

In Cobb, 57 percent of SWD met or exeeded standards, compared to just 44 percent statewide.

Cobb County boasts two 2011 Presidential Scholars

Cobb County boasts two 2011 Presidential Scholars

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two of the nation's 141 U.S. Presidential Scholars for 2011 attend Cobb County high schools.

The recipients were announced on Monday, May 2 by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Since its inception in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars program has recognized students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship and service to their communities.

Students qualify for the honor based on SAT or ACT scores, or by nomination through the nationwide YoungArts competition.

Cobb Schools schedule redistricting public forum

Cobb Schools schedule redistricting public forum

MARIETTA, GA -- Cobb County School District officials announced a public forum to discuss the redistricting that will be needed for three new elementary schools set to open over the next two years in the southern part of the county.

The new Mableton Elementary School will replace the original school in August 2012, the new Clarkdale Elementary School will replace the facility decimated by the 2009 floods -- and will also open in August 2012. A Smyrna area "replacement" elementary school will open in August 2013.

All three schools will be significantly larger in student capacity than the school buildings they are replacing, in order to provide relief for overcrowded schools in the area.

Cobb County school officials will hold a series of public forums to solicit input from all members of the community in order to develop maps that will best serve the community as a whole.

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

Shuler Hensley Award winners take center stage

Shuler Hensley Award winners take center stage

ATLANTA -- The Shuler Hensley Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre were announced at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday, Apr. 26.

Forty-one Greater Atlanta-area high schools from 12 counties and 14 school districts, as well as private schools, participated this year.

Seven Cobb students win National Achievement Scholarships

Seven Cobb students win National Achievement Scholarships

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Seven outstanding Cobb County seniors are among nearly 800 winners in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

The program is designed to recognize and reward academically promising black students throughout the United States.

Cobb's big winners are:

* Oludamilola A. Aladesanmi
Wheeler High School, Marietta
$2,500 scholarship
Probable career field: Medicine

* Lauren E. Brown
Campbell High School, Smyrna
Pepsico Foundation, Inc. Scholarship
Probable career field: Radio/Television

* Brianna M. Chambers
Campbell High School
$2,500 scholarship
Probable career field: Broadcast Journalism

* Jacqueline E. Harris
Kennesaw Mountain High School, Kennesaw
$2,500 scholarship
Probable career field: Pediatrics

* Alexander D.

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents has announced a hike in both tuition and fees for Georgia's state colleges and universities during a meeting Tuesday.

"It's highly likely that tuition will have to increase to meet the needs of the students and to meet the student growth we have experienced," said Regents executive John Millsaps before the meeting.

The tuition hike comes close on the heels of a major overhual of the popular HOPE scholarship program which means students will be left to pay the rising costs of college in the state.

State representative Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, who played a major role in revamping the HOPE scholarship, says tough choices had to be made to keep the program afloat financially.

"Students are still getting one of the best values in the country," State Rep. Collins said. "We feel like we've done what we needed to do to keep a program solvent for future generations.