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Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy has made the grade.

The state's first free virtual charter school received very positive feedback from the parents of its students during the 2011-12 school year.

Almost 90 percent of the parents who responded to a survey gave the school a grade of either A or B, and 92 percent they would recommend GACA to other parents. Eighty-five percent of parents said they were more satisfied with GACA than with their children's previous schools.

About 52 percent of the school's 610 families responded to the survey, according to GACA officials.

"Our parent satisfaction survey really illustrates our commitment to accountability," principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "We value this parent feedback and use it to help make our virtual school program better. I am very pleased with the results, in particular the positive feedback about our teachers and the curriculum."

Ga. colleges to get $72.5 million

Ga. colleges to get $72.5 million

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Georgia's 35 state colleges are getting $72.5 million in new funds for the upcoming school year aimed at addressing enrollment growth and increasing the number of college graduates in the state.

The schools reportedly took a 2 percent cut from the funding they received in fiscal year 2012.

Georgia State University will receive $8 million, the University of Georgia will receive $7.8 million and Georgia Tech will get $7 million.

North Georgia College and State University will receive about $1.3 million in funding, which the school plans to use to fund 12 full-time faculty positions and 10 staff positions.

Gainesville State College will get about $660,000, which the school will use to fund 17 new faculty and staff positions and a supplemented instruction program.

As Students End School Year, Boys & Girls Clubs Offers Way to Fight “Summer Brain Drain"

ATLANTA -- This month, millions of kids begin their summer breaks, looking forward to vacations, pool time and carefree days. But studies and experience show a lack of mental stimulation causes them to unlearn much of what they were taught over the school year.  Boys & Girls Clubs across the country offer young people a safe, exciting place to spend their summer months, with staff and resources to fight the effects of this “Summer Brain Drain.”

The reality for today’s kids is that many will find themselves with few structured activities, caregivers who are working all day, and too much unsupervised television, video game and computer time.

President Touts Concerns Over Summer Learning

Also known as “summer learning loss” or the “summer slide,” this issue is a growing problem for American children.  In 2010, President Obama noted, “Students are losing a lot of what they learn during the school year during the summer.”

2 Hall schools among Ga. Alert Schools

2 Hall schools among Ga. Alert Schools

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Two schools in Hall County are among Georgia's Alert Schools for the 2011-2012 school year.

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Lanier Career Academy was named a Graduation Alert School, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday. Graduation Alert Schools are high schools where the subgroup graduation rate falls at or below the third standard deviation compared to the statewide subgroup average.

Additionally, Tadmore Elementary was named a Subgroup Alert School, meaning that its subgroup performance on a statewide assessment falls at or below the third deviation compared to the subgroup's state average.

When does the school year end?

When does the school year end?

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- The last day of school is right around the corner for Hall County students.

Public schools will dismiss for the summer on Thursday, May 17.

The last days of school in other metro Atlanta districts are staggered throughout the second half of May. They include:

Wednesday, May 16
Clarke County

Friday, May 18
Bartow County
Clayton County
Fulton County

Tuesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools
Barrow County

Wednesday, May 23
Carroll County
Gwinnett County
Newton County

Thursday, May 24
Cobb County
Decatur City Schools
DeKalb County
Rockdale County

Friday, May 25
Buford City Schools
Cherokee County
Coweta County
Douglas County
Fayette County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Henry County
Marietta City Schools
Paulding County

Habitat High program prepares students for future

Habitat High program prepares students for future

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- West Hall High School is the latest recipient of $500 from 11Alive and the NBC News Education Nation initiative.

The school received the money for its Habitat High program, which gives students from all six Hall County high schools the opportunity to participate in Habitat for Humanity.

While they build the houses, students also learn valuable skills that will come in handy when they enter the workforce after graduation.

11Alive education reporter Donna Lowry presented Habitat High representatives with the $500 check Tuesday morning.

Gainesville State names interim president

Gainesville State names interim president

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Dr. Randy Pierce has been named interim president of Gainesville State College, University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced last week.

Pierce, who served as president of Georgia Highlands College for more than 10 years before his retirement last December, will assume his new post on July 1 upon the planned retirement of current president Dr. Martha T. Nesbitt.

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