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Charter school law declared unconstitutional

Charter school law declared unconstitutional

ATLANTA -- A Georgia law that cleared the way for a surge in new charter schools was struck down by the state's top court in a high-profile decision that will affect thousands of students and could reshape how the state's public school system is funded.

The Georgia Supreme Court's 4-3 decision on Monday overturned the 2008 Georgia Charter Schools Commission Act, which allowed the state to approve and fund charter schools over the objection of local school boards.

LOCAL PROFILE: Gwinnett County Summer Reading Program

LOCAL PROFILE: Gwinnett County Summer Reading Program

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Although, local schools are on the cusp of summer recess students in the area will, no longer, back able to use summer as an excuse to impede their enrichment. The Gwinnett County Library System is sponsoring their annual summer reading programming for this year on May 22. The county offers programs for teens and children.

Participants can register online stating May 9, for the summer reading program.

Hank Huckaby named chancellor-designate for University System

Hank Huckaby named chancellor-designate for University System

ATLANTA -- The Board of Regents has named Henry "Hank" M. Huckaby as the new chancellor-designate of the University System of Georgia (USG).

The regents made their decision in a special called meeting today.

The announcement comes two weeks after the Board named Huckaby, 69, as the lone finalist for the job.

"As has been noted in numerous articles and editorials in the press statewide, clearly Hank Huckaby is seen as the person the System needs at this important time," said Board chair Willis Potts. "We feel he will serve the University System, the Board of Regents and the state well as we address the many and significant challenges of the present and prepare for the future."

Huckaby will take up his duties as the System's 12th chancellor on July 1, following the June 30 retirement of current chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr.

Berry student, alumna win Fulbright scholarships

Berry student, alumna win Fulbright scholarships

ROME, Ga. -- A Berry College graduating senior and recent graduate have been awarded Fulbright scholarships for the 2011-2012 school year.

Lauren Fenner of Albany, Georgia, will graduate from Berry on Saturday, May 7 with bachelor's degrees in Spanish and economics.

Fenner received the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship scholarship for June 2011 through June 2012 and will serve as an English teacher in Korea. Before leaving, she will participate in a six-week orientation course that includes intensive Korean language and culture lessons.

"Fulbright will arrange for me to stay in a homestay with a Korean family," Fenner said.

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.

LOCAL PROFILE: Bryant Gantt continues to make mark on UGA Athletics

LOCAL PROFILE: Bryant Gantt continues to make mark on UGA Athletics

NORTHEAST METRO – The University of Georgia’s football office is home to prominent figures, great history and much heart. Along with all of those things and a number of tireless staff members, it’s also home to former UGA football standout Bryant Gantt and his, almost innate, dedication to the community of UGA football and Athens.  

Gantt, now a program coordinator and recruiting assistant at the school is one of the instrumental forces behind the team’s new mentorship program. Early last year, along with Gantt, Coach Van Halenger, Director of Athletics Greg McGarity and the Associate Athletic Director Carla Williams came together to create a program that paired current UGA football players with leaders in the Athens community for a “different type” of mentorship program. They aimed to connect the players with the Athens community.