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Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

Children to receive free dental services

Children to receive free dental services

LILBURN, Ga. -- More than 1,400 children will receive free dental treatments this week.

Students at Lilburn Elementary School in Gwinnett and Hightower Elementary School in DeKalb will be given dental sealants and fluoride treatments, courtesy of a $45,000 grant to the Georgia Oral Health Prevention Program from Renaissance Dental. Both procedures are very effective in helping to reduce tooth decay and other oral problems in children, according to a Renaissance Dental spokesperson.

The students will receive their treatments on Thursday and Friday.

Georgia ranks 49th in the U.S. in number of dentists per capita, and 16 counties do not have a single practicing dentist, according to Renaissance Dental.

3 counties benefit from Fuel Your School program

3 counties benefit from Fuel Your School program

(WXIA) -- More than 100 public schools in three metro Atlanta counties will benefit from Chevron's Fuel Your School program.

Through the campaign, Chevron contributes $1 from every gasoline purchase of eight gallons or more to participating schools. Fuel Your School generated $391,146 for 131 schools in Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties.

Many of the projects that are granted funds from the program are part of STEM curriculums. For example, students at Grady High School in Atlanta received a data-gathering device to use in their physics courses.

Chevron said nearly 40,000 students are impacted by the money generated through Fuel Your School.

DeKalb superintendent among 100 Most Influential Georgians

DeKalb superintendent among 100 Most Influential Georgians

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County School District Superintendent Michael Thurmond has been named to Georgia Trend magazine's latest list of the 100 Most Influential Georgians.

Thurmond has served as superintendent since February 2013. He is the only public schools superintendent to receive the honor.

His recognition in the magazine says:

The former commissioner of labor inherited a mess when he took over leadership of the third-largest school system in Georgia (100,000 students, 14,000 employees and a $1.2 billion budget). He stabilized the troubled district, built a $30 million surplus, improved student achievement and increased graduation rates. Along the way, he has enhanced the reputation as a leader and public education advocate.

Georgia State, Georgia Perimeter may merge

Georgia State, Georgia Perimeter may merge

ATLANTA -- Georgia State University is poised to become the state of Georgia's largest university.

At the Jan. 6 meeting of the state Board of Regents, Chancellor Hank Huckaby recommended that the board merge Georgia State and Georgia Perimeter College, a move that would create the largest university in the state and one of the largest in the nation.

Georgia State had a fall enrollment of 32,556 and Georgia Perimeter 21,371, for a combined 53,927. That would make the combined school far larger than The University of Georgia, which had a fall enrollment of 35,197.

"The consolidation would greatly improve opportunities for students and expand Georgia State's reach and impact across the metro-Atlanta area and the state," said Georgia State President Mark Becker in a message broadcast to the campus.

The consolidation would leave the University System with 29 institutions.

DeKalb schools show growth on CCRPI

DeKalb schools show growth on CCRPI

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County's public school students are prepared for life after graduation.

According to the recently released College & Career Ready Performance Index, many of the county's elementary, middle and high schools demonstrated growth over last year.

The county's most improved schools include:

Elementary
* Indian Creek (+22.7 percentage points)
* Briar Vista (+22)
* Pleasantdale (+21.7)
* Chapel Hill (+19)
* Wynbrook (+14)

Middle
* Stephenson (+15.7)
* Columbia (+14.5)
* Salem (+7.8)
* Cedar Grove (+6.7)
* Druid Hills (+6.6)

High
* Towers (+8.1)
* Lakeside (+6.5)
* Lithonia (+6)
* Redan (+3.5)
* Chamblee (+1)

By comparison, Georgia's elementary schools saw a decrease of 5.2 percentage points, the state's middle schools saw a decrease of 1.4, and high school decreased by 3.4 points.

Graduation rates: DeKalb County

Graduation rates: DeKalb County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 high school graduation rates were released Thursday.

This year's statewide average is 72.5 percent, up slightly from last year's 71.5 percent. It's also the third consecutive increase in the percentage of seniors who graduate from the state's public high schools.

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DeKalb County's 2014 graduation rate is 62.3 percent. At 100 percent, DeKalb Early College Academy in Stone Mountain and DeKalb School of the Arts in Avondale Estates tied for the county's highest graduation rate.

Other graduation rates in DeKalb County include: