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Two DeKalb students named Presidential Scholar semi-finalists

Two DeKalb students named Presidential Scholar semi-finalists

DeKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two students from DeKalb County have been named semi-finalists in the U.S. Presidential Scholars program, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students..

Every year, the most accomplished high school seniors in the country are given this award.

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DeKalb's two recipients were invited to apply for the program after ranking among Georgia's top 50 students based on SAT and ACT scores. Both students submitted essays and teacher recommendations for review.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars program was established in 1964 to honor some of the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors.

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: Atlanta-Fulton Summer Reading Program

LOCAL PROFILE: Atlanta-Fulton Summer Reading Program

ATLANTA – 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 on their enrichment. The Atlanta-Fulton Library System is sponsoring their annual summer reading programming for this year on June 1. The county offers programs for adults, teens and children.

The reading program is called, “You Are Here! Teen Summer Reading Program” and it will start on Wednesday, June 1 and it will end on Monday, August 1. The library will be open during its regular hours and teens are invited to read and partake in daily programs during Teen Center hours.

Teens can, also, compete to win a Nook Color and other prizes by attending various library events and reading minimum of five titles.

Sandra Deal, Path2College to launch college savings initiative

Sandra Deal, Path2College to launch college savings initiative

DECATUR, Ga. -- As Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal continues her "Read Across Georgia" tour, she will make a stop in Decatur to launch a contest that will help one lucky parent pay for his or her child's college education.

Together with the Georgia Public Library Service and Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan, Mrs. Deal will introduce the Destination College Savings Sweepstakes at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 12 at the Toco Hill-Avis G.

GPC to host math tournament this weekend

GPC to host math tournament this weekend

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Georgia Perimeter College is gearing up for its annual Elementary School Mathematics Tournament.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the school's Dunwoody campus (2101 Womack Road, 30338). Registration begins at 8 a.m. and is open to all students in third, fourth and fifth grades.

According to the tournament's website, its purpose is to "foster an interest in, and appreciation for, mathematics among elementary school students."

Participating students will compete for trophies as they solve math problems individually and then cooperatively in a speed round.

For more information on the GPC Elementary School Mathematics Tournament, email Bob Koff.

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.

Georgia Connections Academy names first principal

Georgia Connections Academy names first principal

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy (GACA) has announced that Heather Robinson has been appointed as principal for the new statewide virtual charter school.

GACA is the state's first full-time virtual character school and will serve students in grades K-12 from across Georgia.

The school was recently approved by the Georgia Charter School Commission. Enrollment began on Friday, Apr.