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The Ken Ford Foundation Honored as Trailblazing 21st Century Leaders

The Ken Ford Foundation Honored as Trailblazing 21st Century Leaders

 

The DeKalb Technical College Foundation (DTCF) is kicking off its second “Investing in Dreams” Gala, on Friday, June 10, 2011 at the newly-constructed, state-of-the-art, DeKalb Technical College Conference Center, located at 495 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston, Georgia. This event is created to pay tribute to selected individuals and organizations that are making significant contributions to education and impact in their surrounding communities.

Electric Violinist Ken Ford and the six-member board of directors of The Ken Ford Foundation is one of the seven recipients of the 2011 Investing in Dreams Award.  The Foundation is being honored for its contributions to promote education and music advocacy in our communities and schools through their community projects.

8 Local schools are vying to win a share in $100,000 in cash from Big Lots

8 Local schools are vying to win a share in $100,000 in cash from Big Lots

Lithonia, Ga --    THE POLLS ARE NOW OPEN AS BIG LOTS KICKS OFF 4th ANNUAL VIDEO CONTEST

The following eight schools are all vying for a chance to win a share of the $100,000 in cash prizes:

  • Annette Winn Elementary School – Lithia Springs
  • Columbia Elementary School – Decatur
  • Conyers Middle School – Conyers
  • Hightower Elementary School – Doraville
  • J.H. House Elementary School – Conyers
  • Middle Ridge Elementary School – Covington
  • Murphey Candler Elementary School – Lithonia
  • Turner Middle School – Lithia Springs

From June 6 through July 4, the public can vote for their favorite video entries up to three times a day by visiting www.biglots.com/lots2give.

City leaders honor W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars

City leaders honor W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta leaders will dispense the celebrity treatment to six outstanding Georgia high school students this week.

It's Scholars Recognition Week, a series of celebrations that honor members of the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars program. This initiative was created by the Atlanta-based W.E.B. Du Bois Society to give fanfare and public recognition to high-achieving black students.

The W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars program is the only recognition outreach of its kind that is modeled after the lauded U.S.

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

ATLANTA -- State lawmakers are planning to meet next week to hammer out solutions for more than a dozen charter schools that face closing after a Georgia Supreme Court ruled the state commission that created them is unconstitutional.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Fran Millar said the meeting is set for June 3 at 10 a.m. at the Capitol. The Atlanta Republican says the goal is to make sure the 16,000 students enrolled in the schools have an "education setting that meets their needs" when school starts this fall.

Millar has invited several state officials, including state schools Superintendent John Barge and Mark Peevy, executive director of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission.

 

See the controversial film "Waiting for Superman" and discuss with your peers in Tucker on Thurs.

See the controversial film "Waiting for Superman" and discuss with your peers in Tucker on Thurs.

Public Screening and Panel Discussion of Waiting for Superman

When – Thursday, May 19, 2011 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Moving Screening from 5:15 to 6:45; Panel discussion from 7 - 8

Why - Local education plays a vital role in economic development, both in business recruitment, retention, and expansion. There is a direct correlation to superior scholastic achievement in communities where business is involved in education. One might argue that there is no greater economic development interest than that of education.

The screening is part of a national effort by the U.S.

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.

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.