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Flat Lottery, Too Many Students, Even Snow Mean HOPE Cuts

Flat Lottery, Too Many Students, Even Snow Mean HOPE Cuts

ATLANTA -- Most of them know the bad news is coming.

Most of Georgia's more than 300,000 state college students know they'll see even higher tuition next year and even fewer benefits from the HOPE Scholarship.

"I'm gonna have to find alternative ways to finance my coming here," Georgia State University freshman Kenja McNeil said, adding that those will probably include, "loans, scholarships, more scholarships and more scholarships."

Lottery proceeds have poured about $15 billion into the HOPE and pre-kindergarten programs since they began 17 years ago.

Right now, about 200,000 state college students receive HOPE benefits.

But lottery sales have flattened out, according to Margaret DeFrancisco, CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corporation.

Wednesday morning she told the University System's State Board of Regents that's thanks to the recession, growing competition from other states...and even January's winter storm.

DeKalb County Youth Commission Application Deadline Has been Extended Due to the Winter Storms

DeKalb County Youth Commission Application Deadline Has been Extended Due to the Winter Storms

Dekalb County, GA--  (submitted by the Dekalb County Government)  Due to the January Winter Storm, DeKalb County Schools and Georgia highways were closed.  As a result, we are extending The Youth Commission application deadline. DeKalb County Youth Commission was approved in the March 2008 county budget. This program will cater to DeKalb County 10th and 11th graders. Students must be a resident of DeKalb County and currently enrolled in a DeKalb County High School.

Stone Mountain's Wynbrooke Theme School is the Winner of 11Alive's Jeopardy Contest

Stone Mountain's Wynbrooke Theme School is the Winner of 11Alive's Jeopardy Contest

Atlanta, GA--  Ms. Cynamon Walden-Small's 5th grade class at Wynbrooke Them School will be presented with a Classroom Edition of Jeopardy! on Wednesday February 2nd.

Donna Lowry, our Education Reporter here at 11Alive will present the school with their winning gift On-Air.  The winners game comes equipped with an interactive scoreboard and wireless buzzers that give students a unique and innovative approach to learning.

Wynbrooke was 1 of only 5 schools in the Atlanta area that was chosen to recieve the game, which retails for nearly $550.  In order to win the competition, Wynbrooke students wrote and performed a song, now on YouTube, praising their teacher and their education.  The students have worked hard all school year and their win is well deserved.

Dekalb Schools Official Announcement on Money Saved from Possible Redistricting

Dekalb Schools Official Announcement on Money Saved from Possible Redistricting

(Submitted by SDekalb County Schools)

The DeKalb County School System is announcing today results of the cost/savings analysis regarding the current Redistricting and Consolidation proposal for the School District.

The Redistricting and Consolidation plan options, which were presented to the DeKalb County Board of Education by MGT of America on Jan. 3, 2011, are designed to address inefficiencies in the facilities management of DeKalb Schools, including some 11,000 “empty seats” throughout the School District.

The plan, which must be approved by the Board of Education, will be implemented at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year and includes two options, including a “centralized” and “decentralized” option.

Based on an internal review and consultation with the Georgia Department of Education, the School System estimates the centralized plan will save the School District approximately $150 million over the next ten years, while the decentralized plan will save approximately $161 million over the same period of time.

On an annual basis, the centralized plan would save the School System some $15 million each year, while the decentralized plan would save approximately $16 million.

Parents Speak Up About Bullying in Dekalb's Schools

Parents Speak Up About Bullying in Dekalb's Schools

Dekalb County, GA--  (submitted by Latasha Walker)

Parents, Students and Community Activists will unite not only to commemorate  the death of Jaheem Herrera but to also come together on the last day of Bullying Awareness Month in DeKalb County Schools. The press conference will convene at the site where Jaheem Herrera was bullied within the DeKalb County School System at 1:00 PM, MONDAY, JANUARY 31st AT DUNAIRE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 651 SOUTH  INDIAN CREEK DRIVE, STONE MOUNTAIN, GEORGIA.

KIDDS Dance Project Celebrates Pepsi Refresh Project Grant & Grand Opening

KIDDS Dance Project Celebrates Pepsi Refresh Project Grant & Grand Opening

Lithonia, GA--  The Pepsi Refresh Project is pleased to announce a new event in the Atlanta area.  On Saturday, the KIDDS Center for Youth Development and Performing Arts is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by an Open House where attendees can tour the new facility.

Through the use of its $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Project Grant, which they won back in April, the KIDDS Dance Project was able to fund a new place where local and underserved youth could participate in recreational and cultural activities and learn character building skills through the performing arts. 

The new facility will also offer an after school program for elementary and middle school children to receive academic tutoring and access to computers.

Dekalb School System Reacts to State CRCT Investigation

Dekalb School System Reacts to State CRCT Investigation

Dekalb County, GA--  (submitted by Walter Woods for Dekalb Schools)

Based on the results of the investigation to date and after receiving feedback from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), the School System has taken the following actions to ensure that the CRCT process is accurate and represents the progress of students:

  • Twenty-nine current and former school system employees have been referred to the Professional Standards Commission based on concerns that they may have been engaged in inappropriate conduct during the administration of the 2009 CRCT.
  • Twenty-four school system employees, including principals, assistant principals and teachers, have been reassigned to duties outside of the schools, pending review of their teaching certificates from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.