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Regents to discuss smoking ban at Ga. colleges

Regents to discuss smoking ban at Ga. colleges

ATHENS, Ga. -- The board that governs Georgia's public colleges and universities is taking a close look at banning tobacco from campuses statewide.

The Board of Regents is scheduled to discuss the proposed tobacco ban at its meeting Wednesday in Atlanta. The ban would prohibit faculty, students, staff and even spectators at sporting events from smoking or using smokeless tobacco in both indoor and outdoor parts of college campuses.

The policy would tighten anti-smoking policies at campuses such as the University of Georgia, which since 2011 has prohibited lighting up within 35 feet of building entrances.

If adopted by the Board of Regents, the tobacco ban would affect all 31 campuses in the University System of Georgia.

Ga. high school graduation rate increases in 2013

Ga. high school graduation rate increases in 2013

(WXIA) -- The public school graduation rate in Georgia continues to climb.

The Georgia Department of Education announced Wednesday that the state's graduation rate was 71.5 percent in 2013 -- almost two points higher than in 2012 and four points above 2011's rate.

Every state uses a U.S. Department of Education-mandated four-year adjusted cohort rate to calculate graduations. It tracks the number of students who graduate from high school within the standard four years.

State superintendent Dr. John Barge said the more rigorous calculation method still shows an increase in Georgia's graduation rate.

"Despite the economic challenges our districts are facing, we have more high school students graduating today than we have had in several years, which is a testament to the hard work of our students and teachers," Barge said in a statement.

Atlanta Public Schools' 2013 four-year graduation rate was 58.6 percent.

GED registration begins on new website

GED registration begins on new website

(WXIA) -- Registration for the 2014 General Educational Development tests is now open on the new MyGED website.

The site, located at ged.com, offers study plans, skills assessments and other resources to help adults receive the equivalent of a high school diploma.

The 2014 GED program launches on Jan. 2. It was overhauled to better prepare GED candidates for higher education and the working world, and ultimately allow them to find jobs with higher pay.

The website also features a list of GED testing centers across metro Atlanta.

Commissioner William "Bill" Edwards to host Education Matters

Commissioner William "Bill" Edwards to host Education Matters

WHO:           William "Bill" Edwards, Fulton County Board of Commissioners, District 7

SPECIAL GUESTS

Dr. Robert AvossaSuperintendent
Mr. Patrick Burke, Deputy Superintendent of Operations
Ms. Linda Schultz, School Board President
Ms. Linda Bryant, School Board Member, District 4
Ms. Catherine Maddox, School Board Member, District 6


WHAT:         EDUCATION MATTERS is a Town Hall Meeting for District 7 Parents & Citizens to Discuss:

-Recent Board Action to Relocate School Headquarters & Instructional Offices

-District Master Plan for Future Renovations and Additions

-SPLOST IV Update- Where Your Tax Dollars Will Go

Beverly Hall testifies in pre-trial hearing

Beverly Hall testifies in pre-trial hearing

ATLANTA -- Former Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall took the stand during a pre-trial hearing Wednesday.

Hall is among 34 educators charged in a system-wide test cheating scandal.

PHOTOS | Indicted APS educators

Hall's attorneys filed a motion to throw out information she gave to investigators looking into the cheating. Hall testified that she feared losing her job if she did not cooperate.

Defense attorneys argued the statements Hall gave were coerced because of her fear of termination. But Judge Jerry Baxter disagreed and denied the motion.

Reward Schools: Atlanta Public Schools

Reward Schools: Atlanta Public Schools

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has released the 2013 list of Reward Schools throughout the state.

Reward School distinction is given in two categories.

A Highest Performing School is a Title I school, or a low-income school that receives federal funding, with the highest student performance on statewide exams over three years.

High Progress Schools are Title I schools with the most improved performance among all students on statewide exams.

Atlanta Public Schools' 2013 Reward Schools include:

Highest Performance
* Early College High School at Carver
* Charles R. Drew Charter School
* Inman MS
* West Manor ES

High Progress
* Early College High School at Carver
* Booker T. Washington Early College Small School
* KIPP STRIVE Academy
* Charles R. Drew Charter School
* South Atlanta Law and Social Justice School

Reframing 'Black is Beautiful' lecture at Spelman College

Reframing 'Black is Beautiful' lecture at Spelman College

ATLANTA -- The Spelman College Museum  of Fine Art, in partnership with the Spelman College Ida B. Wells-Barnett Distinguished Lecture Series  and Atlanta Celebrates Photography, presents the lecture Reframing "Black is Beautiful," with Deborah Willis, Ph.D., chair and professor of Photography and Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

The lecture will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17 at Spelman College Cosby Academic Center Auditorium, 350 Spelman Lane SW, Atlanta.