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50 Ga. students earn Horatio Alger Scholarship

50 Ga. students earn Horatio Alger Scholarship

ATLANTA -- Fifty recent high school graduates have received this year's Horatio Alger Georgia Scholarship.

The $5,000 award is given annually to students who overcome personal obstacles to demonstrate academic strength, dedication to community service and outstanding personal character.

"It is a privilege to play a part in these young people's college education," Horatio Alger Association president and CEO Tony Novelly said in a statement. "They have already shown perseverence and courage in the face of adversity, and with opportunities made available through higher education and our free-enterprise system, there is no limit to the things they may achieve."

The Horatio Alger Association have provided nearly $2 million in scholarships to Georgia high school seniors since 1987.

This year's scholarship recipients from Georgia include:

* Megan L. Bauer
Ridgeland HS, Rossville

* Keith A. Berry
Hebron Christian Academy, Dacula

Hearings to begin in APS cheating scandal

Hearings to begin in APS cheating scandal

ATLANTA -- Three days of motions hearings are expected to begin Monday in Fulton County court regarding 35 educators charged with racketeering, lying to investigators and theft.

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Judge Jerry Baxter will oversee the proceedings where it will be argued whether the defendants should be tried separately or as a group.

On Sunday, Mayor Kasim Reed said he could not comment on the pending cases but is certain that systemic cheating in Atlanta's schools will never happen again.

Ex-APS official faces kickback charges

Ex-APS official faces kickback charges

ATLANTA (AP) - A former chief information officer for Atlanta's school system accused of accepting bribes in exchange for his influence in awarding a technology contract has pleaded not guilty.

Jerome Oberlton entered his plea in federal court in Atlanta Tuesday. A federal grand jury handed down a seven-count indictment last week naming Oberlton and another man, Mahendra Patel, in the bribery scheme. Patel also pleaded not guilty.

The indictment says the two accepted $60,000 in kickbacks from an information technology company that won a contract worth more than $700,000 from the school district.

Oberlton served as chief information officer for Atlanta schools from 2004 to 2007. Oberlton joined the Dallas school district in January and was working as chief of staff. He resigned last week after informing the superintendent of the investigation.

School is (almost!) out in Atlanta

School is (almost!) out in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The last day of school is fast approaching in metro Atlanta, with some districts dismissing as early as this week.

For Atlanta Public Schools, the last day is Wednesday, May 22 for schools that follow traditional calendars, and Friday, May 31 for year-round schools.

Other last days of school in the Atlanta area include:

Thursday, May 16
Barrow County

Friday, May 17
Clarke County

Wednesday, May 22
Cherokee County
Gwinnett County

Thursday, May 23
Cobb County
Clayton County
Decatur City
DeKalb County
Fulton County
Rockdale County

Friday, May 24
Bartow County
Buford City
Carroll County
Coweta County
Fayette County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Griffin-Spalding County
Marietta City
Newton County
Paulding County

APS students lead with 2013 Gates Millennium Scholarship winners

APS students lead with 2013 Gates Millennium Scholarship winners

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools had more winners of the 2013 Gates Millennium Scholarship that any other district in the state of Georgia.

As spokesman for APS Stephen Alford reported, 14 APS high school students have taken the award. The Gates Millennium Scholarship, Alford said, is given to 1,000 students across the country. Winners can use the scholarship toward attendance at their choice college or university. 

Along with the funds, students receive personal and professional development through various Gates Leadership programs. 

"At a time when the perception of our academic programs have suffered, it is reassuring to see our students compete and achieve some of the most prestigious academic awards offered to high school students," Superintendent of APS Erroll Davis, Jr. said. 



Open Enrollment ends May 15

Open Enrollment ends May 15

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- More than 20 Fulton County public schools will accept transfer students for the 2013-14 school year.

These so-called Open Enrollment schools accept students from outside the assigned area, space permitting.

Applications for the Open Enrollment schools will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. Parents will be notified of their children's status in June.

Download an Open Enrollment Application

The county's Open Enrollment Schools include:

* Birmingham Falls, Milton
* Conley Hills, East Point
* Findley Oaks, Johns Creek
* Hapeville
* S.L. Lewis, Atlanta
* Medlock Bridge, Johns Creek
* Love T. Nolan, Atlanta
* Renaissance, Fairburn
* Shakerag, Johns Creek
* Sweet Apple, Roswell

"Fore" Kids Golf Classic to benefit Fulton students, teachers

"Fore" Kids Golf Classic to benefit Fulton students, teachers

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The 18th annual Fulton Education Foundation "Fore" Kids Golf Classic is being held on May 14 in Alpharetta at the Golf Club of Georgia. 

A spokeswoman for Fulton County Schools reported that the tournament will benefit students and staff of Fulton County schools, while Fulton County school leaders, school board members, business professionals and others from the community will attend. 

There will be one caddy for every four players. All golfers should check in at 9:30 that morning, and be ready to begin at 11:00. At 4:00 p.m., awards will be given out along with a silent auction. 

To register, individuals may play for $400, and teams of four will pay $1,750. Sponsors are still needed.