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58 Georgia educators earn "Master Teacher" certification

58 Georgia educators earn "Master Teacher" certification

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced on Tuesday that 58 educators of Georgia schools have earned the "Master Teacher" certification. 

The certification is based on how each teacher demonstrated excellence in student achievement and growth across the 2013 academic year, reported a spokesperson from the Governor's office. 

The "Master Teacher" program began in 2005 with the help of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. A Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) measured classroom performance and academic growth, along with the teachers' professional practice. 

The "Master Teacher" certification lasts seven years, and as long as they qualify, teachers can renew their certificates. 

Kelly Henson, Executive Secretary for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission said, "The 2013 Master Teachers join a group of Georgia's highly skilled and dedicated educators who share a passion for teaching and student learning." 

School board to vote on Common Core math textbooks

School board to vote on Common Core math textbooks

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- The Fayette County Board of Education will discuss the district's new Common Core Georgia Performance Standards math textbooks at its meeting Monday.

The public is invited to attend the meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. at 210 Stonewall Avenue in Fayetteville. Those who want to sign up for public comments are asked to arrive early.

The board is scheduled to vote on the purchase of Common Core Standards textbooks, which align with the state's minimum academic requirements. Learn more at doe.k12.ga.us.

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

School is (almost!) out in Fayette County

School is (almost!) out in Fayette County

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

For Fayette County Schools, the last day is Friday, May 24.

Other last days of school in the Atlanta area include:

Thursday, May 16
Barrow County

Friday, May 17
Clarke County

Wednesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools (traditional)
Cherokee County
Gwinnett County

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

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

Life & relationship strategist Kenny Pugh launches program for teen pregnancy

Life & relationship strategist Kenny Pugh launches program for teen pregnancy

In support and partnership with The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Life & Relationship Strategist, Author and Speaker,Kenny Pugh (http://www.kennypugh.com) will launch Abstinence Matters

Sandy Creek HS student wins National Achievement Scholarship

Sandy Creek HS student wins National Achievement Scholarship

TYRONE, Ga. -- Julien D. Brinson, a senior at Sandy Creek High School, is Fayette County's sole recipient of the 2013 National Achievement Scholarship.

The program awards approximately 700 scholarships every year to some of the country's most promising black high school students.

To qualify for the scholarship, students must earn high scores on the Preliminary SAT, which they take as juniors. Semifinalists have to submit their high school transcripts and essays about their goals and interests to become finalists.

Chamber to host Partners in Education breakfast

Chamber to host Partners in Education breakfast

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce will hold a breakfast reception for the school district's Partners in Education later this month.

The event will be held Tuesday, Apr. 23 at 8 a.m. at Spring Hill Elementary School.

Several awards will be presented at the breakfast, including the Outstanding Business Partner of the Year, Outstanding Fayette County School and the Junior Entrepreneur Award.

Muriel Summers, principal of A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C., will be the keynote speaker. A.B. Combs is the first leadership elementary school in the U.S.

Visit fayettechamber.org to register for the event. The cost is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Spring Hill Elementary is located at 100 Bradford Road in Fayetteville.