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Ga. Meth Project campaign unveiled in Fayetteville

Ga. Meth Project campaign unveiled in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- The Georgia Meth Project recently introduced its latest prevention campaign at Bennett's Mill Middle School.

Dr. Cathy Folden-Handley, who teaches health courses at the Fayetteville school, unveiled the new project in one of her eighth grade classes on Mar. 26. It involves an online interactive teaching website.

The Georgia Meth Project and Georgia Department of Education will make the free and optional curriculum available for other schools in the state. According to Jim Langford, the Project's executive director, Georgia has more teens trying meth for the first time than any other state.

Learn more at georgia.methproject.org.

The Georgia Meth Project is best known for its provocative anti-drug ads and its slogan, "Not Even Once."

2013 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2013 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

ATLANTA -- Some of the most talented young performers in Georgia have been recognized with nominations for the 2013 Shuler Hensley Awards.

The awards program honors the best high school musical theater productions in the state.

It is named for Cobb County native Shuler Hensley, a seasoned Broadway performer who has won a number of prestigious awards, including a Tony.

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This year's Shuler Hensley Awards nominees were announced Tuesday. The awards ceremony will be held Apr. 18 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

The nominees include:

Best Overall Production

* Avenue Q
Atlanta International School, Buckhead

* Les Misérables
Buford High School

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

On the heels of a successful campaign launch for "I Am Not Yours!"- a campaign committed to taking a stand against child sexual exploitation, Jasmine Guy has been making her case in national media with the likes of 

21 Fayette students to attend Governor's Honors

21 Fayette students to attend Governor's Honors

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Students from all five high schools in Fayette County have been selected for this year's Governor's Honors Program.

The prestigious program gives some of Georgia's most promising teens the opportunity to spend four weeks in the summer studying a certain concentration in which they excel.

Being nominated for the program is an honor in and of iteself. In order to be chosen, Fayette's students had to undergo a series of applications and interviews at both the school and county level.

Fayette County's Governor's Honors Program participants include:

Fayette County HS
* Erin Johnson (physics)
* Jonathan Powell (social studies)
* Menaka Reddy (chemistry)
* Janeen Thomas (mathematics)

Feedback needed on Title applications

Feedback needed on Title applications

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fayette County Public School System has applied for the Title I, Title II and Title III federal programs.

Now, school officials are looking for parent feedback on the use of the grant money.

The district will hold two open meetings for parents on Thursday, Mar. 14. The first will be at 9 a.m. at the LaFayette Educational Center in Fayetteville; the second will be at 12:30 p.m. at Oak Grove Elementary School in Peachtree City.

Schools use Title I funds to help students meet state content standards. Title II makes sure schools hire qualified and effective teachers, while Title III money helps students who speak English as a second language meet state standards.

Learn more at fcboe.org.

Ga. Senate OKs scholarship tax credit changes

Ga. Senate OKs scholarship tax credit changes

ATLANTA --The Georgia Senate has approved changes to a tax credit program that provides scholarships for children to attend private schools.

State senators voted unanimously Thursday to support the changes, which include a reporting requirement on the average household income of recipients and requires eligible students to have attended public school for at least six weeks with a few exceptions.

Under the system, people can receive state tax credits by giving nonprofit scholarship providers donations of up to $1,000 for individuals and up to $2,500 for married couples.

The Southern Education Foundation had raised concerns that donors may have been allowed to earmark donations, although supporters had argued that was prohibited under the law. The Senate bill would add language specifically prohibiting that.

Parents in tears as Fayette BOE votes to close four schools

Parents in tears as Fayette BOE votes to close four schools

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Parents wept and embraced each other in disappointment, children lamented having to change schools, and school board members spoke of experiencing gut-wrenching, sleepless nights in the past several weeks.

But Monday night a majority of the Fayette County School Board voted to close four of the county's 30 public schools, schools that have been in families' lives, and anchored the surrounding communities,for generations.

"This school system is going through the most challenging times in its history," said Interim Superintendent Stan Colwell as he expressed his "agony" and "anguish" in recommending to the board members that they close the four schools. The culprits, Colwell said, are falling enrollments and dwindling property tax revenues, and a swelling, projected budget shortfall.