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3 Fayette schools among Ga. Reward Schools

3 Fayette schools among Ga. Reward Schools

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Three Fayette County schools among this year's Georgia Department of Education Reward Schools.

Reward Schools are the Georgia schools with the highest performance or biggest academic gains by students in the last three years.

"These schools are shining examples of what we can achieve in public education in Georgia," Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I want to take what's working at our Reward Schools and replicate that in every school in the state. These are the schools making education work for all Georgians."

Inman and Oak Grove elementary schools and Fayetteville Intermediate School were named Highest Performing Schools. These schools are among the top 5% of Title I schools in Georgia. To make the list, a school must make Adequate Yearly Progress in all groups and subgroups in 2011.

Confused over the Charter School Amendment?

Confused over the Charter School Amendment?

ATLANTA -- If you're confused about Amendment One on this year's general election ballot, you're not alone.

Wednesday we asked some early voters in Cobb County what they thought of the wording, which asks:

"Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"

"It was a bit confusing," said voter Brett Atkinson.

Voter Larshaun Williams said she would not have understood it without doing a lot of homework first.

"Definitely," she told 11 Alive, "I would not have known which direction to go."

Even more confusing to some is the wording of the preamble, just before the actual amendment question:

"Provides for improving student achievement and parental involvement through more public charter school options."

There's now a lawsuit claiming that preamble wording is misleading in favor of the amendment.

50 Ga. teens named to Student Advisory Council

50 Ga. teens named to Student Advisory Council

ATLANTA -- Fifty high school students from across Georgia have been selected to serve on the 2012-13 Student Advisory Council.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge announced the members of his council Friday.

"The Student Advisory Council allows me to hear directly from students in our schools and discuss major initiatives with them," Barge said in a statement. "The council also gives students the opportunity to share with me their ideas and concerns, which we can use to shape future state policies."

PHOTOS | Dr. Barge visits Woodstock schools

More than 750 students from 121 Georgia school districts applied to serve on this year's council.

Class Notes: Students walk; Teacher becomes priest

Class Notes: Students walk; Teacher becomes priest

ATLANTA -- 11Alive's Class Notes looks at two major events this weekend -- students walking to raise money for diabetes research and a former teacher who will become a Roman Catholic Priest.

Students at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School step out to help a disease that hits close to home with many of their peers.

"I wasn't feeling too well and they ran a few tests and that was the first time that I found out I had diabetes," said Andrew, a senior at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School. "I have type 1 diabetes."

Andrew and five other students, all in different grade levels, share the stories of how they first learned they had juvenile diabetes in a video to promote involvement in the Walk For A Cure sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

RELATED | Watch the full JDRF video

What do you want in a superintendent?

What do you want in a superintendent?

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Fayette County schools superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden will leave the system at the end of December.

The board of education is asking parents and community members to fill out a brief survey to give input on qualities they'd like Bearden's replacement to have.

Access the survey here.

Information gathered through the survey will be used in selecting and interviewing candidates.

Fayette County students dominate 2012 SAT

Fayette County students dominate 2012 SAT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Education released the state's average SAT scores for the Class of 2012 on Monday.

Overall, Georgia's graduating seniors earned a score of 1452 out of 2400 on the college entrance exam.

Fayette County fared much better than that -- four of the district's five high schools exceeded the score. McIntosh High was the big winner with an average score of 1633; Starr's Mill High came in second with 1605.

Fayette County HS
216 students took the SAT in 2012
Overall: 1423
Critical Reading: 481
Math: 479
Writing: 463

McIntosh HS
367 students took the SAT in 2012
Overall: 1633
Critical Reading: 545
Math: 558
Writing: 530

Sandy Creek HS
231 students took the SAT in 2012
Overall: 1456
Critical Reading: 487
Math: 500
Writing: 469

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

ATLANTA -- Georgia children in Pre-K through 5th grade can now color their way to a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

In honor of College Savings Month, the statewide college savings program is hosting a coloring contest with a $1,529 scholarship at stake.

To win the money, children must color a picture of Hootie the Wise Old Owl and complete a sentence: When I graduate, I'm going to be a ________.

Download the picture of Hootie here.

Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30 and must be received no later than Oct. 5. More information about the contest can be found at path2college529.com.

A winner will be randomly chosen in mid-October.