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5 Cobb, 2 Marietta schools among Ga. Reward Schools

5 Cobb, 2 Marietta schools among Ga. Reward Schools

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Seven schools in Cobb County and the City of Marietta are 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."

West Side Elementary School in the City of Marietta system was named a Highest Performing School. 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.

Britt ES wins first Family-Friendly Partnership School Award

Britt ES wins first Family-Friendly Partnership School Award

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Three Georgia schools have been selected as the first-ever recipients of the Georgia Department of Education's Family-Friendly Partnership School Award.

W.C. Britt Elementary School in Snellville is the only metro Atlanta school to win the honor. The other two schools -- Morningside Elementary and Miller Elementary -- are in Houston County, south of Macon.

The Family-Friendly Partnership School Award is awarded to schools that offer exceptional customer service for Georgia families. They have easy-to-navigate websites, welcoming staff members, comfortable waiting areas, clear signage and engaging student work throughout their buildings.

Cobb educators honored by math teachers council

Cobb educators honored by math teachers council

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Two Cobb County educators were honored during a recent awards ceremony for the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Deborah Poss and Michelle Mikes were recognized by the council on Oct. 18.

Poss teaches at Lassiter High School in Marietta. She won the council's highest honor, the Gladys M. Thompson Distinguished Service Award. This lifetime achievement award is given annually to someone who has spent an entire teaching career going above and beyond the call of duty every day.

Michelle Mikes won the John Neff Award for excellence as Cobb County's district supervisor for math in grades 6-12. Mikes was honored for inspiring and mentoring teachers and serving as an advocate for math education.

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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.

Bi-partisan rally to drum up support for charter schools

Bi-partisan rally to drum up support for charter schools

ATLANTA -- A grassroots bi-partisan charter school rally is being planned for Saturday, Oct. 27.

The rally is being held by Moms for School Choice, Heritage Preparatory Charter School and Georgia's Voice for Educational Choice. It has grabbed the attention of members from both political parties.

"The theme of the rally is 'Charter Schools WORK!' because charter schools work for students, families, communities and Georiga," Mom for School Choice member Kimberly Cochran said in a statement.

So far, Ga. Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock), State Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell), DeKalb County Board of Education member Nancy Jester and Cherokee County Board of Education member Michael Geist are scheduled to attend the rally.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. on Oct.

Terri Lyne Carrington to host master class at Pebblebrook HS

Terri Lyne Carrington to host master class at Pebblebrook HS

MABLETON, Ga. -- Grammy-winning jazz performer Terri Lyne Carrington will host a music master class for students at Pebblebrook High School this week.

The jazz class will begin at 12 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19. It is part of the Jazz in the Classroom program, which is sponsored by the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre's ArtsBridge program and Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

Jazz in the Classroom's goal is to provide young people with an opportunity to learn about music and the way it ties into their everyday lives and possible future careers. Earlier this year, the program sent Al Jarreau to Mays High School in southwest Atlanta.