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Georgia 9th graders will have to choose career paths

Georgia 9th graders will have to choose career paths

ATLANTA -- Here's a question: Did you know what career you wanted to pursure in night grade?

Next fall, all high school freshman in Georgia public schools will have to determine a career path and take classes tailored to that goal.

"The governor signed house bill 187 into law this past session, which mandates that we have career pathways for all students beginning in the fall of 2012," said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. "It's a national model. Many states are already using career clusters and career pathways."

There are 17 careers clusters and each one has a core of subjects students must take. The process is similar to working on a major in college. Students will have the opportunity to switch career pathways throughout their time in high school.

Announcing the 2011 Teacher IMPACT Grant recipients

Announcing the 2011 Teacher IMPACT Grant recipients

COBB COUNTY, Ga. (CCSD CobbCast) -- The Cobb Schools Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 Teacher IMPACT Grants.

A record 117 teachers, administrators and specialists applied for this district-wide distinction. The foundation was able to whittle the number down to 14 projects, which received more than $20,000 in cash and gifts.

Campbell High, Smyrna
* Vicki Mudd, "Trout in the Classroom"

Chalker Elementary, Kennesaw
* Kim Barker, "Sunday Scholars"
* Veronica Crafton, "Sensory Integration Project"

Cooper Middle, Austell
* Amy Johnson, "Articulating Foundational Math Concepts through Animation"

Fair Oaks Elementary, Marietta
* Michelle Kormos, "Promoting Math & Literacy Skills through Art & Technology Integration"

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Revenue stamped its approval on $50 million in donations under the Georgia Scholarship Tax Credit Program.

The program lets people and businesses get tax credit for donations to scholarships for Georgia children to attend private schools.

Fifty million dollars is the most allowed under the program. In 2012, the statewide cap on donations will increase by the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index until 2018.

Individuals can donate up to $1,000, while married couples have a donation cap of $2,500. Corporations can donate up to 75 percent of their state income tax liability.

The American Federation for Children estimated more than 6,000 students last year got scholarships to attend private schools through the program.

Saturdays with your State Representative

Saturdays with your State Representative

Mableton - State Representative Alisha Morgan is accepting applications from Pebblebrook High School and South Cobb High School students for the 2011 edition of "Saturdays with your State Rep."  Topics covered in the six week program include Leadership Development, Resume Building Workshops, Etiquette, Group Participation, and Student Presentations. 

Click here for more information. 

Sock it to drugs

Sock it to drugs

MABLETON, Ga. -- Students at Imagine Mableton Middle School are proud to be drug-free.

They proved it on Tuesday by coming to school in crazy socks -- their way of saying "we sock it to drugs."

The week of Oct. 24 is Red Ribbon Week, a national campaign that encourages young people to live drug-free lives.

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

ATLANTA -- State officials have re-opened the pool for $10 million in low interest student loans. 

Lawmakers had set aside $20 million to help families after an overhaul of the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship took effect this summer.

Only about 5,200 students applied for the loans during the initial application period, which ended in July.

The Georgia Student Finance Authority has now re-opened the application process for the remaining $10 million in available loans.

Students have until Oct. 31 to apply for the Student Access Loan Program. 

For applications and details, visit GAcollege411's website.

COBB: Board rejects charter school's bid to stay open

COBB: Board rejects charter school's bid to stay open

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Cobb County School Board voted to deny a two-year renewal petition for Imagine International Academy of Mableton, which means about 620 students will be searching for new schools next year.

The Marietta Daily Journal reports that the board voted 4-3 Thursday night to close the school.

Parents had rallied to save the school after Cobb County Superintendent Michael Hinojosa's staff recommended denying its application for a new two-year charter.

Of the four charter schools petitioning the school board, only International Academy of Smyrna was approved, with the board granting its request for a five-year renewal petition.