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MARIETTA: Teachers question raises for Cobb Superintendent's staff

MARIETTA: Teachers question raises for Cobb Superintendent's staff

MARIETTA, Ga. -- It may end up saving money, but some still question the principle of the move.

That's the bottom line to some teacher complaints about pay raises for some Cobb County school administrators while teachers face even more furloughs.

Only two months into the job, new Cobb County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa has won approval to raise the salaries of five members of his executive cabinet, some by as much as $19,000.

He justified the raises because those administrators will now have to perform more duties since he reduced the size of his cabinet from eight down to six.

"These individuals are taking on additional responsibilities and we've also reduced the overall cost in compensation by $80,000," school system spokesman Jay Dillon told 11Alive News on Thursday.

Cobb County teachers haven't had a raise since their pay was cut 2 percent in 2009.

Imagine Mableton Town Hall Meeting Gets Heated

Imagine Mableton Town Hall Meeting Gets Heated

Mableton -  We found an interesting article on the local Patch site.  They have done a great job reporting on this issue and I wanted to share a bit of it with you.

About 250 people gathered for the town hall meeting Thursday with school board member David Morgan to learn that he does not plan to renew the school's charter.

By the time South Cobb school board member David Morgan’s town hall meeting at Imagine International Academy of Mableton came to a close, the crowd of about 250 was incensed.

  CLICK AND READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT PATCH

Creekview High among schools that 'rock' for MDA

Creekview High among schools that 'rock' for MDA

CANTON, Ga. -- More than 60 schools participated in this year's School ShamROCKS Program sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Together, these schools raised over $34,000 to fight muscular dystrophy.

Creekview High School in Canton was this year's big winner, raising $2,000 for MDA.

Ga. students perform worse on SAT for 5th year in a row

Ga. students perform worse on SAT for 5th year in a row

ATLANTA -- Georgia high school students fared worse on the SAT college-entrance exam for the fifth year in a row, according to a report released Wednesday.

The state's average score on the test was 1445, an eight-point drop from last year. The state also lags behind the national average score of 1500, which dropped six points.

The number of test-takers increased to 72,510, up from 66,000 in 2010. Typically, states with larger pools of test-takers have lower scores, particularly in states like Georgia with large minority populations who historically do not perform as well on the exam as their white classmates.

This year, the scoring gap between Georgia's black and white students was 272, down from 279 last year.

High school sports get a new 'beat'

High school sports get a new 'beat'

ATLANTA -- In just one week, Atlanta-area high school sports will get a new beat.

Beats Battle, the brainchild of atlanta.highschoolsports.net and Patchwerk Recording Studios, will give high school students the chance to use their talents to show pride in their schools and teams.

Each week Patchwerk will provide different beats on atlanta.highschoolsports.net. Students can download the beats, add lyrics that praise their favorite high school teams and upload their products to the Web.

Voters can visit atlanta.highschoolsports.net to select a weekly winner. At the end of the season, one grand prize winner will receive recording time in the legendary Patchwerk Studios.

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Color your way to a college scholarship

Color your way to a college scholarship

ATLANTA -- Coloring is perhaps one of the first activities a child embarks upon in his or her educational journey. It creates a foundation for activity and a lifetime of learning.

This September, coloring can also help create a financial foundation.

One lucky Georgia child will join Kendall Lapinskas of Dunwoody and Taylor Boyd of Covington in winning a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.