Marching band. Orchestra. Choir. There are plenty of schools in the state with music programs right on their campuses. But what about schools that don’t have music education programs? Or students who can’t afford private lessons or fees for band field trips. That’s where the Atlanta Music Project comes in.
The school board voted down proposed school start and end times for the 2014-15 school year, leaving the schedule still undefined.
For the first time in Georgia Public Broadcasting’s 54-year history, the station will enter the Atlanta radio market. GPB will make its debut on Atlanta airways this June through a programming partnership with Georgia State University station, WRAS 88.5. Teya Ryan, GPB’s President and CEO, made the announcement Tuesday morning during an all-staff meeting. ‘We are very proud to be in partnership with GSU,” said Ryan. GPB will offer its news and talk public radio programming from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.
On the surface, Haegan Altizer is a poster child for going to college. For a senior at the prestigious Decatur High, who had good grades and went to advanced classes, you would think college is a no-brainer. Especially if 90 percent of his classmates plan to go to college, and if both of his parents work in education. But Altizer’s attitude about college is surprising: he is putting it on the back burner.
Candidates for school board president debated how to close gaps between schools and make the best use of funding at a forum hosted by the Downtown Neighborhood Association Wednesday evening. Four of the five candidates for president of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System board attended the meeting. Sadie Brown, Jolene Byrne, Chester Ellis, and George Seaborough laid out their qualifications and their plans for improving the school system to the meeting of downtown residents. David Simons was unable to attend. The forum came just under a month ahead of the May 20 election.
This spring, hundreds of college students descended on Georgia’s Cumberland Island during their break- but they weren’t there to party. Garbage bags in tow, students from the southeast, as well as Trinidad and Japan, hit Cumberland’s beaches to help the Georgia Conservancy clean up the island.
The results come from a new school-grading system that replaces No Child Left Behind measurements, called the College and Career Ready Performance Index or CCRPI. State Superintendent John Barge says a more-rigorous Algebra test is one reason high school scores dropped 1 point.
Earl Colvin, executive director of the Cannonball House, gave me the short version of his driving tour of Macon's Civil War sites. While some of the landmarks he points out are well known, others are seldom seen, but right under our noses.
The state university in Savannah is dropping the word "Atlantic" from its name beginning in July.
Georgia’s Board of Regents voted Tuesday afternoon to raise tuition at the state’s public colleges. Starting in the fall, students at most schools will pay 2.5 percent more each semester. That’s between $32 and $85, depending on the school. Students say it will be tough to pay more. Armstrong Atlantic State University freshman Adrian Wyatt says to afford higher tuition, he might have to cut back the 16 credits he’s taking this semester.