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Atlanta singer wins scholarship to Berklee

Atlanta singer wins scholarship to Berklee

BOSTON -- A talented young singer from Atlanta is one of 16 aspiring musicians nationwide to win a full ride to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Robert Gould, who trains at the Little 5 Points Music Center, will head to Berklee to begin his studies this fall.

Recipients of the honor, the City Music College Scholarship, are musicians who have been accepted to Berklee and completed the school's Five-Week Summer Performance Program. The school's City Music program brings music education to children in underserved communities across the United States.

"Every year, for the last 20 years, I am blown away by the power of music," J. Curtis Warner Jr., executive director of Berklee City Music, said in a statement. "When these (scholarship recipients) develop their talents and skills in music, you can see their confidence grow too, and with that, the potential for success is just limitless."

APS, Gwinnett students among those back today

APS, Gwinnett students among those back today

ATLANTA -- Georgia's largest school system, Gwinnett, is back in session this week, as well as Atlanta Public Schools and several others.

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We have some information you need to know as kids head back to class.

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Fulton County Health partners to protect students' health

Fulton County Health partners to protect students' health

ATLANTA -- Today, the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness has signed a memorandum of understanding with Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) and the Georgia Head Start Association to raise awareness of daily air quality conditions as part of the county’s Fulton Asthma Improvement and Reduction (F.A.I.R.) initiative to address asthma-related health disparities.  According to the American Lung Association, 24,657 children and nearly 55,000 adults in Fulton County suffer from asthma.

“This memorandum of understanding places us in a position  to directly affect the health outcomes of our youngest residents,” states Patrice A. Harris, Director, Fulton County Health Services.  “It also allows us to educate not only the student, but also parents and teachers about the effect of poor air quality and asthma triggers.”

When does the school year begin?

When does the school year begin?

ATLANTA -- Summer break is coming to a close for many Atlanta-area students.

In fact, three Atlanta elementary schools -- Boyd, Centennial and Hutchinson -- are already back in session; the year-round schools began the 2012-13 calendar on July 10.

The remainder of metro Atlanta's school districts will open their doors a little later.

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The first day of school for the rest of Atlanta Public Schools is Monday, Aug. 6

Other start dates include:

Monday, July 30
Rockdale County

End-of-Course Test results released

End-of-Course Test results released

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education released system-level results for End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) Tuesday morning.

Parents and students can now visit the Georgia Department of Education's website to see how students in their school system performed. Results for individual schools will be released by July 31.

EOCT tests are more important than ever because they have replaced the graduation tests that kept many students from getting a diploma.

The tests now count for 20% of a student's final grade, up from 15%.

By 2015, students will have to pass all eight tests, spread over their course of their high school careers, to graduate.

Students in 3 Atlanta schools go back to class

Students in 3 Atlanta schools go back to class

ATLANTA -- Tuesday is the first day of school for hundreds of students who attend three year-round schools in the Atlanta Public School system.

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Boyd, Hutchinson and Centennial Elementary Schools are the only ones in APS that don't use a traditional calendar.

"I think one of the reasons why we've done so well academically is because of the year-round calendar," said Keisha Gibbons, the principal at Boyd.

The year-round calendar includes nine weeks of instruction followed by three weeks off.

The summer break lasts five weeks.

2012 CRCT Results | Atlanta Public Schools

2012 CRCT Results | Atlanta Public Schools

ATLANTA -- More Georgia students than ever are exceeding standards on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, according to new data released Thursday.

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The 2012 CRCT results show the performances of students in grades 3-8. The biggest overall gains were in Grade 5 Social Studies (six percentage points) and Grade 8 Science (seven percentage points).

"The best news in the 2012 CRCT report is that more of our students are exceeding the standards," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "Teachers are doing a great job teaching the more rigorous Georgia Performance Standards and they are to be applauded for raising expectations for all students."