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DOWNTOWN: Ga. to stop investigating Atlanta teachers for now

DOWNTOWN: Ga. to stop investigating Atlanta teachers for now

ATLANTA (AP) - The state's teacher licensing agency has suspended investigations temporarily into nearly 200 Atlanta educators accused in a massive cheating scandal.

Rick Eiserman, spokesman for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, says the agency is halting investigations of the cases until mid-December at the request of Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard. Eiserman said Howard feels the state's investigation could impede his criminal investigation of the cases.

A spokeswoman for Howard did not immediately return a request for comment.

The commission has already yanked the licenses of 11 educators in the cheating scandal and planned to address dozens more in coming months. Eiserman said the commission hopes to have the cases wrapped up by May.

A state investigation released this summer revealed widespread cheating in nearly half of the district's 100 schools.

Fulton County Youth Commissioners Kickoff "Can-Paign to Fight Hunger"

Fulton County Youth Commissioners Kickoff "Can-Paign to Fight Hunger"

Fulton County Youth Commissioners will kick off the “Can-Paign to Fight Hunger” on Monday, November 14, 2011, with a can collection competition among six Fulton County High Schools and four businesses.  They want to reach a goal to deliver 30 barrels of canned food to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.  The filled barrels would feed 8,550 people (285 people per barrel) in need of nutritious food.

The deadline to fill the 30 barrels is December 16.  Those organizations that collect the most cans will receive H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everyday) Awards.  Cans will be counted at every drop-off location to determine the winning organizations.  In 2010, Youth Commissioners collected, 5,700 cans to feed families, shelters and non-profit organizations registered with the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

APS Transportation Department sponsors ‘Stuff the Bus’ holiday food collection drive

APS Transportation Department sponsors ‘Stuff the Bus’ holiday food collection drive

 

ATLANTA – The Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless organization, in conjunction, with the APS Transportation Department are teaming up and sponsoring a “Stuff the Bus” holiday food collection drive.

This drive will run from Monday, October 17 until Thursday, November 17 and will collect enough nonperishable food items to fill an entire school bus.

Donations can be submitted at the APS Transportation Campus, which is located t 1661 Metropolitan Parkway and at the APS Center for Learning and Leadership at 130 Trinity Avenue in Atlanta.

Donations of canned, boxed, and bagged food items will be accepted. Bus drivers will also accept donated food items at all APS bus stops. 

$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.

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.

Subway celebrates 500th Metro Atlanta store

Subway celebrates 500th Metro Atlanta store

ATLANTA -- With the arrival of several new stores this month, Subway celebrates the opening of more than 500 stores in Metro Atlanta since its first location in 1977.

This milestone is a testament to the Subway brand and the franchisees who have made it so successful in the Atlanta area -- not to mention the world, as Subway is the planet's largest restaurant chain with over 34,000 locations.

"We continue to offer a dining experience that meets the changing tastes and needs of our loyal patrons, so it is no surprise to see this important achievement," said Christi Estis, director of operations for Subway Development of Atlanta. "We could not have reached this milestone without the dedication of our model franchisees and employees.

Student performance on ACT plateaus

Student performance on ACT plateaus

ATLANTA -- Georgia's performance on the ACT college entrance exam was flat this year as the number of students taking the test rose.

Data released Wednesday shows that 21 percent of graduating seniors in Georgia met college-ready standards for English, math, reading and science. That trails the national average of 25 percent.

About 43,000 students, or nearly half of seniors, took the test in Georgia, up from about 40,000 last year.

Traditionally, more Georgia students take the SAT each year, but the number of students taking the ACT is growing.

Georgia students scored an average of 20.6 on the test out of a possible 36, compared to the national score of 21.