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Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

ATLANTA -- There was little change in SAT scores between Georgia's Class of 2013 and Class of 2012, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

About 75 percent of Georgia's high school seniors took the SAT in 2013, compared to 43 percent nationally. Georgia students earned a collective score of 1452 out of 2400 -- the same score as last year. The national average is 1498.

Overall, Georgia's senior increased two points in critical reading and decreased two points in math. The overall writing score stayed the same from 2012 to 2013. About 36 percent of Georgia's test takers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.

GSU professor awarded sociogenomics grant

GSU professor awarded sociogenomics grant

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia State University officials say a professor has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to advance the field of sociogenomics.

Sociogenomics is a branch of biology aimed at pinpointing genes that influence social behavior, and learning about how those genes impact the brain's neural circuits.

GSU officials announced Tuesday that the NSF awarded the grant of more than $499,000 to Dr. Walter Wilczynski, who is a professor of neuroscience and is director of Georgia State's Neuroscience Institute.

Wilczynski says the study of sociogenomics can help provide insight on how genetics impact behaviors like social bonding, aggression and cooperation.

He says understanding how social behavior is controlled at the molecular level could help researchers better understand neurological disorders, like autism and schizophrenia.

Fulton County’s Priceless University wants to help young females to prepare for their future

Fulton County’s Priceless University wants to help young females to prepare for their future

ATLANTA -- Fulton County wants female tweens and teens to participate in Priceless University, a “college prep” program that focuses on self-enrichment and self-development courses. The Office of Children and Youth is recruiting middle and high school female youth to participate in the two-year leadership skills development program that provides the tools for young women to reach their “Priceless” potential outside of academics. 

Priceless University offers weekly classes to enhance the knowledge and skills of participants.  The following courses are just a few examples of the courses offered: College Readiness, Business Etiquette, Career Placement Assessments, Financial Literacy, CPR/First Aid Certification, Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, Public Speaking and Global Competition. 

Program participants meet on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. After completing the two-year curriculum, students graduate from the program.

Consultant pleads guilty in APS kickback scheme

Consultant pleads guilty in APS kickback scheme

ATLANTA -- A Kennesaw man has pleaded guilty to being part of a kickback scheme involving Atlanta Public Schools.

Mahendra Patel admitted in federal court that he conspired with APS chief information officer Jerome Oberlton to benefit from a certain firm receiving a $780,000 computer project from the school district.

"Patel subverted the fairness of the contracting process for his own benefit and ultimately undermined the trust taxpayers place in APS to provide high-quality educational services," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement.

Oberlton pleaded not guilty in federal court in June. His trial date has not yet been set.

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has identified the state's 2012 Schools of Excellence.

The annual honor is presented in two categories: Highest Performance and Highest Progress. Fourteen schools made the cut in each area.

"These schools are the epitome of excellence," Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I offer my congratulations to our 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence."

Barge added that he plans to visit all 28 schools at some point during the school year.

Metro Atlanta's Schools of Excellence include:

Atlanta Public Schools
* KIPP STRIVE Academy, Southwest Atlanta (Progress)

Bremen City
*Jones ES (Performance)

Clayton County
* Elite Scholars Academy, Morrow (Performance)

Cobb County
* Garrison Mill ES, Marietta (Progress)
* Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy (Progress)

Back to school changes for Atlanta Public Schools

Back to school changes for Atlanta Public Schools

ATLANTA -- To start the school year, you have to make it to school. For many students, the only option is the bus. That's one reason the number one question parents have for Atlanta Public schools before classes begin this year is a question about bus routes.

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The routes are set, but not set in stone. The district watches bus activity for the first week or two of classes. It will make adjustments to the schedule depending on usage. The master schedule is set by enrollment.

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is making it easier for families to pay for college by holding two scholarship giveaways.

The deadline to enter both contests is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mitch Seabaugh, director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said the two sweepstakes are designed to encourage families to start saving for college while their children are still very young.

"If 10,000 more Georgia families start saving for college, that's 10,000 more children who will have a head start toward achieving their dream when they graduate from high school," he said in a statement.

Seabaugh added that the sweepstakes also benefit young students because they provide money for schools and libraries.

The first contest -- the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes -- will gives $10,529 to two lucky winners: a current Path2College account holder and a non-account holder. The two winners' schools will each receive $10,529.