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Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

ATLANTA -- Georgia's results for the 2013 CRCT reveal an improvement over the 2012 results.

The scores, which were released Tuesday morning, show 18 increases, five decreases and seven tests where the passing rates did not change.

"Our results this year on the CRCT show consistent progress and we continue to see many students scoring in the exceeds category," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "This is a testament to the great work our teachers are doing to take students to higher levels of learning."

In DeKalb County, the percentages of students who met or exceeded standards on the 2013 CRCT include:

Reading: 85.6
Math: 65.1
Science: 65.14
Social Studies: 73.1

See the full results at 11Alive.com/CRCT.

Arraignment expected for DeKalb educator

Arraignment expected for DeKalb educator

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- One of three former DeKalb County educators accused of cheating on the CRC is due back in court Monday.

Indictments were handed down Tuesday for former Cedar Grove Middle School principal Agnes Flanagan, former Rock Chapel Elementary School principal Angela Jennings and former Stoneview Elementary School assistant principal Derrick Wooten.

"It's cheating and it's wrong and it's breaking the rules -- it's corruption," DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said Tuesday. "It hurts children, and that's what this is all about."

According to the indictment, Jennings faces eight counts of public record fraud and eight counts of computer forgery.

Flanagan faces three charges each of making a false writing, public record fraud and first degree forgery.

Riverwood hires new assistant principal

Riverwood hires new assistant principal

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Riverwood International Charter School has hired Charles Amica Jr. as its newest assistant principal.

Amica comes to Riverwood from Hillgrove High School in Cobb County, where he was an assistant principal and athletic director. He has also worked for schools in Mableton, Chamblee and Stone Mountain.

"I've known (Amica) for a number of years and have directly worked with him for the last four. He brings a wealth of experiences and skill sets to Riverwood ... He is also known as a leader who works to get to know faculty, students and community members," Dr. Robert Shaw, Riverwood's new principal, said in a statement.

Chamblee MS receives grant for community garden

Chamblee MS receives grant for community garden

CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- Chamblee Middle School has received a $10,000 grant to create an education garden for the school and community.

The DeKalb County middle school is one of only 15 schools nationwide to get this year's Share the Good grant from Seeds of Change, which supports family and organic gardeners.

Chamblee Middle plans to use the money to start an outdoor garden where students can grow vegetables, herbs and flowers.

Learn more about the Share the Good grants, including the other recipients, at seedsofchange.com.

High court to weigh in on DeKalb school board case

High court to weigh in on DeKalb school board case

ATLANTA -- Georgia's highest court is set to consider the constitutionality of a state law allowing the governor to remove school board members.

The Supreme Court of Georgia heard arguments Monday from lawyers for the state and for former DeKalb County school board chairman Eugene Walker.

The school district was put on probation by an accrediting agency in December. Gov. Nathan Deal in February issued an executive order removing Walker and five other school board members.

Walker is challenging the law that allowed that action. The federal judge presiding over the case has asked the state high court to consider two questions about the constitutionality of the law.

The court will hear arguments on those questions and submit its interpretation to the federal judge who will rule in the case.

School is (almost!) out in DeKalb County

School is (almost!) out in DeKalb County

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The last day of school is fast approaching in metro Atlanta, with some districts dismissing as early as this week.

For DeKalb County Schools, the last day is Thursday, May 23.

Other last days of school in the Atlanta area include:

Thursday, May 16
Barrow County

Friday, May 17
Clarke County

Wednesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools (traditional)
Cherokee County
Gwinnett County

Thursday, May 23
Clayton County
Cobb County
Decatur City
Fulton County
Rockdale County

Friday, May 24
Bartow County
Buford City
Carroll County
Coweta County
Fayette County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Griffin-Spalding County
Marietta City
Newton County
Paulding County

14 DeKalb schools go wireless

14 DeKalb schools go wireless

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County School District hopes to make all of its schools and centers wireless by the end of the year.

So far, 14 schools are completed, thanks to a SPLOST-funded technology project.

"We are pleased with the results so far of our aggressive technology plan," DeKalb Schools Chief Information Officer Gary Brantley said in a statement. "With their vote in support of SPLOST, the citizens of DeKalb County made a sound investment in their children's schools. Through this program, our students will learn in 21st century environments that reflect our changing needs."

As of Wednesday, DeKalb's wireless schools include Cedar Grove High, Chamblee Middle, Clarkston High, Coralwood School, International Student Center, Kittredge Magnet School, Lithonia High, Lithonia Middle, Margaret Harris Comprehensive School, Miller Grove High, Peachtree Charter Middle, Redan Middle, Tucker Middle and Warren Technical School.