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98% of Cobb students pass Ga. High School Writing Test

98% of Cobb students pass Ga. High School Writing Test

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- More than 97 percent of high school juniors and seniors in Cobb County passed the Georgia High School Writing Test in 2012.

Cobb's 97.8 percent is much higher than Georgia's 93 percent, up from 91 percent in 2011 and 88 percent in 2007, when the more rigorous test was rolled out.

Students must pass the annual writing assessment to receive a high school diploma. A perfect score is 350; a student must earn at least 200 points to pass. They may take the test multiple times during their junior and senior years.

A breakdown for each Cobb County high school is as follows:

Allatoona HS
334 students took the test
97.9 percent passed the test

Campbell HS
433 students took the test
94.7 percent passed the test

Harrison HS
468 students took the test
98.9 percent passed the test

Marietta Police, KSU team up to fight cyber crime

Marietta Police, KSU team up to fight cyber crime

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Marietta Police Department has partnered with criminal justice graduate students at Kennesaw State University to fight crime in cyberspace.

The department recently received a criminal justice grant, which it used to form a two-year pilot position -- the Police Cyber Specialist (PCS). Abby Lucas, the first-ever KSU criminal justice student, has been named PCS and began work this week.

Marietta Police say the PCS will help the department tackle growing cyber issues, such as fraud, trafficking and misuse of social media.

"Crime in cyberspace is no worse in Marietta than anywhere else, but the Marietta Police Department, whose motto is 'Policing with a Vision,' intends to face it head-on in order to keep Marietta a safe and flourishing city," police spokesman David Baldwin said in a statement.

College financial aid expert to speak at Woodstock HS

College financial aid expert to speak at Woodstock HS

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A representative from the financial aid office at Kennesaw State University will offer tips for paying for college at Woodstock High School next week.

The seminar will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school's auditorium. Everyone is invited to attend, not just students who are interested in attending KSU.

The event is designed to help families discover ways to cover the rising cost of a college education.

Woodstock High School is located at 2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive.

KSU presents Act II of 'Die Fledermaus'

KSU presents Act II of 'Die Fledermaus'

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Students with Kennesaw State University's School of Music will perform Act II of Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus for this year's Opera Theatre Gala.

The performance will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 in Morgan Hall in KSU's Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center.

Eileen Moreman, KSU artist-in-residence, describes Die Fledermaus as "lively, colorful, luscious and sentimental." The opera, whose title translates as The Bat, is set in 9th century Vienna. Act II takes place at a "turn-of-the-century lavish, confectionary, champagne-drinking party, so everyone is in a good mood," Moreman says.

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KSU dancers present 'Road Kill'

KSU dancers present 'Road Kill'

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The Kennesaw State University Department of Dance will soon bring four world premiere productions to the stage.

The concert, called "Road Kill," features a mix of classical and contemporary choreography.

It contains dance from the famous Swan Lake ballet, as well as a multimedia work from new assistant professor Stevan Novakovich -- a unique blend of text, music, video and movement built around true stories of missing women.

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"Road Kill" is the title of the signature work by Department of Dance chair Ivan Pulinkala. It is a physically challenging work for 10 dancers that makes a social statement on the pace of modern society. In "Road Kill," dancers cut across the stage using special roller skate-like shoes.

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

More than 2,000 JROTC cadets from 30 metro Atlanta high schools
to participate in historic fundraising effort

On Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th, visitors to metro Atlanta Kroger stores are likely to be met by a smiling, uniformed JROTC cadet with an Empty Stocking Fund logo, as more than 2,000 cadets representing 30 metro Atlanta high schools’ JROTC programs will be working outside metro Kroger stores to raise awareness of and contributions for The Empty Stocking Fund, an Atlanta-based, Atlanta-serving non-profit organization that has been providing holiday gifts to Atlanta’s neediest children since 1926. 

Confused over the Charter School Amendment?

Confused over the Charter School Amendment?

ATLANTA -- If you're confused about Amendment One on this year's general election ballot, you're not alone.

Wednesday we asked some early voters in Cobb County what they thought of the wording, which asks:

"Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"

"It was a bit confusing," said voter Brett Atkinson.

Voter Larshaun Williams said she would not have understood it without doing a lot of homework first.

"Definitely," she told 11 Alive, "I would not have known which direction to go."

Even more confusing to some is the wording of the preamble, just before the actual amendment question:

"Provides for improving student achievement and parental involvement through more public charter school options."

There's now a lawsuit claiming that preamble wording is misleading in favor of the amendment.