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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.

Ga. Connections Academy holding more information sessions

Ga. Connections Academy holding more information sessions

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy, the state's first public virtual charter school, has planned more information sessions across the state.

The tuition-free school, which recently earned accolades from the parents of current students, is expanding from K-8 to K-12 for the 2012-13 school year.

"Good things are happening in public education, and we're proud to be a leader in the future of great schooling in our state," GACA principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "We look forward to welcoming more elementary, middle and now high schoolers next year."

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Information sessions in metro Atlanta include:

Acworth teen inspires 'Strength in Stilettos'

Acworth teen inspires 'Strength in Stilettos'

ACWORTH - When Nina Brante was about 5years old, her mother learned something interesting about her.

"I think it goes back to her kindergarten teacher," said Sheri Brante, Nina's mom. "She said, 'Nina has one of the highest emotional IQs of anyone in the class.'"

Nina, who is now 17, has proven her kindergarten teacher pegged her right as a kind, goodhearted soul who believes in doing things for others.

Two years ago, she help found Strength in Stilettos, an organization dedicated to empowering teens girls through not only helping them purchase affordable prom dresses, but by providing college scholarships to deserving girls who show academic promise.

Strength in Stilettos collected more than 400 formal dresses and sold them at a huge consignment sale, in which the sellers made money on what they sold.

KSU unveils new athletics logo

KSU unveils new athletics logo

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The Kennesaw State University Owls have a new logo.

KSU athletic director Vaughn Williams unveiled the new logo Tuesday. The image was created in partnership with Ohio-based Rickabaugh Graphics.

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"This is another step forward for Kennesaw State University to continue expanding and exposing its image to our community," Williams said in a statement. "It also provides Kennesaw State students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community an opportunity to wear KSU athletics apparel with great pride and help market Kennesaw State University, its athletics department and teams."

Clothing and merchandise with the new logo will become available for purchase Wednesday in the KSU bookstore, the Walmart Supercenter on Chastain Meadows Parkway and local College Station stores.

Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy has made the grade.

The state's first free virtual charter school received very positive feedback from the parents of its students during the 2011-12 school year.

Almost 90 percent of the parents who responded to a survey gave the school a grade of either A or B, and 92 percent they would recommend GACA to other parents. Eighty-five percent of parents said they were more satisfied with GACA than with their children's previous schools.

About 52 percent of the school's 610 families responded to the survey, according to GACA officials.

"Our parent satisfaction survey really illustrates our commitment to accountability," principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "We value this parent feedback and use it to help make our virtual school program better. I am very pleased with the results, in particular the positive feedback about our teachers and the curriculum."

KSU hosting outdoor concert series

KSU hosting outdoor concert series

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The Starlight Summer Concert Series will return to Kennesaw State University this summer.

A 10-year tradition, the series features performances from popular and up-and-coming musicians from all over the Southeast.

Events in this year's series include:

Saturday, June 30, 8 p.m.
Star Spangled Spectacular featuring the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Free admission

Sunday, July 15, 7:30 p.m.
Eric Lindell, a blues musician from Louisiana
Admission: $8

Sunday, July 29, 7:30 p.m.
Suzzy Bogguss, a CMA and Grammy-winning artist
Admission: $8

Sunday, Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m.
KSU Faculty Jazz Parliament
Admission: $8

School districts cut jobs, boost class sizes

School districts cut jobs, boost class sizes

ATLANTA -- School districts are cutting teachers, enacting furloughs and increasing class sizes to fill budget holes.

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The Atlanta school board has approved cutting 375 positions and giving employees four furlough days next school year. The district is trying to make up for an expected $47 million shortfall.

In Gwinnett, the budget includes two furlough days and 600 jobs cut from the payroll. It also means two more students per classroom.