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STEM Education Awards finalists announced

STEM Education Awards finalists announced

ATLANTA -- The Technology Association of Georgia and its Education Collaborative has announced the finalists for this year's Georgia STEM Education Awards.

The finalists were chosen from more than 170 applicants across eight categories.

"Recent studies show that Georgia will need to fill approximately 211,000 STEM-related jobs by 2018," TAG president and CEO Tino Mantella said in a statement. "The 2013 Georgia STEM Education Awards finalists are helping to prepare the tech-ready workforce to fill these jobs, and we applaud them for standing out as leaders in Georgia's educational community."

The award winners will be announced Sept. 27 at the second annual Georgia STEM Education Awards event in Savannah.

This year's finalists include:

Elementary School
* Brookwood ES (Whitfield)
* Hightower ES (DeKalb)
* Honey Creek ES (Rockdale)
* May Howard ES (Savannah-Chatham)
* Sope Creek ES (Cobb)

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.

Aug. 30 named College Colors Day at KSU

Aug. 30 named College Colors Day at KSU

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Friday, Aug. 30 will be designated College Colors Day at Kennesaw State University, the school announced Monday.

This is the seventh year in a row the university has hosted a College Colors Day in Kennesaw and surrounding cities.

KSU President Dan Papp and Athletic Director Vaughn Williams plan to meet on Monday, Aug. 26 to sign the College Colors Day proclamation. They will be joined by the mayors of several nearby towns, including Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood, Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin, Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews and Powder Springs Mayor Patricia Vaughn.

College Colors Day kicks off the university's fall athletic season and gives Owls fans a chance to proudly show off their black and gold.

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)

Simon Kidgits Club hosts back-to-school activities

Simon Kidgits Club hosts back-to-school activities

ATLANTA Simon Property Group is holding a special celebration to help young students and parents across the country ‘make the grade’ even before the school year begins. Families are invited to score an “A+” in preparedness and entertainment with Simon Kidgits Club®’s annual Back-to-School event at two Georgia malls:

  • Town Center at Cobb on Saturday, August 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Northlake Mall on Saturday, August 3 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Simon Kidgits Club’s Back-to-School event will feature a variety of interactive activities for children and valuable offers for adults, all designed to make transitioning into academic routines a little easier.

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.

Cobb School Board approves $3 million digital math education

Cobb School Board approves $3 million digital math education

MARIETTA, Ga. -- With only two weeks to go before 107,000 students return to Cobb County schools, a big question remains: if the county goes digital in teaching math, will there be enough money to make it work and bring up test scores?

The answer came after more than an hour of debating as the Cobb Board of Education voted 4-3 to approve a $3 million jump into the digital age of mathematics education.

But it fell far short of an $8 million proposal that the board voted down in April. That deal included printed text books in addition to digital content. 

The deal that passed on Wednesday only involves printed texts for advanced courses. The rest of the math teaching experience will be digital.

Despite the okay to go ahead with this latest deal, parents were outraged that cutting the teaching and learning materials in less than half will affect the learning experience.