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Petition prompts new graduation dress code

Petition prompts new graduation dress code

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Male and female graduating seniors at Brookwood High School in Gwinnett County will now have the same dress code when they march across the stage.

Students had said that girls would be barred from walking if they wore pants instead of a skirt. More than 800 students signed a Change.org petition calling for a gender-neutral dress code.

In order to reduce confusion and make sure everyone is on the same page, Gwinnett County Schools has now issued a new set of guidelines for the graduates.

The new guidelines states that students must dress in professional attire with no distinction between male and female dress.

Gwinnett County Schools to hire 800 teachers

Gwinnett County Schools to hire 800 teachers

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Public Schools plans to hire 800 new teachers for the 2015-2016 school year.

The state's largest school system will hold a Certified Teacher Career Fair on Saturday, March 28 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.

To attend, register at gcpsjobs.org. A limited number of interview times are available. Those selected for an interview will receive email confirmation, the school district said.

At this year's Career Fair, GCPS is searching for "highly qualified educators" who hold certificates or will be certified by the fall of 2015 in:

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

(WXIA) -- State School Superintendent Richard Woods has named the 64 young Georgians who make up his 2015 Student Advisory Council.

The council is composed of middle and high school students who meet periodically throughout the school year to discuss the impact of state politics in the classroom.

More than 1,000 students statewide applied to join the council. The members were chosen on a series of essays that focused on public education.

"It is essential, as we work to develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, to hear directly from students," Woods said. "These students feel the impact of our decisions every day and, if we're going to improve their educational experience, we have to bring them to the table."

The Student Advisory Council will meet Feb. 27, Mar. 11 and Apr. 28 at the Georgia Department of Education office in Atlanta.

Several members are from metro Atlanta, including:

Police searching for college campus flasher

Police searching for college campus flasher

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Georgia Gwinnett College is stepping up patrols after two female students were flashed while on campus.

The first incident happened January 22nd at 1:00 pm. The student was walking to her car when a man asked her for directions. As she approached his car to give him directions, she saw he was fondling himself. She called campus police, but he was gone by the time they responded.

The second incident happened just twenty minutes later. Again, a female student was walking near her car when a man asked for directions. She saw him fondling himself and called campus police. They searched all parking lots, but didn't find anyone matching his description.

The flasher is described as a man in his late teens or early twenties with dark skin and a medium build. He has short hair and was last seen wearing dark clothing. He was driving a grey or tan four-door sedan.

Graduation rates: Gwinnett County

Graduation rates: Gwinnett County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 high school graduation rates were released Thursday.

This year's statewide average is 72.5 percent, up slightly from last year's 71.5 percent. It's also the third consecutive increase in the percentage of seniors who graduate from the state's public high schools.

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Gwinnett County's 2014 graduation rate is 75 percent. At 99.4 percent, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology in Lawrenceville has the county's highest graduation rate.

Other graduation rates in Gwinnett County include:

AP exam participation: Gwinnett County

AP exam participation: Gwinnett County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Gwinnett County, 13,913 students took 26,361 AP exams in 2014, and 14,809 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Gwinnett County public high school:

Archer HS
814 students took 1,498 exams
716 passing scores