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Regents to discuss smoking ban at Ga. colleges

Regents to discuss smoking ban at Ga. colleges

ATHENS, Ga. -- The board that governs Georgia's public colleges and universities is taking a close look at banning tobacco from campuses statewide.

The Board of Regents is scheduled to discuss the proposed tobacco ban at its meeting Wednesday in Atlanta. The ban would prohibit faculty, students, staff and even spectators at sporting events from smoking or using smokeless tobacco in both indoor and outdoor parts of college campuses.

The policy would tighten anti-smoking policies at campuses such as the University of Georgia, which since 2011 has prohibited lighting up within 35 feet of building entrances.

If adopted by the Board of Regents, the tobacco ban would affect all 31 campuses in the University System of Georgia.

Bowling for Education fundraiser a striking success

Bowling for Education fundraiser a striking success

ATLANTA -- The lanes at 300 Atlanta were packed with nearly 35 Atlanta-area companies for the fifth annual “Bowling For Education” fundraiser, held on Thursday, Nov. 5. The event, which supports the Simon Youth Foundation, raised a record-breaking $112,250 this year, exceeding the initial fundraising goal of $100,000. 

“We could not be more thrilled about the success of this year’s Bowling for Education event,” said Leslie Bland, co-chair of Bowling for Education in Atlanta and Director of Marketing and Business Development for Phipps Plaza. “We’re so grateful for the incredible enthusiasm from our Simon family and for the generous donations from all our committed partners. The immense support for this annual event has helped Simon Youth Foundation provide more and more educational opportunities for our future Georgia leaders.”

Simon Youth Foundation seeks applicants for $1M in scholarships

Simon Youth Foundation seeks applicants for $1M in scholarships

ATLANTA -- For a 14th straight year, Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, will award a college scholarship to one student from every community that is home to a Simon property. Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarships are awarded through the Simon Youth Scholarships program and in partnership with local Simon properties. The application period is open through Saturday, Jan. 11.

Ga. high school graduation rate increases in 2013

Ga. high school graduation rate increases in 2013

(WXIA) -- The public school graduation rate in Georgia continues to climb.

The Georgia Department of Education announced Wednesday that the state's graduation rate was 71.5 percent in 2013 -- almost two points higher than in 2012 and four points above 2011's rate.

Every state uses a U.S. Department of Education-mandated four-year adjusted cohort rate to calculate graduations. It tracks the number of students who graduate from high school within the standard four years.

State superintendent Dr. John Barge said the more rigorous calculation method still shows an increase in Georgia's graduation rate.

"Despite the economic challenges our districts are facing, we have more high school students graduating today than we have had in several years, which is a testament to the hard work of our students and teachers," Barge said in a statement.

Gwinnett County's 2013 four-year graduation rate was 72.7 percent.

GED registration begins on new website

GED registration begins on new website

(WXIA) -- Registration for the 2014 General Educational Development tests is now open on the new MyGED website.

The site, located at ged.com, offers study plans, skills assessments and other resources to help adults receive the equivalent of a high school diploma.

The 2014 GED program launches on Jan. 2. It was overhauled to better prepare GED candidates for higher education and the working world, and ultimately allow them to find jobs with higher pay.

The website also features a list of GED testing centers across metro Atlanta.

Reward Schools: Gwinnett County

Reward Schools: Gwinnett County

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Education has released the 2013 list of Reward Schools throughout the state.

Reward School distinction is given in two categories.

A Highest Performance School is a Title I school, or a low-income school that receives federal funding, with the highest student performance on statewide exams over three years.

High Progress Schools are Title I schools with the most improved performance among all students on statewide exams.

Gwinnett County's 2013 Reward Schools include:

Highest Performance
* Harris ES
* Knight ES
* Lovin ES

High Progress
* Benefield ES
* Lilburn ES
* Meadowcreek ES
* Partee ES

2 Ga. schools named 'Top Schools for Construction Management'

2 Ga. schools named 'Top Schools for Construction Management'

ATLANTA -- Two Atlanta-area schools are named to a Top 10 list of "Top Schools for Construction Management Degrees" compiled by Rock & Dirt, a blog serving the construction equipment industry.

Rock & Dirt says it based the rankings on information compiled by the National Center for Educational Statistics, which compiles a database of information on colleges and universities across the country.

The schools are Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville at No. 7, and Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta at No. 9.

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