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As Students End School Year, Boys & Girls Clubs Offers Way to Fight “Summer Brain Drain"

ATLANTA -- This month, millions of kids begin their summer breaks, looking forward to vacations, pool time and carefree days. But studies and experience show a lack of mental stimulation causes them to unlearn much of what they were taught over the school year.  Boys & Girls Clubs across the country offer young people a safe, exciting place to spend their summer months, with staff and resources to fight the effects of this “Summer Brain Drain.”

The reality for today’s kids is that many will find themselves with few structured activities, caregivers who are working all day, and too much unsupervised television, video game and computer time.

President Touts Concerns Over Summer Learning

Also known as “summer learning loss” or the “summer slide,” this issue is a growing problem for American children.  In 2010, President Obama noted, “Students are losing a lot of what they learn during the school year during the summer.”

When does the school year end?

When does the school year end?

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- The last day of school is right around the corner for Douglas County students.

Public schools will dismiss for the summer on Friday, May 25.

The last days of school in other metro Atlanta districts are staggered throughout the second half of May. They include:

Wednesday, May 16
Clarke County

Thursday, May 17
Hall County

Friday, May 18
Bartow County
Clayton County
Fulton County

Tuesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools
Barrow County

Wednesday, May 23
Carroll County
Gwinnett County
Newton County

Thursday, May 24
Cobb County
Decatur City Schools
DeKalb County
Rockdale County

ITT Tech opens Douglasville campus

ITT Tech opens Douglasville campus

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- ITT Technical Institute has opened its fourth metro Atlanta campus in Douglasville, the college announced Thursday.

The school, which is located at 5905 Stewart Parkway, will host its first classes next month.

There are five schools of study at ITT Tech: the School of Information Technology, School of Electronics Technology, School of Drafting and Design, School of Business and School of Criminal Justice.

Learn more at www.itt-tech.edu.

Ga. high school students take longer to earn diplomas

ATLANTA -- A new method of calculating graduation rates reveals that more high school students are dropping out than had been previously counted and some of them are taking five or even six years to earn a diploma.

According to reports the new formula was released last week. It shows that Georgia's 2011 graduation rate dropped 13 percentage points using the calculation, to 67.4 percent.

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Ga. Connections Academy expanding

Ga. Connections Academy expanding

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy, the state's public virtual charter school, is expanding to include high school students for the 2012-2013 school year.

Any student in Georgia can enroll in the tuition-free school.

Several enrollment sessions throughout metro Atlanta are planned in the upcoming weeks.

Monday, Apr. 16
6:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, 2010 North Commerce Drive, Peachtree City

Tuesday, Apr. 17
6:30 p.m.
Residence Inn, 6096 Barfield Road, Sandy Springs

Thursday, Apr. 19
6:30 p.m.
Starbucks, 2580 Windy Hill Road, Smyrna

Monday, Apr. 30
6:30 p.m.
Fairfield Inn, 30 Mill Road, McDonough

Monday, May 7
6:30 p.m.
Hampton Inn, 14460 Paras Drive, Covington

Tuesday, May 8
5:30 p.m.
Douglas County Public Library, 6810 Selman Drive, Douglasville

Nearly 90 metro Atlanta schools near bottom of barrel

Nearly 90 metro Atlanta schools near bottom of barrel

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has released a list of 156 schools labeled as "focus" schools under the state's new accountability system.

The schools, many of which are in metro Atlanta, are one step above the state's worst performing schools, called "priority" schools, which were released last week. The "focus" schools are ones with a graduation rate of less than 60 percent over two years or have large gaps between the highest and lowest achieving subgroup of students on campus.

Subgroups can be determined by race, special needs and family income.

The state was one of 10 to win waivers last month from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Bill would revoke bonuses for teachers caught cheating

Bill would revoke bonuses for teachers caught cheating

ATLANTA -- A Senate committee has passed a bill that would revoke bonuses for Georgia teachers who cheat on standardized tests.

The Democratic-backed legislation was approved unanimously by the Senate education committee Monday. It now goes to the full Senate for a vote before heading to the governor's desk.

Under current policy, teachers can receive bonuses or incentive pay based on the standardized test scores of their students.

The bill stems from last year's cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools.

A state investigation in July revealed widespread cheating by educators in nearly half of the Atlanta's 100 schools dating to 2001. In all, nearly 180 teachers and principals were accused of giving answers to students or changing responses once the tests had been completed.