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DeKalb County School District goes wireless

DeKalb County School District goes wireless

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County School District is now 100% wireless.

Superintendent Michael Thurmond announced Monday that the district has completed a $4.5 million project to install wireless technology in every classroom.

"With this achievement, technology-based learning becomes part of the everyday classroom experience," Thurmond said in a statement. "No longer must students take turns in a computer lab or rely solely on hard-wired technology."

The school district boasts 15,000 new desktop computers and more than 2,600 SMART Boards. Teachers carry mobile devices to make the school day run more smoothly; they use this technology to take attendance, monitor student discipline and perform classroom observations.

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.

DeKalb County's 2013 four-year graduation rate was 58.9 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.

Supreme Court upholds suspension of DeKalb school board members

Supreme Court upholds suspension of DeKalb school board members

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld a statute that allowed Gov. Nathan Deal to suspend six members of the DeKalb County School Board, including its chairman.

In an opinion released Monday, Georgia's high court said the statute "does not violate the Georgia Constitution."

Board chairman Dr. Eugene Walker and five others were suspended in February, two months after the DeKalb County School District was put on accredited probation by the Southeastern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The suspensions occurred under Georgia's School Board Suspension Statute of 2010, which places school systems on a level of accreditation that's only one notch above complete loss of accreditation "for school board governance related reasons."

Emory to hold Sustainable Food Fair

Emory to hold Sustainable Food Fair

ATLANTA -- This year's Emory University Sustainable Food Fair and Farmers Market will be held Friday, Oct. 4 on Cox Hall Bridge.

The fair, which begins at 10:30 a.m., allows students and others in the Emory community to learn about sustainable food practices and discover where they can buy locally grown products.

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Hilary King, a doctoral candidate in anthropology, will spearhead Friday's event. It was organized by students in a one-credit course she teaches.

Learn more at emory.edu.

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

ATLANTA -- There was little change in SAT scores between Georgia's Class of 2013 and Class of 2012, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

About 75 percent of Georgia's high school seniors took the SAT in 2013, compared to 43 percent nationally. Georgia students earned a collective score of 1452 out of 2400 -- the same score as last year. The national average is 1498.

Overall, Georgia's senior increased two points in critical reading and decreased two points in math. The overall writing score stayed the same from 2012 to 2013. About 36 percent of Georgia's test takers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.

Several colleges to visit Druid Hills HS

Several colleges to visit Druid Hills HS

ATLANTA -- Representatives from a number of colleges and universities are scheduled to visit Druid Hills High School this week.

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The University of Tulsa and Wesleyan University will be at the DeKalb County school on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 11:30 a.m. Both schools will have tables set up in the lunchroom.

Mount Holyoke University and Georgia's own Berry College will host small group meetings Wednesday. Interested juniors and seniors can sign up in the counseling office to meet the schools' representatives. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA to participate.

On Thursday, Sept. 12, Earlham College will set up a table in the lunchroom from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.