University presidents author letter urging stricter gun laws

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More than 300 presidents of higher learning institutions all over the country have signed a letter that calls for stricter gun laws in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. The Dec. 19 letter is titled “An Open Letter to Our Nation’s Policy Leaders” and was authored by Oglethorpe University President […]

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AdvancED’s report garners strong response from residents


A group of DeKalb County parents have been circulating a petition asking Gov. Nathan Deal to remove DeKalb County School Board members if the findings of a recent report from accrediting agency AdvancED are accurate. The petition, which has gained nearly 500 supporters since it was posted on, asks Deal to review the findings […]

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Agnes Scott boasts interactive arboretum centered on liberal arts

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To Agnes Scott College classics professor Jim Abbot, a tree is much more than meets the eye—it’s a metaphor, an organizational tool, a symbol of life—he said the very idea of a tree is basic to the way humans think. “The crown shape of a tree is consistent from species to species and humans have […]

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School board not focused on schools


  Anyone who cares about DeKalb County, and more importantly, anyone who cares about the children of the county and their education was probably disturbed to learn that the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) has been placed on accreditation probation. AdvancED, the organization that accredits the school district, described DCSD’s situation as being one of […]

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County, school system could lose revenue if cities annex


DeKalb County and the DeKalb County School District could lose revenue if cities in DeKalb are annexed, according to James Grubiak, general counsel of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia. At the final meeting Senate Study Committee on the Incorporation of the City of DeKalb on Dec. 13, the issue was raised about the possibility […]

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Finances at heart of DCSD’s problems


  An accrediting agency recently placed the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) on “accreditation probation and warned if the district didn’t make significant progress on a host of issues it will lose its accreditation in 2013. AdvancED sent a special review team to investigate the district’s operations in October. During a Dec. 17 news conference, […]

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Agency says ‘critical’ problems in DCSD, places it on probation

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  An accrediting agency said if the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) doesn’t comply with a list of required actions within the next year, loss of its accreditation is “imminent.” AdvancED President Mark Elgart said during a Dec. 17 news conference that DCSD has been placed on “accreditation probation” until Dec. 31, 2013. “Today we […]

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Stone Mountain High School host Spirit Night for community


Stone Mountain High School is trying to bring the community back into the school. The school hosted a community spirit night on Dec. 11, featuring basketball games against Atlanta’s Booker T. Washington High School. The event included a pre-game East vs. West All-Star Game, giveaways and an award ceremony for basketball player Danielle Clark, who […]

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