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53 DeKalb inmates earn GEDs

53 DeKalb inmates earn GEDs

DECATUR, Ga. -- More than 50 inmates at the DeKalb County Jail recently earned their General Educational Development diplomas -- the equivalent of a high school diploma.

The 51 men and two women received their GEDs at a graduation ceremony at the jail. DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown was the keynote speaker.

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Some of the inmates were required by the court to obtain the diploma, while others voluntarily took GED classes four times a week.

DeKalb County Sheriff's Sgt. Adrion Bell said the new graduates are eligible for the HOPE Scholarship if their grades are good enough. In the past, some DeKalb inmates were admitted to Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

Emory to train nurses to care for veterans

Emory to train nurses to care for veterans

ATLANTA -- Emory University's nursing school and the Atlanta VA Medical Center are teaming up to train nurses to care for veterans.

Emory says the VA Health System is anticipating a nursing shortage as increasing health needs of aging and returning veterans coincide with a projected wave of nurse retirements.

Emory is one of six nursing schools in the country that was chosen for the VA Nursing Academic Partnership program through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The partnership provides $4 million to fund 10 new faculty positions at Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and to increase the university's undergraduate nursing class by 100 students over five years.

Other schools selected include Arizona State University, Marquette University, New Mexico University, Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Minnesota.

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

ATLANTA -- Georgia's results for the 2013 CRCT reveal an improvement over the 2012 results.

The scores, which were released Tuesday morning, show 18 increases, five decreases and seven tests where the passing rates did not change.

"Our results this year on the CRCT show consistent progress and we continue to see many students scoring in the exceeds category," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "This is a testament to the great work our teachers are doing to take students to higher levels of learning."

In DeKalb County, the percentages of students who met or exceeded standards on the 2013 CRCT include:

Reading: 85.6
Math: 65.1
Science: 65.14
Social Studies: 73.1

See the full results at 11Alive.com/CRCT.

Arraignment expected for DeKalb educator

Arraignment expected for DeKalb educator

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- One of three former DeKalb County educators accused of cheating on the CRC is due back in court Monday.

Indictments were handed down Tuesday for former Cedar Grove Middle School principal Agnes Flanagan, former Rock Chapel Elementary School principal Angela Jennings and former Stoneview Elementary School assistant principal Derrick Wooten.

"It's cheating and it's wrong and it's breaking the rules -- it's corruption," DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said Tuesday. "It hurts children, and that's what this is all about."

According to the indictment, Jennings faces eight counts of public record fraud and eight counts of computer forgery.

Flanagan faces three charges each of making a false writing, public record fraud and first degree forgery.

Hearings to begin in APS cheating scandal

Hearings to begin in APS cheating scandal

ATLANTA -- Three days of motions hearings are expected to begin Monday in Fulton County court regarding 35 educators charged with racketeering, lying to investigators and theft.

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Judge Jerry Baxter will oversee the proceedings where it will be argued whether the defendants should be tried separately or as a group.

On Sunday, Mayor Kasim Reed said he could not comment on the pending cases but is certain that systemic cheating in Atlanta's schools will never happen again.

High court to weigh in on DeKalb school board case

High court to weigh in on DeKalb school board case

ATLANTA -- Georgia's highest court is set to consider the constitutionality of a state law allowing the governor to remove school board members.

The Supreme Court of Georgia heard arguments Monday from lawyers for the state and for former DeKalb County school board chairman Eugene Walker.

The school district was put on probation by an accrediting agency in December. Gov. Nathan Deal in February issued an executive order removing Walker and five other school board members.

Walker is challenging the law that allowed that action. The federal judge presiding over the case has asked the state high court to consider two questions about the constitutionality of the law.

The court will hear arguments on those questions and submit its interpretation to the federal judge who will rule in the case.

Formula: Graduation rate soars among Georgia high school students

Formula: Graduation rate soars among Georgia high school students

(WXIA) -- The number of students receiving diplomas is on a steady rise, as it jumped for a second time using a new formula.

For 2013, Matt Cardoza of the Georgia Department of Education reported, the graduation rate marked 67.4 percent in 2011, followed by 69.7 percent in 2012.  The new way to figure the graduation rate is based on the adjusted cohort rate, which is required by the U.S. Department of Education. 

The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort based on when a student becomes a freshman, Cardoza said. The calculation takes the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for student transfers. 

"I am very pleased that our graduation rate continues to increase, no matter how it is calculated," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. "While our graduation rate is still far too low and we have much progress to be made, we are moving in the right direction."