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LOCAL PROFILE: Atlanta-Fulton Summer Reading Program

LOCAL PROFILE: Atlanta-Fulton Summer Reading Program

ATLANTA – Although, local schools are on the cusp of summer recess students in the area will, no longer, back able to use summer as an excuse to impede on their enrichment. The Atlanta-Fulton Library System is sponsoring their annual summer reading programming for this year on June 1. The county offers programs for adults, teens and children.

The reading program is called, “You Are Here! Teen Summer Reading Program” and it will start on Wednesday, June 1 and it will end on Monday, August 1. The library will be open during its regular hours and teens are invited to read and partake in daily programs during Teen Center hours.

Teens can, also, compete to win a Nook Color and other prizes by attending various library events and reading minimum of five titles.

Governor commends Georgia's new Master Teachers

Governor commends Georgia's new Master Teachers

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal has announced the names of 86 Georgia teachers who have earned "Master Teacher" certification.

This distinction is based on demonstrated excellence in student achievement and growth for 2011.

"I am proud of Georgia's Master Teachers for their tireless efforts to enrich the minds and lives of our students and for their ongoing work toward reaching our state's goal of providing a high-quality teacher in every classroom," said Gov. Deal.

School board announces May community meetings

School board announces May community meetings

FULTON COUNTY, Ga.

Fulton County redistricting controversy faces 1st vote

Fulton County redistricting controversy faces 1st vote

ROSWELL, Ga. -- The lines have been drawn in the battle over redistricting in Fulton County.

A new high school will open in August 2012, but deciding who goes there has set off a series of heated debates.

Parents and community leaders agree the new school is desperately needed to relieve overcrowding. But it means completely re-drawing attendence zones, sending some kids out of their community to a different school.

Thursday night, an important vote moves the plan another step forward. The school board will hold a first vote, what they call a first reading, on the redistricting plan. If they approve the plan, it moves forward towards a June vote.

Parents for and against the plan say they will continue to fight up until that final vote. Earlier this month, parents from the Edenwilde subdivision in Roswell let their windows and wheels to do the talking during a protest of the redistricting plan.

Fulton County among best places for music education

Fulton County among best places for music education

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County has been recognized for the 12th year in a row as one of the best places to live for music education.

Only two school systems in the nation have received the honor every time the annual national survey has been given.

Released this week, the "Best Communities for Music Education" list represents an annual snapshot of music education at its best. It is based on a survey conducted by the NAMM Foundation and several partner organizations in the fields of music and education.

NAMM is a not-for-profit international association that represents the musical instruments and products industry.

"Fulton is well known locally and nationally for its music programs," said Superintendent Cindy Loe.

11Alive morning team gives teachers 'Our Favorite Things'

11Alive morning team gives teachers 'Our Favorite Things'

ATLANTA -- 11Alive's morning team rolled out the red carpet Monday morning to honor Metro Atlanta's "Class Act" teachers. The 31 men and women were nominated by their peers and students for special recognition for their committment to their classes and students.


On Monday, the 31 educators, their principals and some family and friends joined the 11Alive morning team as a live studio audience.


For a Random Act of Kindness, they all received some of our anchors' favorite things:


From Chesley and Men's Warehouse: a stylish matching tie and pocket square.


From Karyn and Spa Sydell: a gift certificate for much-deserved pampering.

Deadline approaches for Fulton Open Enrollment applications

Deadline approaches for Fulton Open Enrollment applications

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County School System has identified 16 schools that can accept transfer students during the 2011-2012 school year.

These schools are part of the "public school choice" legislation (H.B. 251). Approved in 2009, the law gives parents the option to choose a school outside of their attendance zone, provided it has available classroom space to accommodate transfers.

The application deadline is Monday, May 16 at 4:30 p.m.