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Clayton sees growth in percentage of students graduating on time

Clayton County Public Schools experienced a year-over-year jump in the percent of students graduating its high schools on time.

Police departments investigate reports of shots fired near school bus

Officers with Clayton County Public Schools Police are working with Clayton County Police Department in the investigation of the report of shots fired near a bus stop Wednesday morning.

Officials to host literacy, numeracy parent workshop Saturday

School officials have planned a “Literacy and Numeracy” Title I Parent Workshop for Saturday.

Clayton State officials support ‘affordable transportation’

As voters head to the polls to help decide on the MARTA issue, Clayton State University is lending its support of public transportation in Clayton County.

BOE responds to news of $4 million ‘emergency purchase’

Clayton County school board members were confounded Monday by a $4 million “emergency purchase” district administrators defended as necessary to adhere to state mandates for online testing.

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Residents give input on future of Lovejoy

Residents got a chance to give input on what they want to see in the future of their city Thursday.

Clayton sets teacher job fair Nov. 11

Officials are reaching out early this year to get highly qualified educators who might be interested in continuing their career in Clayton County Public Schools.

Local teens participate in Chick-fil-A Leader Academy

Students help provide a million meals for hungry youth

Hundreds of teens in 15 high schools between Clayton and Henry counties joined forces this month to pack meals for local children in need.

Treats from the trunk in Lovejoy

Officials are calling for volunteers and community groups to pitch in to help out with the city-sponsored Trunk-or-Treat event Oct. 31.

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Deadline approaches for military academy nomination applications

School Notebook 10-24-14

U.S. Congressman David Scott (GA-13) is reminding interested students of the fast-approaching Oct. 31 deadline to submit applications for a congressional nomination to one of the U.S. Military Academies.

New Vision Christian Church to host wellness fair Saturday

Senior Pastor Luke S. Hall of New Vision Christian Church will join the church and its community partners to celebrate life with breast cancer survivors during a free wellness fair Saturday.

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GAE president campaigning for education this election season

Georgia Association of Educators President Sid Chapman is touring the state this election season in an attempt to “get out the vote” and drum up support for education issues.

Lovejoy moves forward with comprehensive plans, updates

Council voted unanimously Monday during its regular meeting to extend Lovejoy’s Service Delivery Strategy contract with Clayton County.

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State Rep. Glanton speaks to retired educators

Chairman Turner presents Retired Educators proclamation

The room erupted in applause, as members agreed with the sentiment that teachers are increasingly bogged down with paperwork.

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Fire lieutenant named Clayton County’s 2014 Public Safety Professional of the Year

Firefighters, officers, deputies and public safety support staff headlined the 42nd Annual Public Safety Appreciation luncheon Wednesday.

Clayton State invites Tri Cities, Woodland High to Choral Invitational

School Notebook 10-17-14

The Clayton State University Chorale, the Tri Cities High School Concert Chorale and the Woodland High School Le Voce will join forced Tuesday in hosting a free collaborative concert called the Clayton State Choral Invitational.

Knights of Columbus to recognize local public safety personnel

The Knights of Columbus No. 6352 Tara Council will observe the 42nd Annual Public Safety Appreciation Day with a recognition luncheon Wednesday.

Clayton behind state average on standardized testing

Clayton County Public Schools continues to lag behind the state average on standardized testing.

Rep. Glanton to speak at monthly CCREA meeting Oct. 21

School Notebook 10-10-14

The Clayton County Retired Educators Association plans to have its monthly meeting and luncheon Oct. 21 at Jonesboro United Methodist Church, 142 S. Main St.

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Spivey’s October programming hits full swing with organist performance Saturday

October marks the launch of three Spivey Series and three debut performances for Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall.

BOE agrees to back pay

Decision follows teacher appeals, negotiations

The Clayton County Board of Education has agreed to award back pay to two former teachers — this following drawnout appeals cases and negotiations dating back to 2012.

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Tara Elementary kids celebrate Georgia Pre-K Week

The children excitedly gathered round Demetria King, who made quick work of Norman Bridwell children’s book, “Clifford’s First Halloween.”

McQueen wins fight in child abuse reporting appeal

A Clayton County teacher has successfully defended herself against accusations she did not report possible child abuse in a “timely manner.”

Fall break Thursday, Friday

Early dismissal Wednesday

Fall break begins early for students this year in Clayton County Public Schools.

BOE approves policy amendments on facility expansion, administrative processes

The Clayton County Board of Education approved amendments to two of its policies Monday.

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Elite Scholars Academy a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School

Morrow school one of 12 across Georgia to be honored

Elite Scholars Academy has been designated a National Blue Ribbon School.

Clayton State names 2014 Alumni Award winners

School Notebook 10-3-14

Clayton State University Director of Alumni Relations Leila Tatum has announced the results of the voting for the 2014 Clayton State University Alumni Association Awards.

Tax filing extended deadline nears

Two weeks remain before the extended deadline to file and pay income taxes.

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Weekend full of sounds

Weekend full of sounds

October is filled with parades and field competitions for local high school marching bands.

BOE reviewing new assessment management system

The Clayton County Board of Education heard a proposal Monday to contract with the instructional improvement assessment management system provider EduTrax for $1 million.

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Mother, wife talks about cancer diagnosis, journey

LaSaundra Miller and her husband, Mac Canada, learned last winter she had colon cancer.

Pointe South Middle teen’s funeral set Saturday

The community has turned out for the family of Andrea Penson, mourning the 13-year-old’s death.

State Charter Schools Commission approves Du Bois in Clayton County

The State Charter Schools Commission has approved Du Bois Integrity Academy as one of the state’s three new public charter schools for the 2015-16 school year.

Spivey Hall: November concerts feature famed quartet, pianist, swing band

Events include the Georgia Music Teachers Association Conference

November is thick with programming at Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall.

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Stamps-Jones denies not reporting potential child abuse

Unresponsive DFCS complicates case on mandatory reporting

A school counselor pushed back Thursday against allegations she did not do enough to report suspected child abuse in Clayton County Public Schools.

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Lovejoy High student a semifinalist for National Achievement Scholarship

National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced Samuel Obi of Lovejoy High is a semifinalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

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Clayton State held first Undergraduate Mediation Tournament

School Notebook 9-26-14

The Center for Business and International Negotiation in the College of Business at Clayton State University held its first Undergraduate Mediation Tournament Sept. 13.

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Unidos kids get bilingual lessons

Thelma Blackman quickly transitioned from one language to another as she greeted visitors to the front office at Unidos Dual Language Charter School.

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Retired educators get recharged, refocused on children

Several retired educators learned more about the vision and mission of an organization whose aim is to keep Clayton County children fed.

Appeals panel rules to fire absentee teacher

A teacher accused of job abandonment was a “no show” for a hearing in which he was scheduled to defend himself.

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Lovejoy promotes literacy with ‘take one, give one’ box libraries

Neighborhoods around the city soon may spring with birdhouse-like boxes filled with family-friendly books.

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Bus driver prepared to return to route, despite terrifying crash

Terri Pettiford recounted the hair-raising seconds she had to keep a bad situation from worsening.

Clayton teacher defends against test-cheating allegations

A Clayton County teacher accused of allowing students more time to complete a standardized test last spring, answered those allegations in a personnel hearing Thursday.

Clayton State announces 2014 Chancellor’s Service Excellence Award nominees

School Notebook 9-19-14

Clayton State University has submitted seven nominations for the University System of Georgia’s 2014 Chancellor’s Service Excellence Awards.

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Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity kicks off build in Lovejoy

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity began this week on a month-long project to build a house for a single mother and son, who has cerebral palsy.

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Police arrest student in bomb threat at Forest Park High School

Suspect was member of school's wrestling team last season

Officials have made an arrest regarding Tuesday’s bomb threat allegedly made by a 17-year-old student at Forest Park High.

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Organizers estimate thousands turned out for Lovejoy’s FallFest

Organizers gave away in excess of 300 pumpkins to festival-goers Saturday.

Officials: Bus crash ruptures gas line, but no injuries are reported

School officials reported no injuries were suffered from a twilight accident involving a car, bus and house.

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Teacher accused of job abandonment a no-show for appeals case

A teacher accused of job abandonment was a “no show” for a hearing in which he was scheduled to defend himself.

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Lovejoy council acts on lot permit fees

Police to receive bullet proof vests, AEDs

City council took action Monday to address a changing property and development market in Lovejoy.