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School is (almost!) out in Bartow County

School is (almost!) out in Bartow County

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- The last day of school is fast approaching in metro Atlanta, with some districts dismissing as early as this week.

For Bartow County Schools, the last day is Friday, May 24.

Other last days of school in the Atlanta area include:

Thursday, May 16
Barrow County

Friday, May 17
Clarke County

Wednesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools (traditional)
Cherokee County
Gwinnett County

Thursday, May 23
Cobb County
Clayton County
Decatur City
DeKalb County
Fulton County
Rockdale County

Friday, May 24
Buford City
Carroll County
Coweta County
Fayette County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Griffin-Spalding County
Marietta City
Newton County
Paulding County

Student art on display at Booth

Student art on display at Booth

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- A display of student artwork will be on display at Booth Western Art Museum through May 12.

More than 50 pieces created by students in Bartow County and Cartersville City schools are currently hanging in the museum's Borderlands Gallery.

Learn more about the exhibit at boothmuseum.org.

The museum is located at 501 Museum Drive in Cartersville.

CTC student may redesign chamber's landscaping

CTC student may redesign chamber's landscaping

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- A horticulture student at Chattahoochee Technical College may soon get the opportunity to see one of his designs come to life in Bartow County.

Marietta resident Bob Rothman recently won a contest to spruce up the landscaping outside the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce.

His design includes an outdoor meeting and dining area, and a metal trellis to frame one side of the building. Rothman incorporated materials that reflect England, Germany and Japan, all of which have had a major influence on the chamber.

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2013 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2013 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

ATLANTA -- Some of the most talented young performers in Georgia have been recognized with nominations for the 2013 Shuler Hensley Awards.

The awards program honors the best high school musical theater productions in the state.

It is named for Cobb County native Shuler Hensley, a seasoned Broadway performer who has won a number of prestigious awards, including a Tony.

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This year's Shuler Hensley Awards nominees were announced Tuesday. The awards ceremony will be held Apr. 18 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

The nominees include:

Best Overall Production

* Avenue Q
Atlanta International School, Buckhead

* Les Misérables
Buford High School

Educators gain access to new Teacher Resource Link

Educators gain access to new Teacher Resource Link

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education launched the Teachers Resource Link (TRL) on Tuesday, giving educators access to digital resources that go along with Georgia's K-12 curriculum.

Mat Cardoza of GaDOE Communications reported that the TRL was developed to help facilitate teachers when they look for digital materials for students to use, based on their academic performance. By using the TRL, the state can quickly find those resources the students need to excel in the classroom.

There are 18,000 digital resources currently that make up the TRL, based on Georgia standards for K-12 teachers, Cardoza said. Every teacher has the same information coming from the same knowledge base. 

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said, "These kinds of tools are invaluable because they save our teachers a tremendous amount of time and will ultimately help our students be college and career ready because they are getting the best instruction possible."

Ga. Senate OKs scholarship tax credit changes

Ga. Senate OKs scholarship tax credit changes

ATLANTA --The Georgia Senate has approved changes to a tax credit program that provides scholarships for children to attend private schools.

State senators voted unanimously Thursday to support the changes, which include a reporting requirement on the average household income of recipients and requires eligible students to have attended public school for at least six weeks with a few exceptions.

Under the system, people can receive state tax credits by giving nonprofit scholarship providers donations of up to $1,000 for individuals and up to $2,500 for married couples.

The Southern Education Foundation had raised concerns that donors may have been allowed to earmark donations, although supporters had argued that was prohibited under the law. The Senate bill would add language specifically prohibiting that.

2 Bartow schools among 2012 AP STEM Schools

2 Bartow schools among 2012 AP STEM Schools

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Two Bartow County high schools are among the 2012 AP STEM Schools.

The honor is given annually to U.S. high schools that offer at least two Advanced Placement courses in both science and math.

Bartow's AP STEM Schools are Cass and Woodland.

The College Board, which gives AP exams every year, reported Wednesday that Georgia is the 12th state in the nation for the percentage of seniors earning passing scores on AP tests. More than 41 percent of Georgia's seniors took at least one AP exam in 2012, compared to the U.S. average of 32.4 percent.

"Georgia's students continue to outperform most of their peers throughout the country on Advanced Placement exams," State Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "These results show that Georgia's students can compete against any students in the nation."