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Parents helping shape education policy through council

Two local parents will be on hand to deliver input on the progress of schools at today's meeting of the state's first Parent Advisory Council.

February 24, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Local

Fidel Castro’s daughter speaks about her father

Alina Fernandez, daughter of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, shared personal stories of her life in Cuba on Tuesday, including her escape nearly 20 years ago and memories of the father she said she wouldn't care to meet again.

February 23, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Local

Brian Sloan runs for re-election to Hall school board

Brian Sloan announced Monday his bid for re-election to the Hall County Board of Education Post 2.

February 22, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Elections

Hall school board discusses cell phones, language programs

Hall County school board members took strides on Monday to ensure schools continue to progress in technology initiatives and multicultural learning despite a weakened economy.

February 22, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Local

Habitat High program welcomes first girl

Habitat High is now officially coed.

February 21, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Local

Student runs his race to the runway

At 17, most teens lose sleep over prom and the latest Facebook gossip. But Zach Lurie is well on his way to becoming a mini mogul in the fashion world.

February 21, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Life

Chicken pies for progress

In 1925, Brookton Elementary School raised $63 selling homemade chicken pies that they carted to the school in washtubs and sold in order to build a much-needed road.

Eighty-five years and thousands of pies later, the Chicken Pie Supper is still held at Wauka Mountain Elementary, the school's successor, and has become the largest and most anticipated fundraiser of the year.

February 21, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Viewpoint

Students learn about cultures at Chinese New Year celebration

The World Language Academy rang in the Chinese New Year Friday evening, drawing together students and their families for a multicultural celebration.

February 19, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Local

PBS features Gainesville’s Interactive Neighborhood for Kids

A Gainesville organization will be featured as one of the state's top stops for kids on a Georgia Public Broadcast program airing Friday night.

February 19, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Local

Message from a Freedom Rider: Love the people, change the politics

When Diane Nash left for work in 1960s Nashville, Tenn., she knew might not ever make it home again.

February 19, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Local

Olympian connects with local students

Even when speaking with an Olympic athlete vying for gold in the 2010 Winter Games, kids still say the darnedest things.

February 18, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Local

Gainesville CRCT investigation spurs a local look

Gainesville city school officials will move forward with an investigation into last week's Criterion-Referenced Competency Test erasure analysis that found two system schools had an abnormally high number of erasures on last spring's test.

February 17, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Local

Teachers eager to learn, add new technology

The media center at Flowery Branch High School was somewhat of an alternate universe Tuesday afternoon.

February 16, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Local

Private schools, students push to keep grant in budget

At 40 years old, Maureen Hewag doesn't look like the typical first-year student studying on a Monday afternoon in Brenau University's student center.

February 15, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Georgia Legislature

Technology delivers homework -- on a snow day?

The walls at Lakeview Academy in Gainesville echo with the racket usually associated with school halls: lots of chatter, locker doors slamming and footsteps racing to beat the tardy bell.

February 14, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Life

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