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Voters weigh education sales tax with SPLOST

Voters weigh education sales tax with SPLOST

ATLANTA -- Voters in two cities and six counties in Metro Atlanta will decide on Nov. 8 whether to renew a one-cent sales tax for school construction.

The education SPLOST is one-cent special purpose local option sales tax that was first approved by voters in Atlanta, Decatur and Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cherokee, Douglas and Henry counties in 1997.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters will be asked to continue that tax with SPLOST IV.

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

ATLANTA -- State officials have re-opened the pool for $10 million in low interest student loans. 

Lawmakers had set aside $20 million to help families after an overhaul of the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship took effect this summer.

Only about 5,200 students applied for the loans during the initial application period, which ended in July.

The Georgia Student Finance Authority has now re-opened the application process for the remaining $10 million in available loans.

Students have until Oct. 31 to apply for the Student Access Loan Program. 

For applications and details, visit GAcollege411's website.

Georgia's university system eyes campus mergers

Georgia's university system eyes campus mergers

ATLANTA -- The University System of Georgia will consider merging some of its 35 campuses to save money in a tight economy, system Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced Wednesday.

In his first initiative since taking office in July, the former state lawmaker and university administrator is instructing his staff to immediately start assessing opportunities for consolidations that would let the system operate more efficiently without jeopardizing its teaching, research and service missions.

The idea of merging some of the smaller Georgia colleges into larger campuses has been talked about off and on over the years but never has gone past the discussion stages. The staff, students and parents from the affected schools and their representatives in the General Assembly pose the most likely obstacles to consolidation plans becoming reality.

High school sports get a new 'beat'

High school sports get a new 'beat'

ATLANTA -- In just one week, Atlanta-area high school sports will get a new beat.

Beats Battle, the brainchild of atlanta.highschoolsports.net and Patchwerk Recording Studios, will give high school students the chance to use their talents to show pride in their schools and teams.

Each week Patchwerk will provide different beats on atlanta.highschoolsports.net. Students can download the beats, add lyrics that praise their favorite high school teams and upload their products to the Web.

Voters can visit atlanta.highschoolsports.net to select a weekly winner. At the end of the season, one grand prize winner will receive recording time in the legendary Patchwerk Studios.

Ferst Center Welcomes PROJECT Trio

Ferst Center Welcomes PROJECT Trio

FERST CENTER WELCOMES PROJECT TRIO

 

ATLANTAThe Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech 2011-12 season continues with high energy chamber music ensemble PROJECT Trio on Friday, September 30 at 12 p.m and 5 p.m.   Both shows are free and will be held outdoors in the amphitheater to the right of the Ferst Center, weather permitting.

PROJECT Trio is comprised of three virtuosic composer/performers from Brooklyn, NY.

$25 = 5 Visit Card for Sing-Along Drop-In Classes at Eclectic Music ($50 value)

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Color your way to a college scholarship

Color your way to a college scholarship

ATLANTA -- Coloring is perhaps one of the first activities a child embarks upon in his or her educational journey. It creates a foundation for activity and a lifetime of learning.

This September, coloring can also help create a financial foundation.

One lucky Georgia child will join Kendall Lapinskas of Dunwoody and Taylor Boyd of Covington in winning a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.