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TOTY Finalists Announced

The district has named the finalists in the selection process for the 2011 Clayton County Public School's Teacher of the Year. The teachers selected as finalists are:

Samuel Wayne West is a teacher of middle grades at Rex Mill Middle School. He has 11 years of teaching experience and holds a bachelor’s degree from Fort Valley State University, a master’s degree from Strayer University, and a specialist’s degree from Liberty University.

Fareedah Wright Lockhart is a fifth grade teacher at McGarrah Elementary School. She has been teaching for nine years and holds a bachelor’s degree from Alabama A&M University, a master’s degree from Central Michigan University, and a specialist’s degree from Mercer University.

Natasha Clarke-Grant is a teacher of first grade at Lake City Elementary School.

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Georgia Implementing School Board Ethics Policies

ATLANTA (AP) -- School boards in Georgia will soon have more rules to follow.

The Georgia Department of Education is implementing a law passed by state legislators this spring that limits the size of school boards, requires boards to follow a state-developed code of ethics and sets policies to remove members from office if they don't follow the rules. The policy also sets up a statewide training program for local board members and creates conflict of interest and nepotism guidelines.

The law was passed after the 50,000-student Clayton County district lost accreditation in 2008 because of a squabbling, ineffective school board. The district has since replaced its entire board and regained its accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The new policies are expected to be in place by next year.

Mundy's Mill High Wins Presidential Award

Mundy's Mill High Transition/Career Technical Inservice or CTI students were presented the Presidential Bronze Service Award for their dedication to making a positive difference in their community through volunteerism. They were honored by the Atlanta Community Food Bank at the Carter Center. 

The student program received a congratulatory letter signed by President Barack Obama, a certificate bearing the presidential seal and a presidential pin.

No MARTA for Clayton County, At Least This Year

Four months after losing C-TRAN, Clayton County doesn't appear to be much closer to getting public transit back.

"It breaks my heart every day," said State Rep. Roberta Abdul-Salaam (D) of Riverdale.

Abdul-Salaam is among numerous advocates and politicians trying to enable the county to become a part of MARTA. They all say the county's Board of Commissioners has been stagnant on the issue.

Earlier this year, the state passed a bill that allowed Clayton County to break its sales tax cap and charge a penny sales tax toward public transit. The tax was estimated to raise $49 million per year, Abdul-Salaam says, which would have easily funded the county's participation in MARTA.

"We put [a non-binding referendum] in for July, hoping it would show the commission that there was enough public opinion and public outcry," Rep. Abdul-Salaam said. "That didn't happen."

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National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Walk and Celebration

Atlanta, Georgia- September 1, 2010 - Metro Atlanta Recovery Connections will host a One and Half Mile Walk and Celebration, Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 8:00 a.m., as part of the National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month)'s 21st anniversary and will address this year's theme, "Join the Voices for Recovery: Now More Than Ever!" 

The walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the intersection of James P. Brawley Dr. SW & Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., continuing west on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and ending at Mozley Park Recreation Center, 1565 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW. Rally begins at 10:00 a.m. at Mozley Park.

With an expected 1,000 participants, Metro-Atlanta Recovery Connection (MARC), a coalition of recovery community organizations, treatment centers, healthcare organizations, service providers, and advocacy groups, will lead a group of people in recovery.

MARTA for Clayton County?

Via Lee Biola and Citizens for Progressive Trasit:

Clayton Non-binding MARTA Vote Goes Forward

Deadline for Binding Vote Passes

RIVERDALE, GA – Mass transit supporters say quality bus and rail projects are still possible in Clayton County even though today's deadline to allow voters to formally join MARTA this year is passing.

“We would rather have been allowed to join MARTA this year,” said Pastor Jerome Dukes of Community Fellowship Christian Center International in Riverdale. “But the MARTA question that we did get on the ballot is empowering.”

The Clayton County Commission did not call a binding vote on MARTA in time to beat a September 2 deadline. But the Georgia General Assembly did pass a law earlier this year allowing Clayton voters to vote in a non-binding referendum.

That vote will take place November 2.

“We need to invest in future generations,” said Dukes.

Under Armour Athlete of the Week Candidates

Remember to vote on the Under Armour Athlete of the Week right here on Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net. (CLICK HERE>This week, each candidate is deserving of the award in his own way, but only one player can take home the prize.

North Clayton linebacker Amarlo Herrera is the only defensive player on the list, but the University of Georgia commit stated a strong case for himself in the Eagles' 28-0 win over Riverdale. In North Clayton's season opener, Herrera racked up 17 tackles, helping his team to a shutout victory over Region 4-4A rival.