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Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

FOREST PARK, Ga. -- How do you expose urban youth to Georgia’s agriculture? You open a Pizza Farm!

Fourth and fifth grade students from the Atlanta metropolitan area will learn about Georgia agriculture by making, and eating, pizza at the second annual Pizza Farm event.

County agents with the Cooperative Extension Metro Collaborative of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton counties will lead the event set for Oct. 21-23 at the Georgia State Farmers Market in Forest Park, Ga. The students will learn how dairy, vegetables, grains and meats come together to make the pizza.  

AP exam participation: Clayton County

AP exam participation: Clayton County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Clayton County, 1,597 students took 2,452 AP exams in 2014, and 276 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Clayton County public high school:

Drew HS
91 students took 119 exams
4 passing scores

2014 Reward Schools: Clayton County

2014 Reward Schools: Clayton County

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has released its list of 2014 Reward Schools.

Such schools are identified under the state's waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. They are Title I schools that fall into one of two categories.

Clayton County's 2014 Reward Schools include:

Highest Performing -- Among the top 5 percent of Georgia's Title I schools; have highest absolute performance from all student groups for at least three years
* Clayton County had no Highest Performing schools in 2014

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has made free interactive digital textbooks available on its website.

Students, parents and educators are welcome to use the books, which feature games, discussion questions, quizzes and other study elements.

They are available for middle and high school courses in such subjects as language arts, math, science, social studies, electives and several world languages -- Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said students who have used the digital textbook have had much classroom success with them.

Visit gavirtuallearning.org to access the textbook materials.

2 Clayton schools named Alert Schools

2 Clayton schools named Alert Schools

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has released its 2014 list of Alert Schools, which includes two schools in Clayton County.

An Alert School cannot be identified as a Priority or Focus school under Georgia's waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It must show a lack of progress on statewide assessments among all students over the past three school years, and is based on the lowest achievement of the "all students" group.

Clayton County's Alert Schools include Edmonds Elementary School and Harper Elementary School.

Students shut out of new Riverdale charter school

Students shut out of new Riverdale charter school

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- A brand new charter school in Clayton County was scheduled to open Monday morning, but when students put on their uniforms and arrived at the building, they were not allowed to go inside.

Utopian Academy for the Arts in Riverdale was denied the right to open by the Clayton County School Board for three years. The Georgia Charter Schools Commission finally approved the start-up charter school last year.

But a county official reportedly told Utopian Academy principal Artesius Miller that he needed a business license to access the school and, because he didn't have one, the building could not receive a certificate of occupancy.

Back to school: Free and reduced-price lunch guidelines

Back to school: Free and reduced-price lunch guidelines

(WXIA) -- Thousands of Georgia students return to the classroom this week, and many of them meet the requirements for free and reduced-price meals during the school day.

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"It is important to provide our students with healthy, nutritious meals to help improve their chances of success and increase their learning opportunities," Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Director Nancy Rice said in a statement. "Research indicates that eating habits affect learning. We want to ensure all our children are well nourished and ready to learn."

Families that qualify for free and reduced-price lunch will get applications from their children's schools.

Students can receive the meals if: