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APS Receives $16.4M Grant To Encourage STEM Education

Jul 20, 2017
Ada Montgomery / WABE

Atlanta Public Schools accepted a $16.4 million grant today to encourage "STEM" education on the city's Westside through the Westside Future Fund.

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The target neighborhoods are English Avenue, Vine City, Ashview Heights and Atlanta University Center.

The Westside Future Fund is a nonprofit organization with the mission of helping the quality of life in Atlanta’s historic Westside neighborhoods.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the new March jobless metro Atlanta was 5.9 percent. That is down from 6.1 percent in February and 7 percent from March 2014.
David Goldman / Associated Press

State labor officials say Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has dropped to 4.8 percent — the lowest level since September 2007.

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The Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday announced the June unemployment figure. It is the fifth month in a row that the state's jobless rate has declined.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement that Georgia's unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in almost 10 years because employers continue to create jobs.

Arizona Sen. John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer, the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix says. McCain, 80, underwent surgery for a blood clot on July 14.

The hospital says testing revealed that a tumor "known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot."

"The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation," the hospital statement said.

Algebra is one of the biggest hurdles to getting a high school or college degree — particularly for students of color and first-generation undergrads.

It is also the single most failed course in community colleges across the country. So if you're not a STEM major (science, technology, engineering, math), why even study algebra?

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