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The School Nutrition Association held its annual conference at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta this week. More than 900 vendors presented the latest in school food trends.

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There were all kinds of food options, including international, gluten-free and vegetarian fare. Companies also brought equipment to sell, from slicers and dicers to high-tech freezers.

Mastery Transcript Consortium

An international consortium of private schools is trying to transform the high school transcript. Instead of listing subjects and grades — or grade point averages — the so-called “mastery transcript” would list a range of credits for skills students have mastered.

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Flipping The Script

2015 had the highest reported youth suicides in the past five years.
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Georgia has shown improvements in the economic well-being of its residents and in its public education system. But, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual "Kids Count" report, Georgia ranks 42nd among states when it comes to the well-being of its children.

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According to the School Nutrition Association, which represents workers who provide the meals, almost 80 percent of schools surveyed by the organization are reporting an increase in the number of free lunches served in 2008.
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State data show 62 percent of children in Georgia’s public schools receive free and reduced-price meals during the school year. But just 17 percent of those kids take advantage of free summer meal programs. Some state agencies and nonprofits are trying to boost that number.

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Martha Dalton

On a Monday afternoon at Fulton County’s S.L. Lewis Elementary School, 144 students gather in the gym after dismissal. They are grouped in “nests” of 12 kids each. As they wait for everyone to arrive, they talk excitedly to other students and group leaders.

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