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DeKalb School Board Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green
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Students in the DeKalb County schools will finally go back to class Friday. Schools in the state’s third-largest district have been closed since Tropical Storm Irma hit Atlanta Monday. DeKalb was hit harder than some other areas, like Cobb County, which resumed classes Wednesday.

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DeKalb Superintendent R. Stephen Green said county and school officials worked at "warp speed" to make sure students can safely return Friday.

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One nerve-wracking part of applying to college can be taking the entrance exam. Students usually choose between two: the ACT and the SAT. The ACT released its 2017 results Thursday.

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Georgia’s overall composite score improved, as did scores in each subject: English, reading, math and science. For the second consecutive year, Georgia’s composite score was slightly above the national average.

Ian Palmer

Each year, Georgia schools teach fire safety. Those classes came in handy for one Atlanta student last summer. LyNila Cain, a fifth grader at Slater Elementary School, was recognized Wednesday for saving her family from a house fire.

In the middle of math class, the door swung open, and media, family, and school officials all swooped in.  Walmart presented LyNila with a bookbag full of supplies and a $100 gift card.

“We’re here to celebrate [LyNila] as an everyday hero,” said Slater Principal Lenise Bostic.

In this Nov. 20, 2014 photo, eight grader Aklya Thomas and teacher Faren Fransworth use a digital textbook to during a math class at Burney Harris Lyons Middle School in Athens, Ga.
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A new poll from Phi Delta Kappa International shows when it comes to public schools, Georgians favor local control and fewer standardized tests.

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According to the survey, 57 percent of Georgians prefer local control, compared to 48% percent of respondents nationally.

Clayton County school district

In 2008, some residents of Clayton County were shocked when the local public school district lost its accreditation. That prompted Georgia's then-Gov. Sonny Perdue to remove four school board members for alleged ethics violations. Thousands of families left the district.

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