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Authorities step up patrols at graduation time

Updated: 05/31/2007 - It's one of the happiest days for many high school seniors in Richmond County: graduation day. But the happy day could turn to a sad night for many who don't use common sense.

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Paine College President Set to Retire

Updated: 05/31/2007 - She's the thirteenth president at Paine College, a private school in Augusta. After thirteen years on the job, Dr. Shirley A.R. Lewis is planning to step down at the end of June.

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Should guns be allowed on school campus?

Updated: 05/17/2007 - Should guns be allowed on school campus? It's a question that has a lot of people talking in South Carolina after some lawmakers say concealed weapons should be allowed on campuses, even at elementary schools.

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Richmond County evaluates new educational model

Posted: 05/11/2007 - 60 school districts in Georgia are now using parts of an educational model that originated in Gainesville. Gov. Sonny Perdue believes it's the best system in the state. Now Richmond County is looking at the program.

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Richmond County school bus drivers air grievances

Updated: 05/11/2007 - Bus drivers in Richmond County are hoping for more pay and buses in better running condition. They protested at Thursday night's Richmond County Board of Education meeting.

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Grant-winning principal demoted, transferred

Updated: 05/11/2007 - Some big money is headed to an Augusta middle school. Glenn Hills Middle announced today they've been awarded a $1 million grant. But now the principal who worked to get the money won't get to see it used.

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Richmond County discusses bomb threat policy

Updated: 05/09/2007 - Richmond County schools have seen more than 120 bomb threats this school year. Now leaders and parents are trying to figure out what they can do. Tuesday, they held a public meeting to discuss the options.

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Special Assignment: Reading Right

Updated: 05/07/2007 - When it comes to teaching our kids to read, one local school has it figured out. In Mrs. Wright's second grade class, learning to read and write has never been so much fun...and the right answers just keep coming.

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Richmond County BOE to hold bomb threat meeting

Posted: 05/04/2007 - The Richmond County BOE will hold a meeting on Tuesday, May 8 at 2 o'clock to discuss the increasing number of bomb threats to schools in Richmond County. The public is invited to attend.

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Special Assignment: Graduation Coaches

Updated: 05/03/2007 - Governor Sonny Perdue wants to improve Georgia's graduation rates, so he's put coaches in every high school. In a News 12 Special Assignment, we investigated how well it's really working.

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Changes at Jenkins-White Elementary

Updated: 05/02/2007 - Last summer, the state of Georgia granted Jenkins-White charter status, the first in Richmond County. Local administrators pushed to make it a charter school after it failed to make adequate yearly progress.

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School takes away 12-year-old's lunch over $4 balance

Updated: 05/02/2007 - A 12-year-old's lunch was taken away by school officials in the middle of the cafeteria, all over just a few dollars. The superintendent of Columbia County schools tells News 12 it never should have happened.

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Public speaks out about Voyager

Updated: 05/01/2007 - Richmond County's reading program was under fire tonight. The school board heard publicly for the first time from opponents of the Voyager Universal Literacy program.

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Students dodge traffic going home from school

Updated: 04/30/2007 - Only on News 12, students crossing a dangerous intersection. Parents couldn't believe their eyes when they saw it for themselves...and the school board says it's not their responsibility.

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Use of phones during school threats a safety concern

Updated: 05/01/2007 - When there's a threat at your child's school, you want to know what's going on right away. But school officials say parents panicking and wanting information immediately is creating chaos and is a safety concern.

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State money could close school security holes

Updated: 04/25/2007 - Local lawmakers are fighting to get money that could be used to help protect your children. It's a possible solution to a security problem News 12 uncovered just weeks after a student was expelled for bringing a loaded gun to school.

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Columbia County BOE awaits info on Pre-K issue

Updated: 04/25/2007 - Will the Pre-K program in Columbia County stay or will it go? Some believe it was voted to dismiss the program in 2008, while others say it wasn't. The BOE says it has yet to make its final decision.

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Richmond County campus security varies by school

Updated: 04/24/2007 - A ninth grader has been expelled from Butler High for having a loaded weapon on campus. Now the question is how the student got the weapon in. News 12 investigated some problems with Richmond County school security.

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Warren County BOE member discriminates against military

Posted: 04/24/2007 - Discriminating against US service members who apply for jobs is illegal, but a Warren County Board of Education member used an applicant's military background as a reason to deny employment.

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Teachers, administrators evaluate Voyager

Updated: 04/23/2007 - The Voyager learning program has been Richmond County's reading program since 2001. Since then, taxpayers have spent $10 million on it. Friday, three school board members got to hear if you're getting your money's worth.

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Voyager learning program to be evaluated

Posted: 04/19/2007 - A reading program News 12 has been investigating for over a year is up for discussion at the Richmond County school board. Linda Schrenko first helped Richmond County purchase the Voyager Literacy Program.

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North Augusta teen arrested for terroristic threats

Updated: 04/19/2007 - A 14-year-old North Augusta boy has been arrested on a charge of “Disturbing Schools / Terroristic Threats”. While on school grounds, the suspect made the comment that he was going to “Virginia Tech this school”.

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