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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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No redrawing in controversial Pre-K lottery

Updated: 04/13/2007 - The Columbia County school board says there will not be a redrawing for what's become a controversial Pre-K lottery. The school board says that weeks before the drawing took place, teachers asked for preferential treatment...

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Petersen opponents, supporters speak at board meeting

Updated: 04/13/2007 - At Thursday's brief McDuffie County school board meeting, three people got up to speak about Dr. Mark Petersen, the superintendent. Last month, News 12 reported on an audit of the school system.

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Changes at Alternative School making difference

Updated: 04/12/2007 - Augusta's Alternative School is where students are sent who cause trouble. But now, the principal is inviting the community to see the changes they're making and how it's affecting learning.

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Columbia County Pre-K program in jeopardy

Updated: 04/12/2007 - First it was the issue of an alleged fixed drawing for preschool slots in Columbia County. Now there's talk the county may be getting rid of its Pre-K program altogether.

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School bomb threats out of hand

Updated: 04/11/2007 - Parents and teachers agree that bomb threats are out of control. With statewide CRCT exams coming up next week, administrators say they're expecting more fake threats. Now there's a new plan to try to stop them in Richmond County.

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Georgia Pre-K enrollment highly competitive

Updated: 04/11/2007 - The Columbia County school board is looking into a lottery for Pre-K positions that some say was done unfairly. Academics these days are competitive, even at the pre-kindergarten level.

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Pre-K selection process under investigation

Updated: 04/11/2007 - There are only so many slots in River Ridge Elementary's Pre-K program to go around, so the county had to draw names for them. But the outcome has some parents claiming the results were rigged.

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Richmond County superintendent search moving forward

Posted: 04/09/2007 - 30 people so far have applied for the job of Richmond County School Superintendent, some as far away as New Jersey and Oklahoma. Eight of the applicants are currently superintendents.

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McDuffie County BOE to discuss superintendent

Posted: 04/09/2007 - The McDuffie County school board will meet this Thursday, April 12 at 6 p.m. to talk about Superintendent Dr. Mark Petersen. The Board of Education says they've received a lot of complaints recently.

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Augusta says goodbye to Dr. Larke

Updated: 04/02/2007 - Former Superintendent Dr. Charles Larke officially retired from the system Friday. We talked with many who say they are focusing on the future and not the negative past.

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