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Schools Fail No Child Left Behind

Updated: 10/17/2005 - Many Columbia County parents are just finding out some schools did not make the requirements under the federal No Child Left Behind Act last spring. News 12 is on your side with ways they plan to turn things around.

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Attendance Policy Exceptions

Updated: 10/14/2005 - In Columbia County, the school attendance policy is a hot topic. The county’s new state-mandated attendance policy for this year allows for only two excused absences. But this short notice is a problem for some families who are planning vacations.

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BOE Fights for Evans Landmark

Updated: 10/13/2005 - In Columbia County, the Board of Education is fighting to save a piece of local history. Evans Middle School is over capacity and the current building will be demolished.

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New Middle School to Ease Overcrowding

Updated: 10/12/2005 - Most of the middle schools in Columbia County are at capacity. News 12 is on your side with how a new school may help solve the problem.

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Getting Kids Excited about Science

Updated: 10/10/2005 - Say ‘science and math’ and some kids run scared. But News 12 is on your side with some ways educators are getting kids jazzed about those very subjects.

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Tough Times for Augusta Youth Center

Updated: 10/06/2005 - These are tough times for the Augusta Youth Center. Tuesday, they got a $5,000 donation, but now that money is gone. News 12 is on your side to show you why the center may have to close if more money doesn’t come in soon.

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Daycares Increase Fees

Updated: 10/05/2005 - The rise in fuel costs is making it hard for everyone, even daycare centers. As News 12 reports, many centers have had to go up on their fees in order to continue operating their vehicles.

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New Literacy Center Opens

Updated: 09/29/2005 - 1 out of 3 parents in Georgia has a reading related difficulty. It could be as simple as reading a note your child brings home from school. We're on your side with as closer look at the problem and how there's help right here at home.

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Parents Unhappy About GA Schools Closing

Updated: 09/27/2005 - Getting childcare at the last minute is a challenge. And that’s why many parents were left to do after Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue cancelled school on Monday and Tuesday to help the diesel fuel shortage for school buses.

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Open Seat on Richmond Co. Board of Education

Updated: 09/27/2005 - There’s an open seat on the Richmond County School Board and three people want to fill it. Johnny Hatney’s qualified to run for the Augusta Commission, and now someone has to fill the remainder of his term for super district 9.

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Daycares Busy While Schools Are Out

Updated: 01/11/2007 - Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue’s request for public schools to take two days off this week is causing parents to scramble and day care centers to make some changes. It’s all an effort to conserve fuel across the state.

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Governor Requests Schools Close

Updated: 09/26/2005 - Governor Sonny Perdue has requested Georgia public schools close on Monday and Tuesday to conserve fuel. The following schools have confirmed they will be closed: Lincoln County, Columbia County, Glascock County...

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Columbia County Bus Driver Arrested

Updated: 09/23/2005 - It’s the second time this year Lakeside High School has had money stolen, first from its band booster account and most recently from its football ticket sales. News 12 is on your side with why the person responsible could be on the county payroll.

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School Calendar Debate

Updated: 09/19/2005 - Some parents in Columbia County are still pushing for a later start date for schools. Some people think students are better off taking their final exams before the break.

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Young Evacuees at Local Schools

Updated: 09/20/2005 - Walk down the halls of North Augusta Elementary and you’d never know there are four new students brought out of devastation along the Gulf Coast to learn here. They’re fitting in and the experience is making some re-think how much they miss home.

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Aiken County Bus Stops Changing

Updated: 09/15/2005 - Bus stops for some kids in Aiken County may be changing. As new kids move to the county, sometimes extra stops are added that really aren’t allowed. News 12 is on your side with why some bus stops will disappear.

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Students Raise Money for Katrina Victims

Updated: 09/07/2005 - Students in the area are doing their part to help Hurricane Katrina victims in creative ways. News 12 shows you how Columbia Middle School students have raised so much money in just two days and how much they hope to have by the end of the week.

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Last Minute Deal Fuels SC Buses

Updated: 09/07/2005 - A last minute agreement keeps South Carolina’s students on the bus. Until just hours ago, the state-run school buses only had enough fuel to drive through Friday. News 12 is on your side with the state’s back-up plan.

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Janet Hicks Calling the Shots at Augusta Prep

Updated: 08/24/2005 - From the daily grind at Fort Gordon to the daily grind in high school. Last month, Janet Hicks retired as Fort Gordon’s commander, taking a job at Augusta Prep. News 12 shows you how Janet Hicks is handling students of a different kind.

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Aiken Students Influence The Nation's Fitness

Updated: 01/11/2007 - Picture your high school gym class. Now think of who was running the track and who was walking in the back. Often, it’s teenage girls who detest fitness. But a University of South Carolina study finds there are ways to change that. Three of the school in their study were in Aiken County.

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New Guidelines for School Cafeteria Food

Updated: 08/22/2005 - There are new federal guidelines for school meals going into effect this year nationwide. But Columbia County schools have been following most of these guidelines for years.

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Jeanie Hill Talks to News 12

Updated: 08/19/2005 - New documents released today by the Columbia County Board of Education show a high level of frustration. Most of it aimed at former Riverside Principal Jeanie Hill, who was demoted after failing to immediately report allegations of abuse. News 12 gets reaction from Jeanie Hill.

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Uniforms for Needy Students

Updated: 08/10/2005 - It’s an effort to cut down on distractions in Richmond County schools and again this year schools will be enforcing the uniform policy. But what about underprivileged students who can’t afford school uniforms?

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Performing Arts Charter School Opens

Updated: 08/10/2005 - Aiken County’s first public performing arts school opened Tuesday. As News 12 reports, students and educators at Aiken Performing Arts Academy say this school is filling a big need.

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Aiken County Teachers Get Ready For School

Updated: 08/05/2005 - Aiken County kids head back to class on Tuesday. As News 12 found out, teachers busy setting up their classrooms have mixed emotions. Putting the finishing touches on her third grade classroom, East Aiken High School’s first-year teacher Ashley Hollowell wants everything to be just right. Ashley admits, she’s nervous.

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