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S.C. students declare majors long before college

Posted: 02/28/2006 - At Midland Valley High School, a pilot program is underway for the Aiken County school district. Right now teachers and administrators are designing a plan to help students decide what they may want to do after high school. If the plan works this next school year, the same plan could be in place the following year for the whole district.

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Computers help track what children eat

Updated: 01/11/2007 - Chances are you aren't around when your child's eating lunch at school. That can pose a problem if they're allergic to certain foods or they need to back off the brownies. News 12's Meredith Taylor is on your side with the Richmond County school district's solution.

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Grant Makes SC School Buses Cleaner

Posted: 02/23/2006 - The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded its largest grant to South Carolina schools. The money will be used to make the state's school buses more environmentally friendly.

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Teachers Say Communication A Problem

Posted: 02/10/2006 - They say communication is key and teachers do it everyday with their students. But why are some saying it's not as easy to do with their administrators? News 12's has more on what is and isn't being talked about.

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Columbia County School Calendar Options

Updated: 02/03/2006 - A calendar committee has come up with a survey for Columbia County parents to decide when school should start. There are three calendar options. The Board of Education wants parents to go online to take part in the survey.

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Class Sizes in Georgia to be Smaller

Updated: 01/26/2006 - Governor Perdue wants smaller school class sizes across the state as soon as next fall. News 12 is on your side with how that will affect Richmond and Columbia County schools.

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Officials Present Three School Start Dates

Updated: 01/26/2006 - Another hot school topic is when to start classes and thousands of students in our area could be affected. News 12 is on your side with the three dates under consideration.

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New Outlet for Education in Columbia County

Updated: 01/19/2006 - In just a few weeks some of you in Columbia County will have to temporarily pick another library. Gibbs Memorial will close its doors to become a part of a new state of the art facility. News 12 is on your side with a preview of the new outlet for education.

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New Augusta Tech Campus Closer to Completion

Updated: 01/19/2006 - Augusta Technical College is one step closer to breaking ground in Columbia County. The school just received more money for a new campus. News 12 is on your side with what the money is for and how it will help hundreds of students get an education.

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Parents Decide When Kids Start School

Updated: 01/17/2006 - Parents will get to decide when their kids go back to school. Columbia County will send out surveys after getting a number of complaints about this year's early start date of August 3rd. But some educators think a later date could mean lower scores.

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Bats Infest Aiken County School

Posted: 01/13/2006 - It was a busy day for exterminators as they caught hundreds of bats inside an Aiken County middle school. News 12 tells you how the school is handling the bat bother.

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Gov. Perdue Puts Emphasis on Education

Updated: 01/11/2006 - Governor Sonny Perdue is calling 2005 an economic comeback year for Georgia. Now he says education is at the top of his agenda for 2006. News 12 is on your side to explain the governor’s plans and how they will help out schools.

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Same-Sex Classrooms in Harlem

Updated: 01/05/2006 - Boys and girls in one Columbia County school won't be sharing the same classroom anymore, at least for the rest of this school year. Harlem Middle is one of several schools that didn't meet federal standards under the No Child Left Behind Act.

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Magnet High School is Taking Applications

Updated: 01/05/2006 - A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School will be accepting applications for grades nine and 10 for the 2006-07 school year.

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Special Assignment: No Nino Left Behind

Updated: 02/01/2007 - The number of students across the country who speak English as a second language grows every year, so teachers must include language lessons in the regular curriculum. Sounds like a challenge, but English-speaking students are learning more as well.

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Panic Buttons in Schools

Updated: 11/11/2005 - They’re called panic buttons and their purpose is to prevent panics in Georgia’s classrooms. News 12 is on your side with how these buttons could soon make your child a whole lot safer.

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Aiken County AYP Scores

Updated: 11/10/2005 - Aiken County gets a good report card for the fifth straight year from the state Department of Education. 2004’s Adequate Yearly Progress report dropped slightly for Aiken County. They got a good rating, but several individual schools declined.

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Columbia County School Progress

Updated: 11/09/2005 - Some Columbia County schools are among the top in the state. Eleven meet or exceed the minimum standards and test scores set by the state, and they were honored at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.

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New Elementary to Buy Neighborhing Homes

Updated: 10/31/2005 - Plans to build a new elementary school in Richmond County have one homeowner upset. The school board sent out six letters on Friday to the homes near the future site of Hornsby Elementary off Sand Bar Ferry and Kentucky Ave.

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Local Schools Need More Money

Updated: 10/27/2005 - Most of the money it takes to run school programs may soon be coming out of your pocket. And that’s because local schools are not getting enough from the Department of Education. News 12 is on your side with the rising cost of public education.

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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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