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Must-reading for Georgia parents of students in grades, 3, 5 and 8

If you’re a parent or guardian of a Georgia public school student in grade 3, 5 or 8 and you want them to be promoted to the next grade, sorry to ruin your spring break, but you might want to ensure your child understands this next sentence before the state’s standardized testing period starts next month: The high stakes of those exams for these students have returned after a two-year hiatus.

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School board mostly mum about abuse allegations against proposed contractor

Muscogee County School Board members are mostly mum about their reaction to allegations of student abuse against the company to whom the superintendent wants to award a $6.4 million contract to run alternative education programs. The Ledger-Enquirer reported those allegations after Thursday’s specially called work session, where Muscogee County School District superintendent David Lewis and his administration chiefs presented the board their plan to contract with Camelot Education of Austin, Texas.

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National champion high school automotive program seeking donations

Members of the national champion Jordan Vocational High School automotive program are raising money to help pay for its trip to West Palm Beach, Fla., for the Barrett-Jackson auction, April 6-8, when the classic Ford Mustang they rebuilt to win the Quaker State “Best in Class Challenge” will go to the highest bidder and the profit will benefit the program. The car is on display through March 26 at Peachtree Mall, where program members are showing folks the result of their hard work, sharing their triumphant story and collecting donations.

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Muscogee County School Board hears plan to revise alternative education

Superintendent David Lewis and his administration presented the Muscogee County School Board during a specially called work session Thursday evening a proposed plan to revise alternative education programs in the Muscogee County School District. Lewis wants to improve how the district serves three types of students: students assigned to alternative school for serious disciplinary offenses; students who are over-aged and under-credited (e.g. 15 years old currently enrolled in 7th grade); and students with emotional behavioral disorders that require therapeutic services beyond that which is normally provided in schools.

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Superintendent proposes $6.4M for contractor to run alternative ed programs

Superintendent David Lewis and his administration presented the Muscogee County School Board during a specially called work session Thursday evening a proposed plan to revise alternative education programs in the Muscogee County School District. Lewis wants to improve how the district serves three types of students: students assigned to alternative school for serious disciplinary offenses; students who are over-aged and under-credited (e.g. 15 years old currently enrolled in 7th grade); and students with emotional behavioral disorders that require therapeutic services beyond that which is normally provided in schools.

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Superintendent further explains reason for called work session

Superintendent David Lewis has provided more details about the reason for the Muscogee County School District’s specially called work session, scheduled to start Thursday at 5 p.m. After the administration emailed the vague announcement Wednesday afternoon, disclosing only that the work session was called to present a proposed plan to revise alternative education programs, Lewis responded to the Ledger-Enquirer’s questions via text messages.

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If you care about alternative education in Muscogee, you might want to attend

The Muscogee County School District announced Wednesday a specially called school board work session for Thursday at 5 p.m. to hear the administration present a proposed plan to revise alternative education programs in the district. No information about the plan or why the work session was called with one-day notice was available from the administration, but a board member shed some light on the situation.

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‘American Idol’ style teaching contest coming to Columbus State

In a contest modeled after the “American Idol” TV show, six Hardaway High School students coached by five Columbus State University education majors will teach a lesson to four Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy fourth-graders live on stage Thursday night, and a panel of CSU and Muscogee County School District educators will be the judges who determine the winner. Admission to the 7 p.m. the “Teach to Columbus” event is free, and so are the pizza and drinks, starting at 6 p.m., in Room 1304 of Frank D. Brown Hall, the CSU College of Education and Health Professions headquarters in downtown Columbus.

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‘Radically changed’ system of cleaning Muscogee schools moves toward fruition

Even the administration’s operations chief, David Goldberg, acknowledged the proposal would “radically change” who cleans the Muscogee County School District’s schools, but it continued toward fruition Monday night, when nobody voiced opposition during the Muscogee County School Board’s work session. Goldberg addressed board members to answer questions from them and the public since he presented the proposal during last month’s work session.

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Columbus High, Carver principals make friendly bet ahead of state title game

The matchup for the 2017 Georgia High School Association Class 4A girls basketball championship game was set, pitting Muscogee County rivals Carver and Columbus against each other, and the two principals figured they should have a friendly wager. “But we wanted to take it a step further,” Columbus principal Marvin Crumbs said Thursday. “We wanted to have a positive aspect, not just for our student body but also outside of our student body, some long-term effect.”

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3 Muscogee County schools honored for progress in Title I program

Three schools in Muscogee County are among the 243 in the state to be honored this year as a Title I Reward School for academic performance or progress despite a significant percentage of students coming from low-income families. This year’s Title I Reward Schools in Georgia comprise 162 Highest-Performing Schools and 81 Highest-Progress Schools.

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Nearly two-thirds of Muscogee County schools ‘beat the odds’ in 2016

Nearly two-thirds of the public schools in Columbus “beat the odds” by scoring better in the state’s accountability system than statistically expected last year. According to data from the Georgia Department of Education, 64 percent of the Muscogee County School District’s 53 schools are considered 2016 Beat the Odds Schools by earning a College and Career Ready Performance Index score better than the state’s formula predicted.

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REACH scholarship to make college dreams reality

Eight eighth-graders are the first recipients in the Muscogee County School District of the four-year-old state program that selects students based on financial need and demonstrated ability to succeed.
Ang Li ali@ledger-enquirer.com
REACH scholarship to make college dreams reality 1:37

REACH scholarship to make college dreams reality

Grandparent of Mathews student expresses concerns, empathy after fatal bus crash 1:28

Grandparent of Mathews student expresses concerns, empathy after fatal bus crash

Nadine Moore, leader of the Four Points Parents Association, castigates the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and defends Muscogee County School Board member Frank Myers 3:26

Nadine Moore, leader of the Four Points Parents Association, castigates the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and defends Muscogee County School Board member Frank Myers

Community Foundation presents 2016 Smith Scholarship to Columbus High School student 1:43

Community Foundation presents 2016 Smith Scholarship to Columbus High School student