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Clayton State presents 'Macbeth'

Clayton State presents 'Macbeth'

MORROW, Ga. -- Clayton State University's fall production of William Shakespeare's Macbeth opens Thursday, Nov. 8.

All performances of the classic tale about a power-hungry Scotsman will be held at the Clayton State Theater in the Arts & Science building.

Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 8-10, Nov. 15 and Nov. 16.

Admission is free for Clayton State students, faculty and staff, and $5 for the public.

Learn more at clayton.edu.

1 Henry school among Ga. Reward Schools

1 Henry school among Ga. Reward Schools

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- One Henry County elementary school is among this year's Georgia Department of Education Reward Schools.

Reward Schools are the Georgia schools with the highest performance or biggest academic gains by students in the last three years.

"These schools are shining examples of what we can achieve in public education in Georgia," Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I want to take what's working at our Reward Schools and replicate that in every school in the state. These are the schools making education work for all Georgians."

Stockbridge Elementary School made the list of High Progress Schools. These schools are among the top 10% of Title I schools in Georgia, meaning that they are making the most progress to improve student performance on statewide assessments like the CRCT.

Confused over the Charter School Amendment?

Confused over the Charter School Amendment?

ATLANTA -- If you're confused about Amendment One on this year's general election ballot, you're not alone.

Wednesday we asked some early voters in Cobb County what they thought of the wording, which asks:

"Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"

"It was a bit confusing," said voter Brett Atkinson.

Voter Larshaun Williams said she would not have understood it without doing a lot of homework first.

"Definitely," she told 11 Alive, "I would not have known which direction to go."

Even more confusing to some is the wording of the preamble, just before the actual amendment question:

"Provides for improving student achievement and parental involvement through more public charter school options."

There's now a lawsuit claiming that preamble wording is misleading in favor of the amendment.

50 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up' to promote tolerance

50 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up' to promote tolerance

ATLANTA -- Fifty schools in Georgia were represented at this year's Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

The event, which is part of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project, encourages children to step outside their comfort zones and sit with someone new at lunch.

"When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common," Teaching Tolerance director Maureen Costello said in a statement. "Mix It Up is a positive step that can help create schools where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group."

Nearly 3,000 schools across the country took part in Mix It Up at Lunch Day on Oct. 30.

Participating Georgia schools include:

Atlanta
Galloway School
North Atlanta HS
School of Health Sciences and Research at Carver

Bibb County
Stratford Academy

50 Ga. teens named to Student Advisory Council

50 Ga. teens named to Student Advisory Council

ATLANTA -- Fifty high school students from across Georgia have been selected to serve on the 2012-13 Student Advisory Council.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge announced the members of his council Friday.

"The Student Advisory Council allows me to hear directly from students in our schools and discuss major initiatives with them," Barge said in a statement. "The council also gives students the opportunity to share with me their ideas and concerns, which we can use to shape future state policies."

PHOTOS | Dr. Barge visits Woodstock schools

More than 750 students from 121 Georgia school districts applied to serve on this year's council.

Clayton State to show 'Murderball' for Disability Awareness Month

Clayton State to show 'Murderball' for Disability Awareness Month

MORROW, Ga. -- Clayton State University's Disability Resource Center will kick off Disability Awareness Month by showing the Academy Award-nominated documentary Murderball.

The movie will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1 in room 272 of the James M. Baker University Center.

According to a release from Clayton State:

This amazing documentary chronicles the lives of rough-and-tumble rugby players, who also happen to be wheelchair users, on their quest for Olympic gold. The movie follows the hard-hitting action on the court, where players smash each other with reinforced wheelchairs, and off the court. These amazing men will make you think differently about the word "disability."

Tameeka Hunter, who works in the Disability Resource Center, calls Murderball "an unflinching look at disability, sexuality and Olympic competition."

Henry County SAT scores released

Henry County SAT scores released

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- The average SAT scores for Georgia's Class of 2012 were released Monday.

According to the results, which were posted by the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia's graduating seniors scored an average of 1452 out of 2400 on the test.

Two Henry County high schools had higher average scores than Georgia's average -- Ola High, with a score of 1487, and Union Grove High, where the average score was 1533.

The score breakdown of Henry County's high schools is as follows:

Dutchtown HS
238 students took the SAT in 2012
Overall: 1406
Critical Reading: 476
Math: 468
Writing: 462

Eagles Landing HS
55 students took the SAT in 2012
Overall: 1428
Critical Reaidng: 474
Math: 486
Writing: 468

Henry County HS
137 students took the SAT in 2012
Overall: 1248
Critical Reading: 424
Math: 422
Writing: 402