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Ron Clark Academy makes Atlanta its classroom

Ron Clark Academy makes Atlanta its classroom

ATLANTA -- When students at Ron Clark Academy arrived at school one recent morning, they learned all of their classes would take place at different places throughout the city of Atlanta.

They boarded buses headed to surprise locations for a host of unique learning experiences for the students in fifth through eighth grades.

"Education should be about passion and about real-world experiences," said Ron Clark, co-founder of Ron Clark Academy.

"Anything can be a learning experience if you look at it in terms of how I can learn from it," said Ron Clark Academy co-founder Kim Bearden.

The students spent about an hour at each of several locations.

Clark worked with students on the floor of Philips Arena and assigned them various math problems, such as determining the number of seats for basketball games.

Spanish teacher Joyce Estrada Bailey took the students to Rhythma Studios in East Point to learn how to dance the Salsa.

Seamus Heaney to read at Emory

Seamus Heaney to read at Emory

ATLANTA -- Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney will give a free reading at Emory University next month.

Heaney will read on Saturday, Mar. 2 at 2 p.m. in the school's Glenn Auditorium.

Tickets will be available beginning Wednesday and can be picked up at a number of locations, including Emory's Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts box office, A Cappella Books in Inman Park, Charis Books and More in Little Five Points, and two Decatur bookstores -- Eagle Eye Bookshop and Little Shop of Stories.

Atlanta Schools discuss safety

Atlanta Schools discuss safety

ATLANTA -- The issue of school safety has been in the news a lot lately since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

Tuesday and Wednesday Atlanta parents can get information about what's being done to keep their kids safe.

The Atlanta school system is holding forums to talk about safety and security.  Parents are encouraged to attend and give feedback.

Schools routinely update their security procedures.  Just last week Marietta High School in Cobb County held a safety drill to practice what they would do in an emergency.

It was not a reaction to the Connecticut shooting, but it's a good reminder of why these procedures are so important.

Here's information about the first two forums in Atlanta:
- Tuesday at Therrell High School at 6p.m.
- Wednesday at Grady High School at 6p.m.

Fulton County schools set hardship transfer application deadline

Fulton County schools set hardship transfer application deadline

FULTON COUNTY -- For parents planning to apply for a 2013-14 hardship transfer, or to renew current hardship to another elementary, middle or high school in Fulton County, applications will be available January 4, with the deadline for submitting them on February 15, by 4:30 p.m. 

Forms are available online, on the Fulton County School's "Parents" page. Here, parents can print off the form and sign it, then deliver it to the Fulton County Schools' Student Assignment Office, c/o Meadows Operations Center at 5270 Northfield Blvd. College Park, GA 30349. The form can be faxed to the same address at (404) 763-5547.

Atlanta school board extends superintendent's contract

Atlanta school board extends superintendent's contract

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools Interim Superintendent Erroll Davis has an extension on his contract, but it's far from iron-clad.

The APS Board agreed Monday night to keep Davis on for up to 18 months, possibly through December 2014, while the board searches for a permanent superintendent.

"We're really just making sure that as we go out and search for a new superintendent, we have to do that over the next year or two years no matter what and we want to make sure that if we find that candidate, we're really prepared to move that candidate in," said Reuben Daniels, APS Board Chairman.

Davis' current contract expires on June 30, 2013.

Social critic to host book signing at SCAD

Social critic to host book signing at SCAD

ATLANTA -- A bestselling author will give a talk and sign copies of her latest book at SCAD Atlanta this week.

Camille Paglia, a professor of humanities and media studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, is the author of Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars. In the book, she examines more than two dozen pieces of art that have influenced the world.

Paglia's talk begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29 at SCAD Atlanta's Events Space. Admission is free with the purchase of Glittering Images ($32) or $10 without a copy of the book. SCAD students and employees will be admitted free with proper ID.

Buy advance tickets at A Cappella Books in Inman Park or online at acappellabooks.com.

Documentary on tobacco addiction comes to Fulton County

Documentary on tobacco addiction comes to Fulton County

ATLANTA -- Tobacco use is responsible for 87% of lung cancer deaths, most cases of chronic obstructive disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, 21% of all coronary heart diseases and kills more than 400,000 Americans each year, with about 700 of those deaths occurring in Fulton County.