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Application deadline for Ga. Civic Awareness Program for Students extended to Sept. 20

Application deadline for Ga. Civic Awareness Program for Students extended to Sept. 20

CONYERS, Ga. – For the second consecutive year, Rockdale County will provide civic education to the County’s youth through the Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students (GCAPS).

Developed by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG), GCAPS spotlights the ongoing need for increased civic awareness and engagement among Georgia’s youth. The program gives high school students direct access to local government by educating them about the responsibilities of local government and the essential services it provides to citizens. The program is funded through a grant from ACCG.

“We are excited to bring County government closer to another group of Rockdale youth,” Rockdale County GCAPS Program Manager Brittany Johnson said. “The GCAPS program offers our high school students a vital opportunity to experience government beyond the classroom and showcases the importance of local officials and citizens working together.”

Rockdale schools oppose charter school amendment

Rockdale schools oppose charter school amendment

CONYERS, Ga. -- The Rockdale County Board of Education is asking residents to vote "no" for the charter school amendment.

The amendment, which will appear on the ballot during the Nov. 6 election, gives Georgia the right to authority to charter independent schools.

"The Rockdale County Board of Education opposes a dual taxpayer funding system to support state-approved charter schools which will diminish the ability of the state to restore the $5 billion in austerity reductions for Georgia schools system and fully fund public education," the school system said in a statement.

Read the full statement here.

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Student Advisory Council is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

The Student Advisory Council reports to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

The council will meet twice during the school year -- Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Mar. 6. Applicants must be available to meet on both days.

All Georgia students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," Barge said in a statement. "We want to make education work for all Georgia's students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens."

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Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

ATLANTA -- Georgia's military and overseas citizens will be able to participate in the state's upcoming presidential primary by e-vote starting later this month.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said those voters can access their absentee ballots electronically starting Jan. 21 for the Mar. 6 election.

Kemp and Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Jim Butterworth will conduct a joint outreach and education effort to promote voting opportunities for military personnel and their families.

Go here for more information: www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

Town hall meeting to address 2012 legislative session

Town hall meeting to address 2012 legislative session

CONYERS, Ga. -- The Rockdale County Legislative Delegation will hold a town hall meeting in early January to discuss the upcoming session of the Georgia General Assembly.

Attendees include:

* Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D-Lithonia)
* Rep. Pam Dickerson (D-Conyers)
* Sen. Rick Jeffares (R-Locust Grove)
* Rep. Dar'shun Kendrick (D-Lithonia)
* Sen. Ronald Ramsey (D-Decatur)
* Rep. Pam Stephenson (D-Decatur)

All Rockdale County residents are encouraged to attend this important meeting, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5.

It will be at the Rockdale Career Academy, 1064 Culpepper Drive in Conyers.

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

ATLANTA -- Jud Turner has been appointed director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR board made the appointment official this week after Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Turner for the post.

Turner replaces F. Allen Barnes, who is leaving to work in the private sector.

Turner is a founding partner in the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett LLC and public affairs firm Georgia360 LLC. He was former Gov. Sonny Perdue's lead attorney and represented the governor during negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during the state's severe drought.

Turner has also served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education.