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Parents fired up over possible APS redistricting

Parents fired up over possible APS redistricting

ATLANTA -- A plan to possibly close up to a dozen Atlanta public schools has some parents seeing red.

At a meeting Monday night, several parents complained that they live within walking distance from their current schools but, under the new plans, will have to travel several miles to take their children to and from school.

The proposal is based around the fact that several Atlanta schools have lost a considerable number of students lately, and consolidation will help some of the half-empty buildings reach capacity.

Another meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Young Middle School.

11Alive's Donna Lowry reports.

Need a vacation? Get 69 percent off a trip to Pigeon Forge

Need a vacation? Get 69 percent off a trip to Pigeon Forge

ATLANTA -- If the kids are getting restless and screaming for a family vacation, this weekend's DealChicken Atlanta deal was made for you.

Through Sunday night, DealChicken members can pay $99 for a weekend getaway to Pigeon Forge in Tennessee's beautiful Great Smoky Mountains.

This exclusive offer, valued at $328, is good for two adults and up to three children, and includes one night at the James Manor hotel, in the heart of all the action; $100 worth of dining certificates; a gift basket upon arrival; and five passes to the Lazer Port Fun Center.

A good way to help children and moms in need this holiday season

A good way to help children and moms in need this holiday season

Metro Atlanta - Monique Evans is the founder of Children's Pride and will be hosting a Diaper Drive for the Atlanta Diaper Relief organization next week,

The goal at Children's Pride is to pack Monique's SUV full of diapers and deliver them to offices of Atlanta Diaper Relief on Saturday, December 10, 2011. You can help this organization reach this goal by just making a $10.00 or more donation so that they can purchase needed items for the babies.

    100% of the proceeds raised will go toward purchasing diapers and other needed items for Atlanta Diaper Relief. If you would like to help, please send your donation to: Children's Pride, Inc., P.O. Box 2204, Alpharetta, Georgia 30023.

Chefs in the City with Hector Santiago

Chefs in the City with Hector Santiago

 

Meet Chef Hector Santiago from Pura Vida and Bravo TV's Top Chef on November 17th from 6-8pm at Bloomingdale's Lenox Square (Home Store) as he presents tapas selected by restaurant diners as favorites. Plus, guests will enjoy a spanish wine tasting, maragritas from Sinless Cocktails, shopping specials, fabulous door prizes and more!  

LIGHTING OF ATLANTIC STATION

LIGHTING OF ATLANTIC STATION

The 2011 Atlantic Station Tree Lighting Ceremony - Hosted this Saturday the 19th 5-8pm by: The Most positive actor in Ga!!!

Plan to be there and get shout outs, will be thousands there! FREE FOR EVERYONE! Success Spoken into existence 24/7.

 

 

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State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Revenue stamped its approval on $50 million in donations under the Georgia Scholarship Tax Credit Program.

The program lets people and businesses get tax credit for donations to scholarships for Georgia children to attend private schools.

Fifty million dollars is the most allowed under the program. In 2012, the statewide cap on donations will increase by the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index until 2018.

Individuals can donate up to $1,000, while married couples have a donation cap of $2,500. Corporations can donate up to 75 percent of their state income tax liability.

The American Federation for Children estimated more than 6,000 students last year got scholarships to attend private schools through the program.