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Happy holidays: You’re admitted to UGA

Many Georgia seniors find out today whether they will walk through the UGA arches next year.

Many Georgia seniors find out today whether they will walk through the UGA arches next year.

Congratulations to early admits at UGA who find out today. To the high school seniors still waiting for good news, hang in there. I hope spring brings an acceptance letter.

I have to note here that my oldest transferred to UGA and is now at Georgetown University for graduate school. So far this year, she tells me that most every book she has been assigned to read in her master’s program was assigned to her as an undergraduate at UGA.

The AJC is writing a news story on UGA early admissions. If you are among the students getting good news and are willing to share, please contact Laura Diamond at ldiamond@ajc.com.

Here is the statement from UGA:

For some 6,100 high school seniors, the holidays will be off to a happy start when they learn they have been offered early admission to the University of Georgia.

Those who applied for “early-action” admission to UGA can learn their status in …

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Today: Back to school for us. What to do about waning HOPE and the long-awaited APS cheating report.

UPDATED: Just dropped my two off to middle school. Mine were frozen with fear, but were not crying. I saw two sixth graders in tears. Most others seemed tense, but not paralyzed. Hoping for happier scenes by week’s end. Teachers were doing their best to project cheeriness and excitement, but I think kids are naturally scared of the bigger school and the eighth graders who appear old enough to drive themselves to school. I found the staff very helpful and that reassured me, if not my twins.

Saw an endearing sight on the way; All the parents of kids in my neighborhood starting elementary school gathered them for a photo down the street. There were 22 or so young kids with their new backpacks and their back-to-school outfits and about 35 parents in front of them with cameras and video recorders. Lots of parents carrying paper towels and hand sanitizer, which is today’s version of an apple for the teacher. Off to cover HOPE. Talk to you all later.

I am not the only parent who …

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“Super” seniors denied HOPE for extra semester. Is it fair?

Morning folks,

I am running this op-ed on the Monday education page in the AJC. It is by a UGA “super” senior.

While I don’t think we are going to see any expansion of the HOPE Scholarship this year or in the near future, I think she makes good points. Enjoy the piece and let’s discuss. I think this is a big issue at Georgia Tech where kids often go longer than four years.

(Monday morning 8:22: By the way, Amanda has come onto the blog to respond to some of the critical comments to her piece. Thanks, Amanda, for taking on the critics.

And to the critics, let’s keep this discussion civil.  I know that most of us are used to the wild west nature of the online world, but this may well be Amanda’s first foray. She may never come back again. Maureen.)

Please read her entry.

By Amanda Hammons

I am a “super-senior” at the University of Georgia.

The HOPE Scholarship has provided the resources necessary to maximize my college experience and allowed me to soak in the five-star …

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