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Here is Your AM Rundown, with news updates in 400 words or less. Get caught up on headlines and other developments you might’ve missed.
Here’s what to know for today:
- Live in Fulton County and have an opinion about your child’s school? Fulton County Schools wants to hear from you. Parents have until this Friday to complete the annual perception survey, which provides feedback to the district to determine improvements for the following school year. Responses will be anonymous.
- The Georgia State Board of Education is urging local public school districts to get prepared for the upcoming Georgia Milestones testing period after two years of delays due to the pandemic. The tests are given to students in grades three through eight and high school to measure progress in state-adopted standards. Districts like Atlanta Public Schools say they expect to see lower achievement results this spring than in pre-pandemic years.
- The city of Atlanta just received a check for more than $84,000, courtesy of the insurance company left to cover the restitution bill handed to former CFO Jim Beard. Beard was accused of improperly using a city-issued credit card when he was working for former Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration. SureTech Insurance Company covered Beard’s debt after he was accused in 2019 by the Atlanta Ethics Division of making nearly $150,000 in improper charges to the credit card from 2014 to 2018.
- Gwinnett County employees will now get a paid holiday to celebrate Juneteenth. The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday in favor of making Juneteenth an official county holiday, making it the last core metro Atlanta county to join in recognizing the date.
ICYMI: Having difficulty paying your water bill? The Atlanta Department of Watershed Management has partnered with the state Division of Family and Children Services to help low-income families with past-due water bills. Residents can find out if they are eligible and apply here.
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