2015-16 School Choice Applications now available

School Choice applications are now available.

Be sure to review the school capacity listings to ensure your choice school has openings in your grade level.

The deadline to apply is February 28.


Cobb County Capitol Day, February 10

StudentsFirst Georgia is hosting Cobb County at the Capitol!

Cobb County residents will get the chance to speak to their legislator and meet with other concerned Cobb County members to discuss the important education issues that will be discussed in 2015.

This is your opportunity to communicate your concerns with elected officials and let them know what issues you support.

To sign up for the Cobb County Capitol Day, go to

NOW/COMP Community Forums

The Division of Developmental Disabilities is planning a series of public forums to collect comments and suggestions for the Medicaid Waiver Programs for people with developmental disabilities. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a positive difference in the direction of services for individuals with developmental disabilities in Georgia.

At this meeting you will:
· Receive the latest information on the NOW/COMP waivers from Catherine Ivy, director of community services for the division of developmental disabilities.
· Participate in a focused discussion with other advocates and record your suggestions for improvements to services within the NOW/COMP waivers.
· Network with other stakeholders who share your experiences and concerns.
· Have the opportunity to positively impact services provided in Georgia.

Who should attend: anyone who participates in receiving, providing or managing waiver services in any of these programs:
· New Options Waiver (NOW)
· Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)

February 5, 2015 – Cartersville
Afternoon session
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Cartersville Civic Center
435 West Main Street
Cartersville, GA 30120
RSVP: cartersvillehcbs@gmail.com
Please indicate if you are family member, self-advocate or provider.

February 10, 2015 – Norcross
Afternoon or Evening session
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Lucky Shoals Park Recreation Center
4651 Britt Road
Norcross, GA 30093
RSVP: norcrosshcbs@gmail.com
Please indicate afternoon or evening session and if you are a family member, self-advocate or provider.

February 17, 2015 – Savannah
Afternoon session
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Coastal Georgia Center/Georgia Southern University
316 Fahm Street
Savannah, GA 31401
RSVP: savannahhcbs@gmail.com
Please indicate if you are family member, self-advocate or provider.

February 24, 2015 – Tifton
Afternoon session
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center
15 R D C Road
Tifton, GA 31794
RSVP: tiftonhcbs@gmail.com
Please indicate if you are family member, self-advocate or provider.

February 28, 2015 – Athens
Morning session
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
In collaboration with the Northeast Georgia Transition Team
UGA Tate Center
45 Baxter Center
Athens, GA 30602
RSVP: athenshcbs@gmail.com
Please indicate if you are family member, self-advocate or provider.

Hosted by the Georgia Department Behavioral Health and Developmental
Disabilities, Division of Developmental Disabilities, in collaboration with
the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University, Parent
to Parent of Georgia and the Northeast Georgia Transition Team

Advocacy Training, Tuesday, February 3 at 11 am

Steven Quinn of StudentsfirstGA will provide advocacy training at the Powder Springs Library on Tuesday, February 3 at 11:00 am. Steven will provide training on how to be an effective special education advocate and have your voice heard by the Georgia General Assembly.

Powder Springs Library (note: Enter the meeting room off the side entrance of the Library)
4181 Atlanta Street, Bldg. 1
Powder Springs, Georgia 30127

Tuesday, February 3, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

CCSD Board Meeting Wednesday, 1/14 at 8:30 am

Just a reminder that the next CCSD Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 1/14 at 8:30 am.

If you wish to speak at public comment, sign up from 8:00 am – 8:25 am.

514 Glover Street
Marietta, GA 30060

Wednesday, 1/14 @ 8:30 am

There are two new board members, Susan Thayer – Post 2 and David Chastain – Post 4.