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List of "No Excuses" Schools

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Forty-four Georgia schools that serve low-income areas were honored Wednesday as "No Excuses" schools.

Five of them are in Dougherty County.

Dr. Zeda George is the head of International Studies Elementary Charter School.

"Faculty and staff work very hard, and we have parents who are interested in their students doing well, and we don't accept excuses."

Her school made the list and so did four others:

Alice Coachman Elementary, Lincoln Elementary Magnet, Magnolia Elementary, and Sylvester Road Elementary School will all be honored as no excuses schools.

The schools on the list have a poverty rate above the state average of 51 percent and meet Adequate Yearly Progress.

"We get children from all over the county," said George.

Research shows higher poverty levels often equal lower the test scores; Dr. George says they're all working hard to change that.

"We used to have an after school program, we were coming on Saturdays, I had Saturday school for 14 Saturdays," she said.

School administrators say accolades like this one mean all the hard work to get students a good education is worth it.

"We do remediation, we come early, we stay late we do whatever it takes, we always said we're the extra mile school, we did whatever it took to get our students to the next level," said George.

Out of 2,063 schools in the state, only 44 had made the list, this principle is glad that five are in Dougherty County.

"The foundation is so very important so we give it our all," said George.

With all five schools on the list elementary schools, Dougherty County is proving despite the poverty rate they do have a strong foundation.

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation is a nonpartisan research and education foundation that promotes limited government and individual responsibility.

The selection of No Excuses schools is based on the Foundation's 2009 Report Card for Parents, and available at www.gppf.org.

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