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Inside Kept our word So says mayor in first ‘State of the City’ address COMMUNITY 2

No show Brookhaven Arts Festival canceled for this year COMMUNITY 3

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AUG. 8 — AUG. 21, 2014 • VOL. 6 — NO. 16

COMMON CORE:

PRO AND CON

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You can always lean on me

Record breaker?

Home grown veggie reaches monster size ROBIN’S NEST 7

All in He fled the Nazis, then returned to fight AROUND TOWN 8

Spread the word Volunteer leads fundraiser for cancer nonprofit MAKING A DIFFERENCE 10

Dining out Alfredo’s makes you feel like family RESTAURANTS 14

Police reports

Hocofeng “Fish” Yu and daughter Aubrey, 7 months, enjoy a community concert featuring local singer and songwriter Jordan Grassi at the Brookhaven United Methodist Church on Aug. 2.

City makes case for charter school BY ANN MARIE QUILL

PHIL MOSIER

Report: DeKalb schools making progress BY ANN MARIE QUILL

annmariequill@reporternewspapers.net

annmariequill@reporternewspapers.net

City defers vote on tree ordinance again

Brookhaven’s mayor and City Council say they are ready to take on the added duty of acting as a governing board for a new charter school in the city, and they’ve also received support from the DeKalb County school superintendent. “We’re all passionate about education,” Mayor J. Max Davis told the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia on Aug. 1. “Our job is to get this school started, make sure it runs well, and that we have the best people possible to run it.” Davis and members of Brookhaven City Council went before the

The DeKalb County School District appears to be on the way to mending the problems that resulted in its being placed on academic probaNew leaders ready tion in 2012 by the agency that accredfor school year, its the district. pages 16-17. AdvancEd, the parent of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, or SACS, issued a report citing “material progress” the school district had made in confronting challenges and completing required actions.

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Find out where crime is happening in your area PUBLIC SAFETY 20

Another whack

08-08-2014 Brookhaven Reporter