More and more schools are keeping parents informed via Twitter. “Tweets” – little 140-character messages and updates like phone text messages in a Web site – "about student achievement, homework, school plays and school boards in Georgia and across the nation are being sent to [parents] like breaking news bulletins interrupting network programming," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. As of the article's pub date this week (4/29), the Georgia Department of Education had the beginnings of a following, at 62 followers. "Forsyth County Schools, which debuted as the first metro Atlanta public school on Twitter in March, has 300 followers. That’s more eyes glued to its posts than the nation’s largest district, the New York City Department of Education, which only has 220," according to the Journal-Constitution. But – get this – Florida's Broward County School District has a whopping 900 followers, adding new ones at a rate of about 200 a week!
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