A long-underperforming Savannah high school appears to be making good on its federal turnaround money. Beach High School hasn't met academic standards for Adequate Yearly Progress since the No Child Left Behind Law was passed nine years ago. Based on test results, though, officials say, they believe Beach will make AYP for the first time ever.
Big changes are in store for one of Savannah's worst public schools. The new principal at Groves High School on Monday was scheduled to tell parents about a plan to turn around one of three Savannah schools where officials fired half the teachers in a bid to boost performance. Groves had been on No Child Left Behind's Needs Improvement list for five years.
The President Pro Temp of the Georgia Senate says, he'd like to start up pilot programs to see if books in Georgia middle schools could be replaced with iPads. Tommie Williams says, Georgia wouldn't be the first state to try going bookless. Texas and Virginia schools are trying iPads -- as is one private school in Savannah.
Savannah-Chatham County school officials say, they expect some push-back because of new school reform ideas being considered as part of the federal Race to the Top program. Under that program, the public schools in Chatham County would get about $13 to turn-around under-performing schools and get students up to their reading levels. But the aim is to change public education. And that could ruffle some feathers.