Georgia will become one of 10 states to participate in a federal program aimed at improving the way students get free or reduced-price lunches at school. At least two school districts in metro Atlanta — Clayton County Schools and Atlanta Public Schools — have signed up so far for the Community Eligibility Option.
A metro Atlanta school board struggling with its finances has voted to keep middle school sports programs in the district, but parents will be asked to help pay for them. Clayton County parents will have to pay $35 for each student who plays sports.
A third Georgia school system may have accreditation problems with the agency that oversees the standards. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has ordered the DeKalb County school district to provide evidence of their compliance with its guidelines by Sept. 11. SACS will use that information to decide whether a full-scale investigation into the system's policies is necessary.